Tag: speakeasy

The End of Prohibition!

There have been a handful of times in this country when the outcome of a political campaign was truly stunning. Such was the case in 1919 when several groups known as the “Drys” won a 70 year campaign to prohibit

Ten Years Ago Today – The End of Old Chumley’s

Ten years ago today, a chimney at 86 Bedford Street separated from an interior wall and collapsed into the world-famous Chumley’s bar. Chumley’s would never be the same again. The bar (now a restaurant) did recently reopen, in October 2016.

When Sundays Ran Dry, 119 Years Ago

One hundred nineteen years ago today, on March 23, 1896, a law introduced by New York State Senator John Raines was passed by the state legislature, making the sale of liquor illegal on Sundays, except at hotels. The law defined

Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald, considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and the chronicler of America’s jazz age of the 1920’s and its “Lost Generation,” was born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota.  He died a mere forty-four

Before the 21 Club: Greenwich Village Speakeasies

On this day, January 16, in 1919, Prohibition took effect, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.”  Today, the Prohibition speakeasy has become a novelty in New York City.  Countless new bars and restaurants spring

Five Years Without Chumley’s

Image via Gothamist. It was five years ago today at 86 Bedford Street that a chimney separated from an interior wall and collapsed into the world-famous Chumley’s bar in Greenwich Village.

Sullivan Street Playhouse

Sullivan Street Playhouse: Gone But Not Forgotten

The final performance of the off-Broadway hit The Fantasticks took place at the Sullivan Street Playhouse at 181 Sullivan Street in the South Village on January 13, 2002.  That marked the end of a remarkable 42-year run of the show – making

Where Music and Passion are Always in Fashion

Just last week the famed Copacabana nightclub reopened yet again. At its newest incarnation at Times Square, guests were treated to an opening night performance by salsa great Willie Colón. One of the most recognizable names in nightclub history, the