After 66 years, Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern will be officially closing on February 28th. Just off the Bedford stop in Williamsburg, Greenpoint Tavern is an affordable long-time spot and a gem of the neighborhood.
The tavern was opened in 1955 by Rosemary Bleady, 86, who pays visits to her bar and patrons frequently. The staff and Bleady, who consider each other family are heartbroken. Bleady has spent her whole life minding the bar and owns an apartment just below where she has raised a family and made a lifetime of memories.
Blame the closing on gentrification. The whole block has been getting bought up and the tavern was one of the few remaining buildings. RedSky Capital has been attempting to claim the rest of the block for a while and they were finally successful. “…properties on either side of the Tavern are officially under RedSky ownership, leaving Rosemary with no choice but to surrender and sell the building, as its infrastructure will not hold up against the new developments, and would be unsafe to stay,” says Free Williamsburg.
This is a real loss. Head on over to Rosemary’s to pay your respects and join a number of sorrowful folks having one last drink at their favorite bar.