New York’s Iconic Goodfellas Bar Saved At 11th Hour From Being Iced Forever

Neir’s Tavern in Queens, which was prominently featured in the classic mob film Goodfellas, was saved from an expected closing this past Sunday.

The 189-year-old bar, which was depicted as the place where the infamous Lufthansa robbery was planned by movie mobsters Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, among others, would have been shut down because of a crippling rent increase. However, politicians intervened, and after negotiations with the landlord, a new five-year and affordable lease agreement was structured.

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Robert De Niro at Neir’s Tavern in scene from Goodfellas (1990)

Bar owner Loycent Gordon emailed the good news to his friends and customers and stated that the rent was expected to rise to an untenable $5,400 from $1,100 a month before negotiations brought it down to an undisclosed amount.

Gordon tried to obtain landmark status for the building earlier this year but failed. It is one of New York’s oldest existing taverns.

Building owner Henry Shi, City Councilman Robert Holden and Assemblyman Mike Miller met and found a path to compromise.

Besides its cameo in Goodfellas, the bar also hosted actress Mae West’s first performance.