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Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

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Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper
Czech and Slovak cultural center, restaurant and beer garden
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Czechs who settled in Queens in the mid-19th century established Bohemian Hall on the model of a European beer garden. Since its establishment in 1910 it has been an important social and cultural center. Still run by Czechs, it is the last such picnic park in New York City--a reminder of a time when many such informal public places existed, serving as gathering points between home and work where whole families could go for the pleasures of good company, laughter and lively conversation.

With its gracious, walled outdoor courtyard, Bohemian Hall also hosts choral groups, folk dance societies, and the traditional European gymnastic program, sokol. Still each year in May, the Czech and Slovak Festival is celebrated, attracting close to 800 celebrants. Early on, the club began renting out the courtyard to other Queens ethnic groups for their own festivities which use the walled garden's old-world charm to bring their celebrations to life.

 

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