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Blend Radio and TVWhether you are a drinker or not, this book will make you want to visit the bars listed in The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York, just to soak up some history and atmosphere. Each bar is like a person, possessing it's own personality and quirks--and it is these trait that have contributed to each bar's success and longevity.
Author Jef Klein writes in a pleasing, easy-to-read style and the beautiful photos take you into the depths of each bar. The histories are fascinating--my favorite being the '21' Club. This account brings Prohibition alive and the ingenuity of the bar owners in their attempts to foil the mob, raids by the police and the Feds. New York's own personality as a city emerges as you read each of the bar descriptions and histories. Some of the bars a small hidden gems, and others are famous--known for celebrities that have continued to patronize them year after year. One thing the bars seem to have in common, is they are either family owned and operated, or they have staff that has been with them for years. They are steeped in history and stories that are memorable.
A trip to New York to sit and enjoy each of these establishments and take in the surroundings sounds like great fun. But, until you can make that trip, you can read The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York, sit and reflect on each account--and of course, enjoy a drink or two. Another great historical account captured by words and photos, a Turner Publishing tradition.