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Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street near the corner of Sullivan Street

Bleecker Street is a west–east street in New York City borough of Manhattan. It is most famous today as a Greenwich Village nightclub district. The street connects a neighborhood today popular for music venues and comedy, but which was once a major center for American bohemia. The street is named after Anthony Bleecker, a 19th century writer whose family farm the street ran through.[1]

Bleecker Street connects Abingdon Square (the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Hudson Street in the West Village) to the Bowery and East Village.

Contents

  • History 1
    • LeRoy Place 1.1
  • Transportation 2
  • Notable places 3
    • Landmarks 3.1
    • Night spots 3.2
    • Restaurants 3.3
    • Former 3.4
  • Notable residents 4
  • In popular culture 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

LeRoy Place, south side of Bleecker Street, drawn in 1831. After 1852, the economic status of the area declined and these aristocratic buildings had all been demolished by 1875.

Bleecker Street is named by and after the Bleecker family because the street ran through the farm of the family. In 1808, Anthony Bleecker and his wife deeded to the city a major portion of the land on which Bleecker Street sits.[2]

Originally Bleecker Street extended only as far west as Sixth Avenue. In 1829 it was joined with Herring Street, extending Bleecker Street northwest to Abingdon Square.

LeRoy Place

LeRoy Place is the former name of a block of Bleecker Street between Mercer and Greene Streets. This was where the first palatial "winged residences" were built. The effect was accomplished by making the central houses taller and closer to the street, while the other houses on the side were set back. The central buildings also had bigger, raised entrances and lantern-like roof projections. The houses were built by Isaac A. Pearson, on both sides of Bleecker Street. In order to set his project apart from the rest of the area, Pearson convinced the city to rename this block of the street after the prominent international trader Jacob LeRoy.[3][4][5][6]

Transportation

Bleecker Street is served by the 4 6 <6> B D F M trains at Bleecker Street/Broadway – Lafayette Street station. The 1 2 trains serve the Christopher Street – Sheridan Square station one block north of Bleecker Street.

Traffic on the street is one-way, going southeast. In early December 2007, a bicycle lane was marked on the street.

The Bayard-Condict Building at 65 Bleecker Street
The James Roosevelt House at 58 Bleecker Street
The Village Gate at Thompson and Bleecker Streets

Notable places

Landmarks

Night spots

Restaurants

Former

Notable residents

In popular culture

Literature

  • Valenti Angelo's 1949 novel The Bells of Bleecker Street is set in the Italian American community in that neighborhood.
  • Bleecker Street is referenced in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, notably in The Wolves of the Calla.
  • The Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street is mentioned in the novel Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes as a hangout for emaciated young women.
  • In The Bear Comes Home, Rafi Zabor names a jazz album 'If There's a Bleecker Street Than This One, I Don't Know Its Name.'
  • Nobel laureate Derek Walcott has written a poem about Bleecker Street entitled "Bleecker Street, Summer."
  • Bleecker Street is referenced in Theodore Dreiser's story "Old Rogaum and His Theresa"
  • In Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain, the character Coleman Silk takes the woman who would later be his wife to a Bleecker Street cafe early in their relationship.
  • Bleecker Street and Pasticceria Rocco are mentioned in José Domingos Costa's short story "The Living Museum".
  • The main character of Warren Ellis' novel Crooked Little Vein visits "some freak bar on Bleecker Street."

Film and television

Music

Namesakes

  • Bleecker Street is the name of a trail at Hunter Mountain.
  • Bleecker Street is the name of a unisex fragrance by Bond No. 9 New York.
  • COACH has a handbag collection named after the street.
  • Allen Edmonds has a boot named after the street.[12]

Other appearances

  • Sanctum Sanctorum is located at 177A Bleecker Street.
  • The original San Remo Cafe, actually a bar and sometimes referred to as San Remo Bar, was at 189 Bleecker.[13]
  • The first Craig Rodwell at 350 Bleecker Street, Apt 3V.[14]
  • The humorous web comic Alien Loves Predator features Bleecker Street in some episodes and also on an "ALP" T-shirt.
  • The Market NYC, an indoor designers, arts, vintage and flea market, which is located in the historic building that once housed Circle in the Square Theatre.

References

  1. ^ Moscow, Henry. The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins. New York: Hagstrom, 1978. ISBN 0823212750, p.29
  2. ^ Crane, Frank W. (November 18, 1945). "Many Titles in 'Village' Area Traced Back to Old Ownerships; Admiral Warren, Who Gave Greenwich Its Name, and Aaron Burr Appear Frequently – Trinity and Rhinelanders Big Holders". Real Estate.  
  3. ^ Harris, Luther S. (2003). Around Washington Square : an Illustrated History of Greenwich Village. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 83.  
  4. ^  , p. 459
  5. ^ "Changing Types of City Dwellings: Statuary Marble Mantels Indicated the Fashionable Home of Former Age" New York Times (November 22, 1914)
  6. ^ "LeRoy Place" Moving Uptown, New York Public Library exhibition
  7. ^ "NYC Parks - Bleecker Sitting Area". Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bleecker Street Sitting Area Renovation". GVSHP. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Curley, Mallory (2010). A Cookie Mueller Encyclopedia. Randy Press. 
  10. ^ Jim Naureckas. "Bleecker Street: New York Songlines". nysonglines.com. 
  11. ^ "Ayumi Hamasaki". Memorial Hamasaki - DataBase pour Ayufans. 
  12. ^ Bleecker Street Cap-Toe Boots Retrieved November 19, 2014
  13. ^ San Remo Bar at Ephemeral New York website Retrieved July 30, 2011
  14. ^ Nagourney, Adam (June 25, 2000). "For Gays, a Party In Search of a Purpose; At 30, Parade Has Gone Mainstream As Movement's Goals Have Drifted". New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 

External links

  • Forgotten New York
  • New York Songlines: Bleecker Street
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