If you have any interest in the Prohibition and how it helped Organized Crime grow and become more powerful, you ought it to yourself to visit this museum. Once you manage to find #78 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, climb the stairs to the parlor level and you are there: two rooms full with memorabilia and pictures.
There is no sign, there was a bunch of packing crates and stuff at the entrance and we almost turned back and left. I am glad we did not. The visit starts with a 20 min movie introducing the subject. And then, you meet the curator, Asher, who turns out to be a fascinating story teller and a tireless source of interesting facts. His enthusiasm and passion are contagious. We spent two and half hours listening to him and reviewing the exhibits and ended the tour with the movie-like story of a safe found in the basement of the building (former speakeasy) containing a cool $2 millions plus in hundred dollar bills. Well spent afternoon, glad we went. Admission is steep ($15, $10 for seniors) but they are non for profit and it’s worth it if the subject interests you.
TIP: Don’t forget to have an absinthe next door, at 80 St Mark’s place, there are not many places who serve this drink nowadays.
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