Farmingdale speakeasy marks 100th anniversary of prohibition

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This week back in 1919, prohibition went into effect and Congress banned booze, forcing places like speakeasies to pop up and serve alcohol in secret locations.

News 12’s Antoinette Biordi went behind the scenes at Charlotte’s in Farmingdale, a real-life speakeasy from the 1920s disguised as an ice cream parlor.

Brothers Nick and John DeVito, the owners of Charlotte's, say they brought the speakeasy back to life. They say they've kept their place authentic, and maintained a secret escape door in case of a raid from authorities.

The door leads under the ice cream parlor and under a shoe repair shop.

News 12 also went to Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale, which marked the 100th anniversary with speakeasy-style drinks.

In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending prohibition.

 

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