In Case You Were Hoping Against Hope: The Cedar Tavern Is Definitely Gone for Good

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With McSorley’s celebrating its 155th (or is it 147th?), our minds turn to another landmark tavern, the Cedar. Prudential Douglas Elliman managing director Tamir Shemesh was recently given legal approval to start selling the apartments at 82 University Place and can now confirm that the gutted ground floor will be used strictly for retail. Of course, the Cedar was originally at 24 University (it relocated in the sixties, when its artsy and literary clientele dropped off), but don’t expect it to make another move — Shemesh says that although the property’s owner, Michael Diliberto, had originally planned to reopen the bar, he’s now completely out of the nightlife game, especially after his brother and partner, Joe, died in 2007. “A lot of celebrities that live nearby ask me if it’s coming back,” Shemesh tells us. “When I tell them no, they’re kind of bummed.” Bummer isn’t the word. Apartments, located “right in the heart of Manhattan’s Gold Coast,” per the listing, hit the market at $1.67 million and the building should be ready for occupation in three to four months.

Update: The owner speaks.