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    Posted on Nov 5, 2013

    9 NYC Storefronts With Secret Identities

    The secret life of NYC's hidden speakeasies, clothing stores, and after-school tutoring programs.

    1. Community 54

    Via respect-mag.com

    Location: 54 Clinton Street (Lower East Side)

    Via boweryboogie.com

    It may appear to be an ordinary vintage video arcade...

    Via boweryboogie.com

    ...but walk through the fully functional photo booth ($3 per photo), and you enter into...

    Via community54.com

    ...a secret men's street-wear store. There's also an outdoor event space decorated by international graffiti artists that's hosted acts like Soulja Boy.

    2. Beauty & Essex Pawn Shop

    Via peikianachao.com

    Location: 146 Essex Street (Lower East Side)

    Via beautyandessex.com

    Pawn shop in the front...

    Via beautyandessex.com

    ...swanky eatery (with a dress code!) in the back.

    3. The Blind Barber

    Via yelp.com

    Location: 339 E 10th Street (East Village)

    Via nycgo.com

    Walk through the old-fashioned barber shop in front to enter a speakeasy bar with drink names like "Sweeney Ted" and "Smoke & Dagger."

    4. Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

    Via nerdsontherocks.com

    Location: 372 Fifth Avenue (Park Slope)

    Via artsytime.com

    This Park Slope all-purpose superhero supply store has everything a caped crusader might need...

    Via timeout.com

    ...including utility belts, grappling hooks, matter (and anti-matter!).

    Via 826national.org

    So what's the secret? Well, there's a hidden doorway behind one of the bookshelves that leads to Dave Eggers's 826 NYC student literacy program, which provides one-on-one mentoring to under-resourced students ages 6-18.

    5. Please Don't Tell (PDT)

    Via travelettes.net

    Location: 113 St. Mark's Place (East Village)

    Via timeout.com

    In order too get into this reservations-only speakeasy bar, enter the phone booth in Crif Dogs (the hot dog place next door), pick up the phone, and press the buzzer once (and only once). A hostess answers and -- if approved -- the wall of the phone booth opens to let you into...

    Via timeout.com

    ...a secret bar with taxidermied animals and trendy cocktails.

    6. Employees Only

    Via harrietmagpie.com

    Location: 510 Hudson Street (West Village)

    Via Flickr: pexton

    In case you needed another reason to think psychics were frauds, walk past the fortune teller in front and you'll find yourself in...

    Via nyccapers.blogspot.com

    ...a hidden speakeasy bar with top-notch mixologists.

    7. The Raines Law Room

    Via manhattansideways.com

    Location: 48 W. 17th Street (Flatiron)

    Via jetsettimes.com

    Ring the doorbell at the bottom of an unmarked stairwell to enter a classy bar where every table has a button to call on your server airplane-style.

    8. The Back Room

    Via webpage.pace.edu

    Location: 102 Norfolk Street (Lower East Side)

    Via everystockphoto.com

    There are no toys here, despite what the fake delivery side entrance door would have you believe. Instead, walk inside to find...

    Via eatsnbeats.wordpress.com

    ...a Prohibition-style speakeasy bar that serves cocktails in teacups and beer in paper bags. As for how to get into the back room of The Back Room, I have no idea...

    9. Bathtub Gin

    Via seeyousoon.ca

    Location: 132 9th Avenue (Chelsea)

    Via Flickr: aranciaproject

    The Stone Street Coffee Company is actually a very real, fully functional coffee shop (with micro-roasted beans from Brooklyn), but walking through an unmarked door after hours leads you into...

    Via nycurchin.com

    ...yet another trendy speakeasy cocktail lounge (and yes, there is a copper bathtub in the center of the bar!).

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