St. Nick’s Pub and Motherless Brooklyn

The Get Lit Book Club, on Alison Stewart’s WNYC program, “All of It,” featured Jonathan Lethem’s novel, Motherless Brooklyn, which was made into a film of the same name. It was shot partially on location at St. Nick’s Pub, in Harlem. During the filming, the Pub burned down and a firefighter lost his life.

This piece originally appeared in the Amsterdam News, in 2018.

I first stepped foot in St. Nick’s Pub in the late 1990s. Never knew who you might see sitting at the bar kicking back rum after rum, pouring libations on the floor to the…