|New York City Bar in 1882, Courtesy of the New York Public Library|
In 2016 we have two candidates for US president in the general election who are both New Yorkers, although one is a carpert bagger. Both candidates have the lowest public opinion ratings in the history. It's not because they are from the New York, but the city has a history of political culture that is unique. In August 1876 The Weekly Irish Times described the New York politician as more common than “blackberries in September.” Their generosity in bars, a frequent hang out, where they “call magnificently for drinks, and offered to treat the whole crowd,” made them easily identifiable. Political bosses in New York had been noted for their remarkable ability for “lying, loafing, and the consumption of whiskey straight.” The paper goes on to say, political bosses of the Tammany Hall type had a reputation for drinking “champagne at $10 a bottle like water.” With inflation that would be about $222.00 a bottle today.
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