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Cornelia Street Cafe

Coordinates: 40°43′53″N 74°00′09″W / 40.731348°N 74.002391°W / 40.731348; -74.002391
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Cornelia Street Café
Cornelia Street Cafe sign, circa 2009
Cornelia Street Cafe, circa 2009
Cornelia Street Cafe, circa 2009
Restaurant information
EstablishedJuly 1977; 47 years ago (1977-07)
ClosedJanuary 1, 2019; 5 years ago (2019-01-01)
Owner(s)Robin Hirsch
Previous owner(s)Charles McKenna, Raphaela Pivetta, Robin Hirsch
Dress codeCasual
Street address29 Cornelia St.
CountyNew York City
StateNew York State
CountryUnited States of America
Coordinates40°43′53″N 74°00′09″W / 40.731348°N 74.002391°W / 40.731348; -74.002391

The Cornelia Street Cafe, was a restaurant & bar at 29 Cornelia Street in New York City's Greenwich Village, opened in July 1977. The cafe closed at the end of 2018, due to rising rents from the gentrification of the West Village; ending on its holiday closed day of New Years 2019.[1][2] The cafe had been voted one of the best places to listen to jazz music in the world.[2]


In the 21st century, the Cornelia Street Cafe was a restaurant and nightclub, showcasing musicians, poets, writers, and artists. In 1998, the Cafe was one of the restaurants recognized by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation with a Village Award presented to "Cornelia Street Restaurants".[3]

Songwriters Exchange[edit]

In December 1977, the then-fledgling cafe hosted the first meeting of the Songwriters Exchange, a weekly gathering in which the Village's songwriters could present their new songs--and only new songs--to their peers. Two years later the cafe sponsored "Cornelia Street: The Songwriters Exchange," an LP of eight Village singer-songwriters; released by Stash Records, the LP was named "Album Of The Month" by Stereo Review in December 1979, and was later re-released as a cd. It has the first known recordings of several prominent Village artists, including Cliff Eberhardt, David Massengill, Rod MacDonald, Martha Hogan, Michael Fracasso, Brian Rose, Eliot Simon and Lucy Kaplansky (as Simon & Kaplansky), and was Tom Intondi's second recorded work.[4]


  1. ^ Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya (12 December 2018). "West Village Art Haven Cornelia Street Cafe Will Close After 41 Years". Eater NY.
  2. ^ a b Kristen Saloomey (1 January 2019). "New York's Cornelia Street Cafe is latest victim of rising rents". Al Jazeera.
  3. ^ "Past Village Award Winners". GVSHP.org. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  4. ^ "The Songwriters Exchange – Cornelia Street". discogs.com. Retrieved 21 April 2021.

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