Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern

Estate Sale at Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern This Weekend

An estate sale at Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern (188 Bedford Ave.) this weekend is putting the historic Williamsburg bars’ furnishings up for grabs, Bedford and Bowery reports.

Rosemary’s with signs advertising the estate sale

The sale is from the family who owned the building up until developers Red Sky Capital purchased Rosemary’s building. The bar closed for good on February 28th after 64 years.

The sale takes place Saturday, March 30th, and Sunday, March 31st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days; a preview of the sale is up at All American Tag Sales. The photos suggest that it’s not just the bar contents that are for sale, but the apartment furnishings above the bar where Rosemary Bleyday herself lived for decades. Continue reading

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Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern Closing on February 28th

Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern is closing on February 28th following 60-plus years at 188 Bedford Ave. where it opened in 1955. The Williamsburg cash-only throwback to pre-luxury times is known for its affordable drinks, chummy bartenders and rockin’ jukebox. Rosemary’s closing was originally reported by Brooklyn Based.

The bar’s namesake, Rosemary Bleday, worked at the bar since her 20s after her family relocated the watering-hole from its original Green Street location in Greenpoint. Now at age 86, Bleday is seeking to move from her apartment above the bar after she is released from the hospital where she is being treated for a recent injury.

Gothamist spoke with her grandson Eric Carson who said that the demolition and development on both bordering parcels threaten the structural integrity of the wood frame building at 188 Bedford Avenue:

Carson says that the bar held out for a long time, even as they got offers left and right over time, and in recent years as the developer bought up the buildings beside Rosemary’s, which is located at 188 Bedford Avenue, near North 7th Street. In 2016, RedSky Capital bought the three-story, three-unit building next door, at 190 Bedford Avenue, for $13.2 million, as The Real Deal reports. In what the publication dubs a “nearly block-long assemblage,” the developers also purchased the building next to that, at 192 Bedford, as well as Rosemary’s other neighbors at 184-186 Bedford Avenue.

“Unfortunately in doing that—them knocking down two buildings on either side of us, being a wood frame building—according to an engineer report, puts us at serious risk for damage,” he says. “And my grandmother living up here wouldn’t be safe or conducive to running a business.”

There are no plans to reopen another Rosemary’s according to the family, who are seeking to go out in a spirit of celebration over the final three weeks.

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