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We are the only women in the bar, which to be fair, is kind of the point of Farrell’s, the 83-year-old drinking institution on the corner of Prospect Park West and 16th Street. A firemen’s haunt since its founding in 1933, when Windsor Terrace was full of working-class Irish, the neighborhood staple has held on to much of its original character even as the streetscape around it has changed. All glossy waxed wood, dim...
Having had a hand in literally building the city—immigrating to New York in waves since the dawn of the 19th century—Irish settlers have contributed a lot more to the Brooklyn way of life than just Jameson and Guinness. They’ve also created some of the most convivial establishments to drink them in. And while a lamentable majority of the borough’s most beloved public houses have vanished, a fair number remain, many dating back 80 years or...
There was a time before gentrifiers made it all the way to Ditmas Park that Irish and Italian gangs, with names like the Shamrock Boys and South Brooklyn Boys, warred around Prospect Park’s southwest and western borders. That was about when, a half century ago, Jimmy Houlihan started slinging drinks at Farrell’s, the venerable Windsor Terrace bar. “I was born in the neighborhood,” says Houlihan, affectionately called Houlie by, among many others, the younger bartender—a...
Yesterday brought word that, come July, New York City will join the ranks of such eco-conscious cities as Berkeley, Portland, and Washington DC, and ban all single-use styrofoam products. And while I absolutely approve of this measure (styrofoam is not recyclable, doesn't biodegrade for hundreds of years, clogs landfills, and—perhaps most importantly—makes a noise akin to fingernails scraping a chalkboard when two piece of it rub together ~shudder~), I do recognize that the end...

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