Pandemic Shift: McSorleys Marches On

Posted on: May 25th, 2021 at 5:12 am by

On March 16, 2020, bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer capture the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments.

Here are Mike, Dave, and Hayden, standing by the doorway of McSorleys Old Ale House on East 7th Street.

It’s the oldest bar in New York, renowned for its generosity to customers who hang out way too long. One of the most historic spots to show off to out-of-towners. Joseph Mitchell wrote a beautiful piece for The New Yorker in 1940 called “The Old House At Home” that is available online.

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