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 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.

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]

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.[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.

LeRoy Place[edit]

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.[2][3][4][5]

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.

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

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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. ^ Around Washington Square : an Illustrated History of Greenwich Village, Luther S. Harris, Johns Hopkins University Press (c2003) ISBN 0-8018-7341-X p.83
  3. ^ {[cite gotham}}, p.459
  4. ^ "Chanign Types of City Dwellings: Statuary Marble Mantels Indicated the Fashionable Home of Former Age" New York Times (November 22, 1914)
  5. ^ "LeRoy Place" Moving Uptown, New York Public Library exhibition
  6. ^ Mallory Curley, A Cookie Mueller Encyclopedia, Randy Press, 2010.
  7. ^ Memorial Hamasaki - DataBase pour Ayufans - Ayumi Hamasaki
  8. ^ BLEECKER STREET CAP-TOE BOOTS Retrieved November 19, 2014
  9. ^ San Remo Bar at Ephemeral New York website Retrieved July 30, 2011
  10. ^ 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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