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Bleecker Street looking west from The Bowery.

Bleecker Street is a famous street in New York City's Manhattan borough. It is perhaps most famous today as a Greenwich Village night club district. The street is a spine that connects a neighborhood today popular for music venues and comedy, but was once a major center for American bohemia. Image File history File linksMetadata Bleecker. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Bleecker. ... Categories: US geography stubs | Streets in Manhattan ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (IPA pronunciation: ), also called simply the Village, is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City named after Greenwich, London. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... The term bohemian was first used in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities. ...

Bleecker Street connects Abingdon Square, the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Hudson Street and Ninth Avenue in the West Village, with the Bowery in the East Village. Abingdon Square Park is located in the New York City borough of Manhattan in Greenwich Village. ... Eighth Avenue is a north-south avenue on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City, carrying northbound traffic. ... Hudson Street can refer to: The Manhattan street -- see Hudson Street (Manhattan) The 1978 TV series A.E.S. Hudson Street The 1995 TV series Hudson Street -- see Hudson Street (TV show) Category: ... Ninth Avenue / Columbus Avenue is a north-south thoroughfare on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City. ... // The West Village is part of the Greenwich Village neighborhood in the New York City Bourough of Manhattan, bounded by the Hudson River and roughly 6th Avenue, extending from 14th Street down to Houston Street. ... The Bowery is a very well-known street in Manhattan that more or less marks the boundary between Chinatown and Little Italy on one side and the Lower East Side on the other — running from Chatham Square in the south to Astor Place in the north. ... Looking south from 6th Street down Second Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares through the 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 legendary club CBGB, which closed in 2006, was located at the east end of Bleecker Street, at the corner of Bowery. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Washington Square North. ... Cafe Wha? at the corner of MacDougal and Minetta streets. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... “Springsteen” redirects here. ... Kool & the Gang is a highly successful American jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ... CBGB (Country, Blue Grass, and Blues) was a legendary music club located at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. ...


Public transportation

Bleecker Street is served by the 6 Train at Bleecker Street station. Southbound (downtown) passengers are able to transfer from the to the Broadway-Lafayette Street station for service on the B, D, V, and F trains. The 6 Lexington Avenue Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... Bleecker Street station features a very large offset between the platforms and has no crossover or crossunder. ... The Broadway-Lafayette Street station is an important transfer point, on Nassau Street between Broadway and Lafayette Street. ... The B Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The D Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The F Sixth Avenue Local and V Sixth Avenue Local are two services of the New York City Subway. ... The F Sixth Avenue Local and V Sixth Avenue Local are two services of the New York City Subway. ...


Bleecker Street is named for Anthony Bleecker (1770–1827), a lawyer, poet and friend of Washington Irving and William Cullen Bryant, because the street ran through his farm. Anthony Bleecker (1770-1827) was a lawyer and poet who was friends with Washington Irving and William Cullen Bryant. ... Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. ... William Cullen Bryant William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794 - June 12, 1878) an American romantic poet, journalist, political adviser, and homeopath. ...

Originally Bleecker Street extended only as far west as Sixth Avenue. Then in 1829, Bleecker Street was joined with Herring Street, extending Bleecker Street northwest to Abingdon Square. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1829 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


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The Bayard-Condict Building, originally known simply as the Bayard Building, is one of the many works of architect Louis Sullivan. ...

Notable night spots

The Bitter End is arguably the most famous nightclub in New York Citys Greenwich Village. ... Cafe Au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of 152 Bleecker Street beneath the Garrick Theater. ... The VIllage Gate Sign still adorns the corner of Thompson and Bleecker streets, January 2006 The Village Gate was a nightclub at the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, New York. ... Magnolia Bakery is a bakery opened in the mid 1990s and is located at 401 Bleecker Street, on the corner of West 11th Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. ...

Notable residents

James Rufus Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic. ... Robert Franks noted book, The Americans (1958) Robert Frank (born November 9, 1924), born in Zürich, Switzerland, is an important figure in American photography and film. ... Alicia Keys (born Alicia J. Augello-Cook on January 25, 1980[1][2]) is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, philanthropist, and author who has sold over twenty million albums worldwide and has won numerous awards, including nine Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards...

Cultural references

  • Long-running television series Friends featured Bleecker Street signposts in several cut-scenes.
  • Humorous web comic Alien Loves Predator features Bleecker Street in some episodes and also on an "AlP" T-Shirt.
  • Bleecker Street is mentioned in the Steely Dan song "Almost Gothic" from the album Two Against Nature.
  • The Marcy Playground song "The Vampires of New York" mentions "All the whores on Bleecker Street".
  • Simon and Garfunkel have a song titled "Bleecker Street" on their album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M..
  • Bruce Springsteen, frequent visitor of the Bleecker Street club Cafe Wha? says "Cat somehow lost his baby down on Bleecker Street" in his song Kitty's Back off his album The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
  • Bleecker Street is mentioned in the song "Punkrocker", featuring Iggy Pop, by The Teddybears.
  • Bleecker Street is also referenced in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, notably in The Wolves of the Calla.
  • Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum is located at 177A Bleecker Street.
  • Bleecker Street is mentioned in the song "New Amsterdam" by the band Travis.
  • Bleecker Street is mentioned in the song "Cindy's Cryin'" by Tom Paxton.
  • Bleecker Street is mentioned in the song "What Do You Know About Love?" by Lloyd Cole.
  • Bleecker Street is mentioned in the song "Underground Town" by ska band The Toasters.
  • Much of the 2007 film No Reservations (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart) is set in a restaurant on the corner of Bleecker and Charles streets. The name of their ficticious restaurant is called '22 Bleecker'.

In the WB series "What I like about you" Holly and Valerie live in an apartment on Bleecker street. For the use of the word in a general sense, see Friendship. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Two Against Nature is an album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. ... For the album, see Marcy Playground (album) Marcy Playground is an American alternative rock or post-grunge band. ... The duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are American popular musicians known collectively as Simon and Garfunkel. ... Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. is an album by Simon and Garfunkel released October 19, 1964. ... “Springsteen” redirects here. ... Cafe Wha? at the corner of MacDougal and Minetta streets. ... Kittys Back is the third song on the album The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... The Dark Tower painting by Michael Whelan The Dark Tower is a series of seven books by American writer Stephen King that tells the tale of lead character Roland Deschains quest for the Dark Tower. ... Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum is a fictional building in the Marvel Universe. ... Travis is a British band from Glasgow, comprising Fran Healy (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Dougie Payne (bass, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, keyboards, backing vocals) and Neil Primrose (drums, percussion). ... Thomas R. Paxton was born October 31, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of Burton and Esther Paxton. ... Lloyd Cole with his old band during a reunion concert in London, October 2004 Lloyd Cole (born January 31, 1961) is an English singer and songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions from 1984 to 1989 and for his subsequent solo work. ... The Toasters are a third wave ska band from New York formed in 1981 by Robert Bucket Hingley. ... No Reservations is a 2007 romantic comedy directed by Scott Hicks, from a screenplay by Carol Fuchs based on an original script by Sandra Nettelbeck. ... Catherine Zeta-Jones (born 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress based in the United States. ... Aaron E. Eckhart (born March 12, 1968) is a Golden Globe nominated American film actor. ...

External links

  • Forgotten New York
  • New York Songlines: Bleecker Street

  Results from FactBites:
Bleecker Street: New York Songlines (2482 words)
Bleecker Street is named for Anthony Bleecker, a lawyer and poet who was friends with Washington Irving and William Cullen Bryant.
Was for many years the Bleecker Street Grocery.
From Sullivan to Mercer, Bleecker Street runs through what was once the Bleecker farm--which continued to the south past Houston.
Bleecker Street - Great Public Spaces | Project for Public Spaces (PPS) (625 words)
Parking available on one side of the street during they day and both sides at night; because the street is narrow, deliveries and doubled-parked cars serve to slow down traffic (along with heavy pedestrian usage, the street receives heavy car and tourist bus usage).
Bleecker Street has a certain nostalgic charm (which can become rather touristy in some spots); one can sit in open-air cafes, or a small square on the corner of Sixth Ave.
Bleecker was immortalized in Allen Ginsburg's poetry, and musicians from Gian-Carlo Menotti to Simon and Garfunkel have paid tribute to its vitality.
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