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Bleecker Street

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The corner of Carmine and Bleecker streets in Lower Manhattan

Bleecker Street is an east–west street in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is most famous today as a Greenwich Village nightclub district. The street connects a neighborhood popular today for music venues and comedy as well as an important center of LGBT history and culture and bohemian tradition. The street is named after the family name of Anthony Lispenard Bleecker, a banker, the father of Anthony Bleecker, a 19th-century writer, through whose family farm the street once ran.[1]

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


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

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

Originally Bleecker Street extended from Bowery to Broadway, along the north side of the Bleecker farm, later as far west as Sixth Avenue. In 1829 it was joined with Herring Street, extending Bleecker Street north-northwest to Abingdon Square.

LeRoy Place

LeRoy PLace in 2024

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. 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]



Bleecker Street is served by the 4, ​6, <6>​, B, ​D, ​F, <F>, and ​M trains at Bleecker Street/Broadway – Lafayette Street station. The 1 and ​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
Our Lady of Pompeii Church
The James Roosevelt House at 58 Bleecker Street
The Village Gate at Thompson and Bleecker Streets

Notable places

Margaret Sanger Square, at the intersection of Mott Street and Bleecker Street in Manhattan
Florence Crittenton Mission, 21 Bleecker Street, 1893
Bleecker Street near the corner of Sullivan Street



In addition, there are several Federal architecture-style row houses at 7 to 13 and 21 to 25 Bleecker Street on easternmost block of Bleecker Street, in NoHo between Lafayette Street and the Bowery.[12] 21 and 29 Bleecker Street were also once the home of the National Florence Crittenton Mission, providing a home for "fallen women". 21 Bleecker Street's entrance now bears the lettering "Florence Night Mission", described by The New York Times in 1883 as "a row of houses of the lowest character".[13][14] The National Florence Crittenton Mission was an organization established in 1883 by Charles N. Crittenton. It attempted to reform prostitutes and unwed pregnant women through the creation of establishments where they were to live and learn skills.

The building at 58 Bleecker Street (formerly 64 Bleecker Street) was built in 1823 for James Roosevelt, great-grandfather of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was there that Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first female doctor, established a clinic with her sister Emily.[15]

Across the street from the former home of the National Florence Crittenton Mission is both the headquarters of Planned Parenthood, and the Catholic Sheen Center, immediately adjacent to it. Bleecker Street now features the Margaret Sanger Square, at the intersection with Mott Street. Bleecker Street was the original home of Sanger's Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau, operated from another building from 1930 to 1973. The street features in the 2020 drama film Never Rarely Sometimes Always, written and directed by Eliza Hittman.

Night spots



  • John's of Bleecker Street, famous pizzeria established in 1929
  • Kesté, highly rated Neapolitan-style pizzeria established in 2009
  • Quartino Bottega Organica, or "Quartino" for short, at 11 Bleecker Street, closed in 2021 to be converted into a single-family home. It was one of the favorite restaurants of David Bowie, who lived on Mulberry Street.


  • The CBGB club, which closed in 2006, was located at the east end of Bleecker Street, on Bowery
  • Bleecker Bob's record shop started at 149 Bleecker street

Notable residents

177 Bleecker Street. In Marvel Comics, 177A Bleecker Street is the location of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum.



Film and television



  • Gian-Carlo Menotti wrote an opera The Saint of Bleecker Street
  • Simon & Garfunkel wrote the song "Bleecker Street", released on their album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M..
  • Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki visited Bleecker Street during recording of her (Miss)understood album. The pictures were later published in Hamasaki's famous "Deji Deji Diary" that is published in each issue of ViVi Magazine.[26]
  • Iggy Pop discusses dying on Bleecker Street in his song "Punk Rocker".
  • "Growing Old on Bleecker Street" is a song featured on American pop trio AJR's debut album, Living Room.
  • "Downtown Bleecker" is a modern instrumental jazz piece for saxophone which appears on the digital EP Midnight Sun, produced by independent artist Simon Edward.
  • "Country Boy and Bleecker Street" is a song which appears on the 1967 album H.P. Lovecraft, by the folk-rock band H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Fred Neil has mentioned Bleecker Street in multiple works in his carrier, most notably in two of his album covers.
  • Peter Paul and Mary mentioned Bleecker Street in their song "Freight Train" on the album In the Wind
  • Joni Mitchell mentioned Bleecker Street in her song "Tin Angel" on her 1969 album Clouds, and later in "Song for Sharon" on the album Hejira.
  • Lloyd Cole mentioned Bleecker Street in his song "What Do You Know About Love?" on his 1990 album Lloyd Cole
  • "77 Bleeker Street" is a song by Jill Jones, written, composed and produced by Prince. It was a b-side to the single "Mia Bocca" from the album Jill Jones.
  • Paolo Nutini mentioned Bleecker Street in his song "Better Man" on his 2014 album Caustic Love.
  • Marcy Playground's 1997 song "The Vampires of New York" alludes to the more sordid aspects of the street's history.
  • Connor Oberst of Bright Eyes mentions Bleeker Street in their 2024 single "Bells and Whistles"




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