Harry Boland's, the low-key Irish pub on Ninth Street just west of Fifth Avenue, has closed. They were seized by the city for nonpayment of taxes back in February, but re-opened in March thanks to the help of some loyal regulars. Apparently that wasn't good enough, though, as the storefront has been sealed shut for the past week and the its phone has been disconnected.
I had the opportunity to drop in a couple months ago and chat with some regulars as well as bartender Brian Demoy, who filled me in on the bar's history (apparently it goes back to the 40s, and was called C.J.'s). It had a couple great nooks as well as one of the best darts areas I've come across in the city. There was nothing wrong with the bar in particular; it just didn't really differentiate itself from the pack and never drew huge crowds. Combine that with tax evasion, and it's a recipe for disaster.
Believe it or not, this is the first pub in the neighborhood to close since Mooney's a few years ago, which re-opened as the great Sharlene's. Turn-key bars tend to transfer from one owner to another, though, so hopefully some enterprising entrepreneur will come along to take advantage of the opportunity.