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"21: Every Day Was New Year's Eve"

"21: Every Day Was New Year's Eve"

$49.00

Regulars call it "the numbers," and it's the oldest restaurant in New York City named for its address.

Renowned as one of the world's most dynamic eateries, the '21' Club is truly an American legend. Dating back to 1929, this four-story brownstone, former swank speakeasy has served as a rite of passage for every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Founded by two collegian cousins from the West Side, Jack Kriendler and Charlie Berns, the '21' Club quickly became the most exclusive establishment in town - a place where the young, rich socialites of the Roaring Twenties spent wild nights dodging the raids of Federal Agents. The famous two-ton brick wall, secret "door" still serves as the entrance to the private dining Wine Cellar and remains a constant reminder of those infamous days.

Eclectic symbols of the people, companies and interests of the many powerful patrons abound both inside and out. Beginning in the early 30's, the first "toy" donned the ceiling of '21's famed Bar Room - a model of British Airways "Flying Boat." Not to be outdone, Howard Hughes promptly appeared with one of his new TWA planes. Soon the ceiling was awash with model planes, trucks, cars, buses, footballs, baseballs, bats, tennis rackets, oil derricks, tankards, telephones, ice skates, ballet slippers - all with a story about an industry mogul, world leader, celebrity or other well-known personality attached to it.

Peter Kriendler paints a spellbinding portrait of the club through its birth as a Greenwich speakeasy, its move to Midtown during Prohibition, the tough days of the Great Depression, the dazzling Camelot nights, and the swinging go-go years, as "21" became America's most legendary restaurant. In this previously-owned First Edition, he reveals some of the essential secrets that contributed to the club's longevity and popularity, the book is brimming with anecdotes and crowded with personalities of twentieth-century America's social, cultural, political, business, and entertainment worlds.

"21: Every Day Was New Year's Eve"
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