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New York crackdown on hookah bars generates some blowback
New York crackdown on hookah bars generates some blowback

Finding refuge from the bitter cold that settled over New York City one recent evening, Uriel Israelov, 21, enjoyed a smoke with friends in a cozy corner of Sahara East in the East Village, which he made sound like the homey bar featured on the long-running television show "Cheers." Of course, smoking in bars here is illegal. But this was a hookah bar, where the group was sharing smoke from a fruit mixture known as shisha burning over charcoal in a water pipe. "We're treated like family here," said Israelov, a Sahara East regular from Manhattan. "It is a place for young people to come to have fun with friends and to have conversation." But Sahara...

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