Monday, December 19, 2005

Astoria's Bohemian Hall

Back in 2000, the New York Times profiled Bohemian Hall in A Beer Garden in Astoria Shelters a Lost Era.

The building features New York's last remaining beer garden, "a grove of about 20 old trees -- maples, sycamores and lindens -- enclosed by a high wall" with "the sheltering feel of an ancient European village, where the townspeople gather for beer and gossip."

Bohemian Hall was built in 1930 as a cultural and community center for local Czechs. They mostly lived in Yorkville in Manhattan at that time, but built the hall in Astoria because there they were able to build big.

The beer garden might be out of season, but Bohemian Hall is hosting a New Year's Eve celebration, with an all-night buffet, open bar and live entertainment. The event runs from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and tickets cost $65.00. Call 718-274-4925 for more information.

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