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Downtown L.A. speakeasy rests easy — for now
Downtown L.A. speakeasy rests easy — for now

The booze flowed freely during Prohibition in the basement speakeasy at the Rosslyn Hotel annex in downtown Los Angeles. And the illegal bar's customers flowed freely as well, relying on a marble-lined tunnel beneath 5th Street to discreetly come and go. "I'm sure that in the past you can imagine the gangster element down in the speakeasy needing to make a quick getaway during Prohibition," said Joseph Corcoran, whose nonprofit organization is refurbishing the 12-floor hotel for low-income tenants. "They would go through the tunnel and exit through the building across the street." Corcoran discovered the long-forgotten speakeasy down a wide basement...

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