Scouting NY recently gained access to the boarded up building on the corner of Berry and N. 5th, which turns out to have been Gallagher’s Ship’s Mast, a dive popular with middle-aged artists in the 80s; it closed in the early 90s following a dispute with the landlord about rent. (The owner’s wife told the Times it was personal—the owner’s landlady was his ex.) It was sealed up and largely untouched: the big old wooden bar is still there, as are old posters, decorations, kitchen stuff, a Post-It note (still stuck to the wall!), a free calendar from 1987, and a marker-board declaring where and when the next court date would be. That court date didn’t go so well; the Ship’s Mast was evicted in 1993, but not before nine people were arrested trying to prevent city marshals from enforcing the eviction order.
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