Nightclubs: Fall of the Velvet Rope

If eras, like humans, have a moment when life finally leaves them, then an era died last week. Cafe society's birthplace and most famous watering spot, Manhattan's Stork Club, closed up.

It was at the Stork Club that General Douglas MacArthur was feted after his ticker-tape return from Korea, that Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier first revealed their engagement, and that Ernest Hemingway and Louis Untermeyer resorted to fisticuffs over some forgotten difference of literary opinion. For a quarter of a century, everyone who was not just an everyone dropped in. J....

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