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Remnants of Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern to be Sold at Estate Sale This Weekend

Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern closed its doors on Feb. 28. (Eden, Janine and Jim)

March 28, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

The remaining pieces of the now-closed Williamsburg institution Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern will be sold off in an estate sale this weekend at the Bedford Avenue bar.

On Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, buyers will be able to take home a piece of the bar that served as a local watering hole to many Williamsburg residents until it closed for good last month after a 64-year run. Real Estate developer RedSky Capital, which is in contract to purchase the building, is organizing the estate sale.

Up for sale are the bar’s iconic neon signs, booths, bar stools, TVs, the cash register, mirrors, glasses, bottles of liquor and much more.

The estate sale also includes items from the apartment above, occupied by the bar’s namesake, Rosemary Bleday, who worked at the bar since her parents first opened it at Green Street and Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint in 1955.

The bar later moved to its current location at 188 Bedford Ave. where Bleday, now 86, tended bar until recently.

The decision to close the bar was made after the demolition of the buildings next door by RedSky Capital put Rosemary’s at risk of losing structural integrity. Once they closed on the sale of 188 Bedford Ave., RedSky will own a string of several adjoining buildings running from 184 to 192 Bedford Ave.

A full list of items that will be up for sale this weekend can be found online.

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greenpoint tavern sign is no longer available it should been donated to greenpoint historic and not sold it landmark


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