This corner, at Centre Market Place, was the location of a polling place in the 1860s, a church in the 1870s, and a deadly jewelry store robbery in the 1920s.
A brothel operated there, as did a saloon-turned-speakeasy catering to officers who worked across the street at the old police headquarters.
Cops didn’t have to actually cross the street to get a drink there. A tunnel was dug from the police building directly to the bar (and still exists today; it’s now a wine cellar). Very convenient.
Now it’s the site of a restaurant/bar called O’Nieal’s. And though the neighborhood no longer has raffish old New York charm, O’Nieal’s lovely ceiling will transport you back to that version of the city.
The beautifully carved chunk of mahogany wood spans the entire restaurant. Walk in, and look up.
[Top photo: onieals.com]
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