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
Our Lady of Pompei Church
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.

Nearby sites include Washington Square Park and music venue Cafe Wha?, where Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Kool & the Gang, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, and many others began their careers. The club CBGB, which closed in 2006, was located at the east end of Bleecker Street, at the corner of Bowery.


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.


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.

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  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. ^ San Remo Bar at Ephemeral New York website Retrieved July 30, 2011
  5. ^ 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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