Lets take it back to 1919, the kick off of one of the largest social experiments in America. The Volstead act was passed by Congress, otherwise recognized as the National Prohibition Act. This law forbade all production, buying, selling and transportation of any form of alcohol with few exceptions (religious purposes and medical aid) for the next 13 years in America. This lead to the creation of Speakeasies, hidden establishments used to illegally buy and sell alcohol- hush-hush bars. A password was needed upon entry, and often times you entered an underground establishment or a typical store. After five years, it was estimated that there was up to 100,000 speakeasies in New York. The effect of the Prohibition created a new culture among New York City that still lives on today. Check out our top (secret) Speakeasy bars throughout New York City, where you will travel back in time with a creative bespoke cocktail.
This February, as a part of our ongoing celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to share the story of Josephine Baker, one of the greatest African American entertainers of all time, and a committed political activist.
“Let us stop saying ‘white Americans’ or ‘colored Americans,’ let us try once and for all saying… Americans. Let human beings be equal on Earth as in Heaven.”
– Josephine Baker