by Kevin Walsh

Quiet Man Bar, 96-03 101st Avenue in Ozone Park. The name of the pub may perplex some Ozone Parkers, but most of its patrons are no doubt aware that it is named for The Quiet Man, a 1952 John Ford movie, starring John Wayne as an American former boxer who retires to Ireland seeking his roots in that country. It was among both Ford’s and Wayne’s favorites.

The Quiet Man trailer:

One measure of this film’s enduring appeal: In 1986, 34 years after its release, the wife of a young New York police officer, who was shot and paralyzed on the job [PO Steven McDonald], saw fit to tell reporters The Quiet Man was her husband’s favorite movie and that he adored its female star, Maureen O’Hara. After reading the report, O’Hara flew to New York and went to the officer’s bedside to offer comfort and boost his morale. She became actively involved with the couple during his long recovery and physical therapy, attended their baby’s christening and marched in a parade on his behalf. Turner Classic Movies



april March 26, 2014 - 7:03 am

One of only two Wayne films I truly value (the other being True Grit), this snippet of yours made me smile, Pilgrim.

Jb digriz September 6, 2017 - 11:41 pm

But how was the bar?

Ron Gill April 23, 2018 - 9:47 am

My grandfather Al Wilson, who was a boxer lived at this location in the 20s.
There were at least 11 people in the family that were living here at the time.
Grandpa was a boxer, carpenter, bootlegger and hooch smuggler.
He had a sailboat that was over 50′ long that he would use to meet his Canadian friends off shore to bring “product” home.
He was very socially active down on the raunt in Broad Channel where he worked with The Broad Channel Yacht Club and American Veterans.
He also had a fishing station on Broad Channel.
My great grandfather Wilson had a Blacksmith shop at the junction of Rockaway Boulevard, Woodhaven Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
I hope to get up your way to visit your pub someday. I live in Woodstock Georgia now.


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