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Friday, January 06, 2006

Bleecker Street III

Crossing Broadway takes us into NYU (New York University) territory. A entire square block is taken up by by Washington Square Village, one of its many residence halls, this one for graduate students. It is difficult to get a definitive answer to the question of who owns the most real estate in the city, but general agreement seems to be that the contenders are the City itself, NYU, Columbia University, and the Roman Catholic Church.

In a very real sense, Greenwich Village is the NYU campus. Residents of Greenwich Village not connected with the university (and even some who are) often vociferously protest what they perceive as further land grabs.

The next few blocks are in Greenwich Village and are filled with small stores, restaurants and clubs that cater largely to students.Pictured here is part of the block between LaGuardia Place and Thompson St. with the Peculier Pub (spelling intentional) and The Bitter End.

At 159 Bleecker, between Thompson and Sullivan is an odd building that was built in 1917 as a movie theater. It was originally only two stories high and only later were the additional floors added to turn it into a multiple dwelling.

Across the street is a deli beer bottle display that verges on found art.

Looking downtown at the middle of the west side of Sullivan Street

and the east side of MacDougal Street, (the next block) you are seeing the edges of the tiny MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens Historic District. The 22 Greek Revival buildings were constructed between 1844 and 1850. In the 1920s, they were altered to the appearance they have today, with the stoops removed, the ornament changed and the backyards merged to form a community garden.

I loved this door, which looks as if it may have been there since the building was constructed in 1901. It's at 192 Bleecker. The building also has some nice terra cotta ornament.

This part of Greenwich Village once held a large Italian population. Here and there are remminders of that community, like the Perazzo Funeral Home at 199.

There was plenty of good coffee to be found in the Village, long before anyone connected with Starbucks was born.

At 6th Avenue are the Little Red Schoolhouse and Elisabeth Irwin High School, progressive private schools since 1921.

At the complex intersection of Bleecker and Sixth Avenue, pre-dating the grid,Bleecker veers to the right.

The Minetta Brook still runs underground here.


Blogger Cate said...

Love that Porto Rico Coffee place!

11:04 AM  

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