Skip to Main Content

Good luck human leg bone over the entrance.
Good luck human leg bone over a doorway.

Human Bones, Stuffed Dog, Buddy Holly Love Spot

Field review by the editors.

New York, New York

P.J. Clarke's, opened as a saloon in 1884, has somehow held off the bulldozers and accumulated a notable array of relics over the years.

Stuffed dog and firefighter items.

A pair of human leg bones over the doorway between the dining room and the bar are said to be an Irish talisman of luck (Patrick J. Clarke was an Irish immigrant). Skippy the dog, once the bar's mascot, is stuffed and displayed behind glass. Table #53 has unexpected mementos of Texas rocker Buddy Holly: it's where he proposed to his wife on June 20, 1958 -- their first date.

The bar itself is where Johnny Mercer wrote the depressing lyrics to, "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," on a napkin, and it has the human ashes of a long-time patron who asked that his remains remain at the bar.

Human Bones, Stuffed Dog, Buddy Holly Love Spot

P.J. Clarke's

915 Third Ave., New York, NY
P.J. Clarke's. Midtown. Northwest corner of Third Ave. and at 55th St.
Tu-Su noon-10 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Holdout HouseHoldout House, New York, NY - < 1 mi.
Where Marilyn Monroe's Dress Blew UpWhere Marilyn Monroe's Dress Blew Up, New York, NY - < 1 mi.
Giant Wall ChessboardGiant Wall Chessboard, New York, NY - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Large Hat on a Pole, Brooklyn, NY - 10 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in New York

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in New York.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Save Cool Vacation Destinations! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

New York Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Punk Rock Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada (Dec 4-10, 2023)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights