In the summer months of 1992, an undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic named José “Kiko” García was killed by a police officer in Washington Heights, the stretch of upper Manhattan which again then experienced an unenviable track record of currently being the “most murderous neighborhood” in New York City. Subsequent tranquil protests led by metropolis councilman Guillermo Linares finally devolved into days of rioting. According to The New York Situations, the conflagration resulted in 139 arrests, fourteen building fires, and 121 ruined motor vehicles, as many businesses in Washington Heights shut up store to wait out the storm.
1 establishment that did not close, however, was Coogan’s—an Irish pub on the corner of 169th Avenue and Broadway that would finally dub alone the nation’s #one Runners’ Restaurant, before likely out of company for COVID-linked reasons previously this year. In 1992, in its place of boarding up its home