"Best $2k I Ever Spent!" St. Patrick's Day In NYC

by Chiara Atik · March 18, 2010

Is it just us, or was St. Patrick's day bigger this year than in previous years? It seems like everywhere we looked in the city, people were proudly wearing green, speaking in Irish brogues, and downing beers from morning til night. Here's a look at how New York City celebrated this most hallowed of days...-

People were lining up outside of McSorley's Ale House (is it fair to call McSorley's the Irish Capital of New York?) as early as eight in the morning for their first sip of ale. Other, less hardcore revelers celebrated the day with a morning green-bagel. Die-hard fans of the elusive Shamrock Shake headed to the Union Square and Forty Second street, where the green delicacies were so sought-after they ran out halfway through the day. That's right...Manhattan experienced a Shamrock Shortage.

The lines at East Village bars like McSorley's and Slainte were steady throughout the evening, but luckily those joints didn't run out of their St. Paddy's day liquids of choice..in fact, we wouldn't be surprised if a few stragglers were still celebrating this morning.

Cheers!

Shamrock Shake in the GofG offices! Yes, we sent an intern out for them. We don't take these things lightly.

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(Photos via Ruth Fremson for NY Times, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter)