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Literature, Murder & Prohibition: A History Of Legendary West Village Speakeasy Chumley's

When a collapsed wall forced Chumley's to close its doors in 2007, most expected the bar would be back by the end of the month. The beloved West Village institution had endured prohibition, chess-related murders, and soaring rents, so surely it could survive some minor structural damage. Instead, nearly a decade of bureaucratic roadblocks and housing code nightmares followed, as well as multiple lawsuits from noise-averse neighbors.
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