Magazine article The New Yorker

O'Hara's

Magazine article The New Yorker

O'Hara's

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O'Hara's

120 Cedar St. (212-267-3032)

On September 11, 2001, Mike Keane, a co-owner of this beloved Irish pub, just south of the World Trade Center, watched the first tower fall from the bar's roof, where he'd gone to put out some small fires that had started when the plane hit. Keane made it to safety; the bar was badly damaged. When it reopened, seven months later, it became a haven for locals and Ground Zero workers. At a gathering a year after the attacks, a construction worker nicknamed Big John ripped an embroidered patch off a fireman's uniform and stapled it to the wall; this became a tradition. Now more than seven thousand patches--London Ambulance Service, Lowell Fire Department, Emerald Society Pipes & Drums--are on display. On a recent, hopping Friday night, as patrons drank draft beer, ate pub food, and listened to Squeeze on the jukebox, Paul Mackin, another co-owner, handed a visitor a framed flag that had flown over the Pentagon in honor of O'Hara's. …

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