Magazine article The New Yorker

The Wooly Public

Magazine article The New Yorker

The Wooly Public

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The Wooly Public

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Since 2009, soirees for the young and well-heeled have taken place in a hidden lounge known as the Wooly, situated at the base of Woolworth Building, now a hundred and four years old. Last winter, the proprietors, David Tobias and Eric Adolfsen, opened a companion bar next door called the Wooly Public. A bar for the people was refreshing news in inequitable times, particularly after the upper half of the great building, a neo-Gothic landmark built by the founder of the five-and-dime chain, was recently turned into luxury condominiums. While the condo owners may be unlikely to mingle with the masses downstairs over burgers, 'nduja, and devilled eggs, perhaps--if, say, they're Russian oil tycoons keen to take secret meetings with American kleptocrats--they'll appreciate the establishment's shadowy corners and deafening acoustics. …

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