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21 Club, NYC


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1930/01/01 Founders Jack and Charlie unhinged the gate from the doorway of their restaurant, Puncheon Grotto, at 42 W 49th Street and install it three blocks north at 21 W 52nd Street. '21' is officially opened.
1935/00/00 In the early 1930s, entrepreneur, Jay van Urk, gives the '21' a small statue of a jockey.
1950/00/00 In the late 1940s or early 1950s, The 21 Club begins serving gourmet burgers at the exorbitant price of $2.75, compared with McDonald's price of 15 cents. Hamburger Birth of American Fast Food
2020/11/00 With indoor dining prohibited at all New York City restaurants due to the COVID-19 pandemic March 2020, management announce that the 21 Club is permanently closed.
2020/12/00 The 21 Club's collection of 37 ornamental jockeys, donated by some of the best-known stables in American thoroughbred racing, are removed from the exterior staircase and balcony.

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Particulars for 21 Club, NYC:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Owner Private
Social Prohibition
Architectural Style Renaissance Revival
Historic Use Restaurant
Historic use Speakeasy

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Breakfast at Tiffany's (book) Mezzobula Truman Capote Once a visiting relative took me to "21", and there, at a superior table, surrounded by four men ... was Miss Golightly, idly publicly combing her hair.

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