The mystery of an East Village lager beer sign
I’m not the first old sign enthusiast who came across this beauty of a beer sign on the tenement at 317 East Fifth Street.
Looks like the same words appear on the right side of the storefront, which is divided by the building’s stoop.
Or was Cort’s actually a bar—one that poured many a growler for locals as well cops from the Ninth Precinct a few doors down?
But it’s still a mystery when this establishment operated.
Considering the fact that Cort is a German name, it wouldn’t surprise me if S. Cort’s dates back to the turn of the century, when today’s East Village was 19th century New York’s Kleindeutschland, or Little Germany stronghold.