Bleecker Street

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Coordinates: 40°43′49″N 74°0′9″W / 40.73028°N 74.00250°W / 40.73028; -74.00250

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

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

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Transportation[edit]

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.

Notable places[edit]

Landmarks:

Night spots:

Former:

Notable residents[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

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.[4]

Other places:

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Crane, Frank W. "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", The New York Times, November 18, 1945, Real Estate section, p. 121. "It was Anthony Bleecker, one of the most prominent members of the family, who with his wife deeded to the city the greater part of Bleecker Street in 1808."
  2. ^ Mallory Curley, A Cookie Mueller Encyclopedia, Randy Press, 2010.
  3. ^ Memorial Hamasaki - DataBase pour Ayufans - Ayumi Hamasaki
  4. ^ BLEECKER STREET CAP-TOE BOOTS Retrieved November 19, 2014
  5. ^ San Remo Bar at Ephemeral New York website Retrieved July 30, 2011
  6. ^ Nagourney, Adam. "For Gays, a Party In Search of a Purpose; At 30, Parade Has Gone Mainstream As Movement's Goals Have Drifted", New York Times. June 25, 2000. retrieved January 3, 2011.

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