Walks in New York and elsewhere

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

From 10th Avenue to 9th Avenue

Playwrights Horizons is another important off-Broadway theatre. It's at 416 West 42nd Street. The new building, designed by Mitchell Kurtz, is not quite complete, yet.

Next door is Chez Josephine, a bistro owned by one of Josephine Baker's adopted children.

Across the street is Bistro du Vent, yet another restaurant in the Mario Batali et al empire. Free Image Hosting at <a href=

This restaurant had some unusual press coverage in late August, 2005, when a security camera captured a frolicking foursome of (now former) employees passing the time. Bistro du Vent is in the huge Manhattan Plaza complex, David Todd & Associates, 1977. The entrance to the building is on 43rd Street, but it occupies an entire block, so we see a whole side of it on 42nd Street. The building was constructed to provide housing for people in relatively low-paying theatrical professions, this being the theatre district.

On the southwest corner of 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue is a nearly mustard-color hotdog stand.

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