How many speakeasies were open in New York City during Prohibition?
The real answer will never be known, for obvious reasons, but “official” estimates ranged from 20,000 to 100,000. Texas Guinan, Manhattan’s most famous speakeasy hostess, managed more than half-a-dozen joints herself, including the 300 Club, the Texas Guinan Club, the Century Club, Salon Royale, Club Intime and the Club Argonaut.
Inspired by ‘Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History’, the terrific summer show at the New-York Historical Society, the latest Bowery Boys NYC History podcast explores the story of one of America’s greatest, most treasured products— beer.
Welcome to the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library's Tumblr! We're sharing amazing facts, objects and stories related to New York's three centuries of beer brewing and drinking history! Don't forget to visit our exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York's History, on view May 25-September 2, 2012.