Tavern on the Green is located at 67th Street and Central Park West in New York City and has welcomed guests from movie and television celebrities to sports figures, musicians, writers, politicians and foreign dignitaries. The late Beatle, John Lennon, lived in the Dakota, which is across the street and often celebrated his birthday there in the 1970‘s. It has been the home of many elaborate, even over the top, weddings and receptions.
The restaurant is a treasure trove of Tiffany stained glass windows and chandeliers. Waterford and Baccarat crystal stemware and candelabras adorn the tables. Rows of Waterford chandeliers line the Crystal Room. A hand painted secret garden wall mural in the Crystal Pavilion conceals a sliding wall that opens to the Crystal Room or the Rafter Room. A baby grand piano has had its ivories tickled by a host of well known musicians, and some ‘wannabe’ musicians.
Tavern on the Green’s last hurrah was New Year’s Eve 2009. It was a small party by some standards, with 1,700 guests who paid anywhere from $125 to $500 to say goodbye to a legendary landmark. The line of limousines and taxis outside rivaled that of a Las Vegas boxing event.
Sadly, in January of 2010 all of these artifacts will be auctioned in a bankruptcy sale. One of the creditors, the City of New York, is owed approximately $76,000,000 and has claimed ownership of several of the works of art, and of the name, ’Tavern of the Green’ which alone is valued at $19,000,000. The sale will take place on the premises by Guernsey’s Auction House of New York.