• A chance meeting on 27th Street shapes two new NYC haunts
BY JASON SHEFTELL
Friday, July 16th 2010
New York City could be the only place in the United States where the local pub and cafe is as important as your home. Why is easy. New Yorkers live in closet apartments where couches touch front doors and pint-size refrigerators double as side tables. Cafes have become our offices; bars and restaurants our dining halls.
No one knows this better than Pete O’Connell, co-owner of Molly’s Shebeen on 22nd St. and Third Ave. and the Paris Cafe on Peck Slip, two of the most historic neighborhood pub restaurants in the city.
“I know bars and I know people who drink in them, but I don’t know a lick about designing them,” says O’Connell, 62, who opened Molly’s in 1991 and tended bar there until recently. “I’m just a poor farmer from Ireland. I like homey bars. When I wanted to open new spaces that would bring people together in New York, I thought FIT could help.”....
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