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According to police, there were more than 32,000 speakeasies in New York City in 1929, nine years into Prohibition. New York Times articles of the day called these illegal hooch houses “one of the outstanding social institutions of New York.”
As you can tell, New Yorkers never really let Prohibition slow them down or dry them out.
Today, thankfully you don’t have to keep your eyes on any secret back doors or hidden passageways to enjoy a cold brew. Manhattan bars are no longer subject to regular police raids –¬ except maybe to flush out those 18-year-old NYU freshmen –¬ but there are still a handful of classy old-time joints that keep the speakeasy tradition alive.
Just don’t tell anybody. It’ll be our little secret. Read the rest of this entry »