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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:18 AM

Inside the speakeasies of the 1920s: The hidden drinking spots that transformed New York City

Inside the speakeasies of the 1920s: The hidden drinking spots that transformed New York City's night life during the prohibition era and beyond.



Prohibition bars are all the rage in New York City.

But today's over-priced, often pretentious, watering holes are nothing like the speakeasies of the 1920s and '30s they're trying to recreate.

Ninety years ago, there were hundreds of illegal drinking spots in New York, and the speakeasies - which were often just a hidden room with barely drinkable booze - were mostly run by gangsters.

While many of today's incarnations will disappear as quickly as they've popped up, some of the infamous night spots of the prohibition era have stood the test of time, making an unforgettable mark on the fabric of New York.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268971/Inside-speakeasies-1920s-The-hidden-drinking-spots-transformed-New-York-Citys-night-life-prohibition-era-beyond.html#ixzz2JApa9hCR

A Virtual Tour of New York’s Real Speakeasies of the 1920s and ’30s http://www.flavorwire.com/365755/a-virtual-tour-of-new-yorks-real-speakeasies-of-the-1920s-and-30s

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dipsydoodle Jan 2013 OP
xchrom Jan 2013 #1
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #2
xchrom Jan 2013 #3
Kolesar Jan 2013 #4
orpupilofnature57 Jan 2013 #5
Freddie Jan 2013 #6
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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:25 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:32 AM

2. I still live in that world

That's not from the drinks point of view. The huge crowd I hang with and me can all dance to the music and some of our DJ's still use 78's too. Needless to say correspondent / spectator or saddle shoes are a must.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:48 AM

3. i still live there in my mind.

but i lived through the Great Clubs era of the late 60's and 70's -- and of course that was the joy of living in big cities -- from LA to NY to london.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:58 AM

4. Buick taxis

Art deco neon signs. Kickin' it so I can come back to this thread later.
I have to learn Windows 8 today.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:19 AM

5. Phenomenon can't be artificially produced, especially with replicas .

Too bad 3-D printers can't replicate cohesion, and a sense of community .

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:25 AM

6. Prohibition is a fascinating era

We don't think much about it. Recently read "Last Call", the book Ken Burns used for the PBS mini-series. The political shenanigans of the time are amazing; what's happening today is nothing new. One unfortunate lasting legacy is the limit of 435 in Congress which was done to limit the influence of Eastern states, which were home to many recent European immigrants at the time, most of whom wanted Prohibition repealed.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:32 AM

7. It only helped organized crime and it's profiteers, like bankers

in war .

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:52 AM

8. Kick to read later.

This looks interesting, thanks!

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