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Farmingdale

Charlotte's Speakeasy Tour & Cocktail Party

Farmingdale village was a hotbed for speakeasy establishments during prohibition. The cavernous space under Charlotte’s was the perfect spot to hide this gathering spot, with secret exits out of the back and sides of the building. Come for an architectural tour experience a piece of history.

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May 19, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Farmingdale, 294 Main St, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA

About The Event

A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an illicit establishment that sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933, longer in some states). Speakeasies, though illegal, were numerous and popular during the Prohibition years. Some were operated by people who were part of organized crime. Even though police and agents of the Bureau of Prohibition would often raid them and arrest their owners and patrons, they were so profitable that they continued to flourish. The speakeasy soon became one of the biggest parts of American culture during this time. Several changes happened as speakeasies formed; one was with integration. People of all races, black or white, would gather together and mingle.

Although the history of most of these speakeasies was undocumented, Farmingdale village was said to have been a hotbed for these establishments during prohibition. The cavernous space under Charlotte’s was the perfect spot to hide this gathering spot, with secret exits out of the back and sides of the building. It was said that there were bootleggers established in the Amityville area that used a diaper delivery service as a front to ship alcohol to Farmingdale and other areas.

Come join us for an architectural tour of Charlotte’s Speakeasy and experience a piece of history.

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