Seen & Heard: Name and Gender Change at Murray Street Pub

••• The sidewalk shed on the southern half of Independence Plaza was taken down yesterday. The guys said the shed to the north isn’t going anywhere.

••• On Instagram, Postmasters gallery posted a powerful photo by Tamas Banovich of a homeless person in Tribeca.

••• The pub coming to 57 Murray, formerly Cricketers Arms, has undergone a name—and gender?—change: Instead of Hell Cat Maggie, it’ll be Monk McGinn’s. The website doesn’t work yet, but the banner promises “Kitchen and Crafts.” Wouldn’t it be great if that meant knitting and decoupage? From the earlier post about Hell Cat Maggie:

The four principals are John Carey, Damian O’Brian, Sean Murray, Dennis Langevin, all of whom listed Long Island addresses. Carey has been involved in two pubs on Murray over the years: Biddy Early’s (43 Murray) and Lilly O’Briens (first 67 Murray and now 18 Murray). Only 18 Murray was mentioned on the application—perhaps because Biddy Early’s was reviled by the neighbors—although 43 Murray is clearly on Carey’s State Liquor Authority record. The menu they submitted to CB1 is the Lilly O’Briens menu. According to the application, Hell Cat Maggie will be 3,800 square feet, spread over two levels, with seating for 153 patrons, if I’m reading the application correctly. (The total capacity is 240.)

••• Two updates regarding the Community Board 1 Quality of Life Committee meeting on October 19: An item was added about 53 Beach, where there have been reports of off-hours construction; and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s presentation about a code of conduct was pushed to November.

••• I peeked into Poke Green (275 Greenwich) a week or two ago and it looked far from ready; now it’s nearly done.



  1. Regarding the name for the pub at 57 Murray, Walter “Monk” McGinn was the name of a character performed by Brendan Gleeson in the 2002 “Gangs of New York” film. This Wikipedia page also references Hell-Cat Maggie.

  2. “…far from ready…now it’s nearly done…” should be embroidered into a red flag that can be conveniently raised for any food-related enterprise.