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CHRIS POH
Chris Poh as seen in American Public House ReviewTwenty years ago I lived amongst the 7.3 million people that inhabited Manhattan Island at the time. Today I live in a small river town with a total population of 1,491. Quite frankly, nothing much about my life has changed other than the fact that I no longer spend two hours a day underground commuting to and from work. Why the town fathers of Frenchtown, New Jersey refuse to recognize the value of subterranean transportation is beyond me.

During my stay on the Upper East Side I tended bar downtown in Chelsea at Peter McManus’. I was considered an outsider, not because I recently came in from Jersey, but because I lived north of 29th Street. Most of my coworkers seldom left the neighborhood. One went so far as to turn down a dinner invitation claiming that a journey to the Upper East Side would be disorienting and quite possibly life threatening. It was during my tenure at this New York City institution  that I came to realize that cities are nothing more than a collection of small towns huddled together on a piece ground with a common political border, subject to the same charms and provincial attitudes that distinguish any American community.

In this issue we offer for your consideration five classic taverns, that although their appeal is universal, each one is truly defined by the smaller communities that they serve. Unfortunately because this island needs to grow skyward many similar landmarks have already tasted the wrecking ball. So in the spirit of urban pub preservation we decided to dedicate this issue to New York’s neighborhood taverns.

Next month the crew heads west to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania to share the best kept secret in America. This town throws the most superb St. Patrick’s Day party on the continent! And best of all, this year the party is on March 9th, so there is plenty of time to get back to Boston, New York or Dublin by the 17th.
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