GREENWICH AVENUE

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Two major streets named Greenwich pass through the lower west side neighborhood they are named for, Greenwich Village. One, Greenwich Street, begins at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and Edgar Street (Manhattan’s shortest through street) and runs north to Gansevoort and 9th Avenue in the Meatpacking, interrupted by the World Trade Center site between Liberty and Barclay. Greenwich Street’s two “halves” are scheduled to be connected by a new section to be built within the next few years, as this is written in 2012.

The other, which FNY is concentrating on today, is much shorter–Greenwich Avenue runs for only a few blocks from 6th Avenue and West 8th northwest to 8th Avenue and West 13th at Jackson Square.

The term “Greenwich Village” is actually redundant: in old English, wych, wich or wyck all mean “village” and have origins in the Latin vicus. So, when you say “Greenwich Village” you’re saying “Green Village Village.” According to Henry Moscow in The Street Book, the term first appears in city records in 1713, long before any of the streets were laid out. However: in Greenwich Village and How It Got That Way, Terry Miller gives an earlier date: in 1696 a Dutch settler named Yellis, or Giles, Mandeville named a pasture near his settlement at today’s Gansevoort Street after a town near where he had lived — in Breukelen — called Greenwich, or Dutch Grenwyck.

Before the days of Yellis Mandeville, the region was occupied by the Lenape Indians, who bestowed it the name Sappokanican, and then the Dutch, who called it Bossen Bouwerie, or “farm in the woods.”

In the summer of 2011, I walked the whole of Greenwich Avenue, all 12 blocks. I’ll have more on its history a little later but if you look at the map, you notice it’s the dividing line between two competing street grids: the Greenwich Village grid, roughly oriented northeast and southwest, and the 1811 Commissioners Plan grid, surveyed by John Randel Jr. and his team, that laid out the island in a rough (as in not exact) east-west-north-south orientation from North (Houston) Street north to 155th.

 

#1 Greenwich Street, just west of 6th, is Casey’s Flower Studio. This is the original site of Balducci’s, where two immigrant brothers from Italy, Luigi and Mario, sold bananas–the store later became a Village gourmet food institution before it abandoned its two remaining Manhattan shops in 2009. Balducci’s still has an online presence and stores in Connecticut (in, er, Greenwich), as well as Scarsdale, Bethesda, MD and two locations in Virginia.

 

In 1838, when Martin Van Buren was President, a small apothecary opened on Sixth Avenue just north of Clinton Place (now West 8th Street), and after it had changed hands a couple of times and moved two doors uptown, Clarence Otis Bigelow had established his “chemist’s”. The present building dates to 1902; the pharmacy still occasionally displays a 1905 ledger containing regular customer Mark Twain‘s name. Note the gas jets on the electric chandeliers: they still work, and in the 1965 and 1977 blackouts, they were turned on; Bigelow’s remained open.

Directly to the left, the corner building on 6th Avenue and West 9th was home to Trude Heller’s from about 1960-1982. For awhile, the house band was Barry and the Remains, a Boston group who never had any real hits but appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and opened for the Beatles on a 1965 USA tour. In its long history Heller’s also hosted Goldie (Genya Ravan) and the Gingerbreads and the young Beastie Boys.

 

NW corner, Greenwich Avenue and Christopher Street. 1930s 14-story Tudor-esque high rise with casement windows that look out upon…

…The Jefferson Market Garden, in the rear of the wildly Gothic Jefferson Market Library, an 1877 tower formerly a courthouse/prison, now home to a library. In mid-2011 the tower was enshrouded in scaffolding as the exterior was being touched up. The Garden stands on the site of a women’s prison that stood alongside the courthouse and men’s prison.

The Women’s House of Detention closed in 1973 and the following year, the Garden replaced it:

The Board of Estimate transferred the site to Parks in 1974, and the Jefferson Market Garden Committee, Inc., composed of Village neighborhood associations and homeowners, was entrusted with its care. Landscape architect Pamela Berdan originally designed the garden in the spirit of Frederick Law Olmsted, who co-designed Central and Prospect Parks with Calvert Vaux. The garden was planted with 10 Star and Saucer Magnolia trees, 7 Yoshino Cherry trees, 2 American Yellowwoods, 7 Thornless Honeylocusts, 10 Crabapple trees, 70 fairy hedge roses around the lawn, 60 pycarantha, and 56 holly bushes in clusters. Volunteers have since planted tulips, daffodils, and crocuses in the garden. NYC Parks

 

 

Saint Germain Apartments, NW corner Greenwich Avenue and West 10th Street, another high rise, this one built in 1962. This building always reminds me of Lou Reed’s song from 1972′s Transformer, “I’m So Free,” which contains the lines:

“Oh please, Saint Germaine
I have come this way
Do you remember the shape I was in
I had horns and fins”

What was Reed referring to? A couple of sources say it was the Count of Saint-Germaine (1712-1784) a prominent composer, mystic, occultist and what would, by the 1960s, be referred to as a counterculturist. Perhaps, St-Germain liqueur. Maybe the actual Saint Germaine, a 5th-Century Gallic bishop. Or, perhaps, Reed was referring to this building, since he was a NYC resident beginning in 1964 after graduating from Syracuse.

 

A look east on W. 10th toward the Jefferson Market Courthouse, which was enshrouded in construction netting.

 

FDNY Squad Company 18 (Originally Engine 18) at 132 West 10th near Greenwich Avenue was founded in 1865, with this 3-story firehouse built in 1891. The building to the immediate left, at #130, in 1941-42 was known as the Almanac House, where Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger held hootenannies when they were in the Almanac Singers, a pro-labor, anti-fascist folk group. The Almanacs were so called because Lee Hays (who later had pop success with Seeger in The Weavers) said that back home in Arkansas they had two books in the house, the Bible for the next life and an almanac for this one.

 

A restaurant will occupy the former space of Village Paper; until it was burned out it had been at the NE corner of Greenwich Avenue and West 10th since the mid-1970s.

 

Old-fashioned signs mark Joseph Hanna Leather Goods at #33 Greenwich Avenue.

 

44-46 Greenwich Avenue. 44 is home to one of NYC’s dwindling indie bookstores, Partners & Crime, which specializes in mystery, founded in 1994 but seems like it has been there longer than that.

 

NW corner of Greenwich Avenue and Perry Street. Just after I got out of school I frequented a tavern on the ground floor here called McGowan’s. We will see more roughly rhomboid buildings like this, as Greenwich Avenue makes sharp angles with its intersecting streets.

 

There must be a reason behind the scalloped roofline on #54-58. Judging by the window designs, #58 was once separate from #54-56. Greenwich Avenue, with exceptions here and there, must look much the same as it did in 1910, with not a whole lot of building teardowns and replacements.

 

#60-66 Greenwich, which, aside from some paint jobs over the years and changing storefronts, have remained largely unchanged for decades right down to the corbel, lintel and window treatments.

 

Mulry Square: Tiles for Smiles

Mulry Square, one of the Village’s busiest intersections, was created in the early 1910s when 7th Avenue was plunged south from its original source at Greenwich Avenue and West 11th south to connect with Varick Street. This was done when a cut and cover trench for a southern extension of the IRT Subway was being built. 7th Avenue South was gouged through the Village in Moses-ian fashion, creating several new spiderwebs of intersections.

Since shortly after the massacre of 9/11/01 Mulry Square, the southwest corner of 7th Avenue South and Greenwich Avenues, a lot bounded by a chain link fence has been the site for hundreds of colorful painted tiles offering remembrance and hope.

 

The empty hulk of St. Vincent’s Catholic Hospital stands at the northeast corner of 7th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue. The hospital, which was more than $1 billion in debt, closed on April 30, 2010. The medical center had been founded by the order of the Sisters of Charity in 1849 and named for its founder, Saint Vincent de Paul. The now-empty facility replaced the old Elizabeth Bayley Seton Building in 1987. It was one of the first medical facilities in the city with a treatment center specifically for HIV and AIDS patients, as well as a Chinese -speaking inpatient unit to serve nearby Chinatown.

It has treated victims of calamities: the cholera epidemic of 1849, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the 9/11 attack and, just last year, the Hudson River landing of US Airways Flight 1549. The poet Edna St. Vincent Millay got her middle name from the hospital, where her uncle’s life was saved in 1892 after he was accidentally locked in the hold of a ship for several days without food or water. –The Decline of St. Vincent’s Hospital [New York Times]

 

FNY normally doesn’t do endorsements but I have always enjoyed Two Boots’ spin on the pizza experience: add Cajun spices and other elements unthought-of in Italy. Two Boots’ sit-down restaurants on Avenue A in the East Village and in Park Slope are usually full of happy, squealing kids. But I have never minded, which is something for me. NW corner of West 11th and Greenwich.

 

At Bank Street, Artepasta (whose remaining neon sign looks like ARTERASTA) has apparently closed permanently, though it had been there for over 30 years.

 

A look east on West 12th at the utterly unique Edward and Theresa O’Toole Medical Services Building (formerly National Maritime Union of America AFL-CIO Building) constructed in 1964. The early 1960s was an era of whiz-bang architecture, with some wildly divergent forms ushered in by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue and East 89th in 1959 and continuing through the World’s Fair era of 1965. In NYC, new buildings have been fairly tame and bland ever since.

It was turned its present shade of white in 1977. Before it closed, St. Vincent’s had permission to raze it and build a hospital annex.

 

West 12th joins a number of streets in Greenwich Village that have been permitted to retain their Belgian block pavement, at least for now. Looking toward another of Greenwich Avenue’s distinctive apartment buildings.

 

At Bank Street: Equinox Fitness, which isn’t bad as far as 21st Century building design goes, replaced the Art Greenwich Twin, which had been there from a few years east or west of 1940 through 2000. It was a theater I had been in exactly once, on a date in 1982, though I forget what we saw there.

 

Monument Lane

Formerly the Day-O Tavern (with a big blue and white neon awning sign seen here on my West 12th Street ForgottenSlice page) the new restaurant Monument Lane pays tribute to a very old name for Greenwich Avenue…

Turning back the clock to the 1760s…

 

Greenwich Avenue happens to be one of the oldest existing roads on Manhattan Island. Originally it was part of an Indian trail in the village of Sappokanican that ran southeast and east to about where Cooper Square is today. Another piece of that trail still existing today is Astor Place that runs between Broadway and 3rd Avenue.

Under Dutch rule the road was called Strand Road but by the colonial era the British had made it a military pathway as it ran through the estate of Admiral Peter Warren, the commander of British naval forces during the Revolution. He had acquired several hundred acres of property in the Village in the 1740s.

After 1762, the road was known as Monument Lane or Road to the Obelisk. In 1762,  at the spot where Greenwich Avenue meets 8th Avenue today, the British erected a monument to British Major General James Wolfe (1727-1759) who had died in the Battle of Quebec in the Seven Years’ War, but by 1773, before American independence was declared, the monument had disappeared from local maps.

The theory had been advanced that the English soldiers took away with them this memorial of their gallant countrymen — fearing that harm may come to it in a rebellious land. But an obelisk is not a handy thing for an army to carry around with it …[t]herefore, I think that if it had really been put aboard ship, somebody here would have chronicled the queer fact: and that had it been landed in another country, news as to its whereabouts would have come to New York in the century and more that has passed since it disappeared. Thomas A. Janvier, In Old New York, 1894

 

1778 map showing the Warren property and what had been Monument Lane (circled). After the Revolutionary War ended and American independence secured, Monument Lane became Greenwich Lane.

 

In the first decades of the 19th Century, Greenwich Village’s layout took shape. Greenwich Lane determined the angle of the north-south streets that roughly paralleled it, with the Village’s east-west streets meeting it at a rough right angle. With a few name changes here and there this is still the Greenwich Village street layout, with 7th Avenue South joining the party in 1912.

 

This Dripps plate from 1867 shows Greenwich Avenue in its final form. Note that present-day landmarks like Jackson Square and St. Vincent’s Hospital are in place on the map.

 

More of Greenwich Avenue’s surprisingly well-preserved brick houses, #96-100.

 

Some nifty casement windows at the slight angle of Greenwich Avenue and Jane Street. There are a number of streets in Manhattan named for women (Catherine Street, Ann Street) but Jane Street is not one of them. A Mr. Jaynes owned property in the area around 1800–after that, the parcel was sold to William Bayard, a friend of Alexander Hamilton. In 1804 Hamilton was taken there after his fatal duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken, where he passed.

 

Although Greenwich Village and Greenwich Avenue’s name is not British in origin, it sounds like it, and it has attracted a number of businesses with British-sounding names, such as Elephant and castle (a square in London) Tea and Sympathy (British play and film) carry On Tea and Sympathy (the Carry On series was a long-running British comedy film series) and the fish and chips shop A Salt & Battery.

 

Sharp-angled building where East 13th turns east at Greenwich Avenue. I always wanted one of those narrow rooms with one window.

 

North of 13th Street: Substation for 8th Avenue Subway, built 1932-1933 at the height of the Art Moderne era that de-emphasized ornamentation in favor of a bolder, more straightforward approach. There was decoration, but not a whole lot. The brickwork, using just a few contrasting hues, is attractive and the lettering here is exactly the same lettering used in IND station name plates and directional signs. Wish I knew the font name.

A substation is a part of an electrical generationtransmission, and distribution system. Substations transform voltage from high to low, or the reverse, or perform any of several other important functions. Electric power may flow through several substations between generating plant and consumer, and its voltage may change in several steps. wikipedia

 

Located on the triangle between 8th and Greenwich Avenues and Horatio Street, Jackson Square has officially been a public park since 1872, though it appears as a “square” on maps prior to that. It’s widely thought that the square is named for its most obvious honoree, President Andrew Jackson ( 1767-1845) since “Old Hickory” had been a hero in Tammany Hall circles. However, Mozart Hall, a faction that had split off from Tammany, met in a building called Jackson Hall at #2 Horatio across the street from the park. Mozart Hall founder Fernando Wood was elected mayor of NYC in 1859 after winning from Tammany in 1854. The fountain looks older, in design, than 1990 when it was installed.

 

One Jackson Square, SE corner 8th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue. “Undulations bound to produce joyous ululations from many a strolling architecture critic” says the 2010 AIA Guide to New York. If you want to rent the penthouse it’s $30,000 a month, or if you want to buy, it’s a steal at $17M.

Why was the AIA Guide gushing so much? They gave it an award!



Two magnificent bank buildings from a former age face off across West 14th from each other at 8th Avenue. The first is the New York County National Bank (1906-1907 DeLemos & Cordes, arch.)

 

The second is the green-domed New York Savings Bank (the bank founded by Alexander Hamilton; 1897, R.H. Robertson, arch).

One bank is a men’s health club and gym, while the other one, recently a Balducci’s, is now another CVS drusgtore. But at least they’re still there.

3/11/12





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45 Responses to GREENWICH AVENUE

  1. roger_the_shrubber says:

    Johnny’s Bar on Greenwich (next to Tea & Sympathy) is one of my favorite places to have a beer and listen to good rock music. I also recall there was a tiny French restaurant (actually more like a diner) up nearer to 6th Ave called Brigitte’s that made fantastic home-made food. It’s been gone a while now.

  2. JaneS says:

    Village Paper could not have opened in 1972 because Sutter’s bakery was at that location until May of 1976. I know– used to go there all the time and I still miss it. I love your web site– please keep it up!

  3. chris says:

    I was a member of the national maritime union in the early 80s.There is a similar looking building on the Hong Kong waterfront with round windows too that I suppose are meant to mimic a ship’s portholes(portlights)The chinese call the building The House of a Thousand A….holes.which,come to think of it would have been an apt name for the 12th st. building,though not in reference to its windows if ya get my drift.The NMU also had a bldg. on w. 17th st. with the same design.My h.school graduation was held there

  4. Doug says:

    The Times reported Sutter’s closed on May 23, 1976, after exactly 50 years in busines, the result of “a sharp increase in rent…from $40,000 to $60,000 a year.” In addition, the landlord was asking for a $50,000 fee for a new lease. The owners, twin sisters Helen Mulcahey and Marie Kammenzind, daughters of Sutter, could not swing it.

  5. Stephanie says:

    @roger: Chez Brigitte’s was on Greenwich just west of 7th, a couple of doors down from what is now Bone Lick Park. It was a tiny place, there for decades before being forced out due to high rents. A Tasti-d-Lite or something similar came in, but that closed down fairly quickly. I can’t remember what if anything is in that space now.

    • roger_the_shrubber says:

      What a loss. Wish I had eaten there more often.

      It seems like any place with independence and character in this city has a bulls-eye on its back for developers and landlords.

    • nothing says:

      It sits empty right now.

  6. Neal says:

    We do know that the poet Edna St. Vincent
    Millay was so named because she was born in that hospital.
    If that tradition held for all New York births, my middle name would have been St. Elizabeth, a long closed hospital in Washington Heights/Inwood.

    • Ken B. says:

      Thank God my parents were unaware of any such tradition when I was born in Flushing Hospital! It could have been worse than having been a boy named Sue.

  7. Tal Barzilai says:

    Speaking of pizza places, near the former Jefferson Market Courthouse was the original location for Original Ray’s Pizza. Just recently, they had to close after a dispute with a realtor back in August. It’s very unfortunate, that NYC lost a known pizza place. BTW, don’t confuse this with Famous Ray’s, which is different. Still, it felt like a major loss at least to me, because I would eat at one whenever I saw one in the area.

    • T J says:

      Before Monument Lane and Day-O was a great neighborhood Italian place, Il Marrionetta. One day I went by to get ny traditional friday night pizza, and there was a sign on the door. As best as I can remember it said “After 30 years we are closing. Gone fishing-Mario”

    • nothing says:

      Don’t be sad Original Ray’s is coming back with the same owner. They are at the NW corner of 6th Ave & 11th St.

  8. Carol Gardens says:

    Next to the substation (the red building) is the former Church of the Exquisite Panic–not really a church but headquarters for performance artist Robert Delford Brown. It was designed by Robert Morris Hunt, renovated by Paul Rudolph and is now owned by TV Producer Tom Fontana. The second floor has an amazing atrium-style library. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/06/11/nyregion/fyi-811695.html

  9. Joseph Ciolino says:

    Gents: (and Ladies):

    My dad was a mailman for the city starting in the late 1940′s. One of his first routes included 1 Christopher Street, pictured above in your article. One resident he used to speak of as having lived there at the time was none other than the original Dracula, Bela Lugosi.

    • Jamie says:

      My Aunt Katherine lived at #1 Christopher Street as well and one of the neighbors I remember was James Earl Jones, back when he was just starting his acting career.

      Another neighbor who lived for a short time at 207 West 11th St (next door to Two boots Pizzaria) was the French Singer/Cabaret artist, Robert Clary…also known as Lebeau from Hogans Heroes. Mitchell Ryan lived on West 11th near West 4th and Jane Curtin lived over on West 10th between 5th and 6th Avenues.

    • Richard F. Clark says:

      I worked for Tucker’s fresh flowers and Louie Balducci’s Vegetables store 1959-1961. approx. 1960 they were shooting the movie Butterfield 8 . I will never forget the scene where Liz Taylor comes out of 1 Christopher St. jumps into a little red sports car and drives west towards 7th Ave.

  10. Jamie says:

    When I was a kid growing up on West 11th St and Waverly Place, a wonderful toy store named One Two Kangaroo occupied the space that is now Two Boots. It was the kind of place where the owners actually LET kids play with the toys they wanted to buy.

    Also missing is a nice little French restaurant, Le Chez Brigette, which was next to Heller Wines on the South side of Greenwich just West of 7th Avenue. There was a FDNY Maximum Occupancy sign inside the Chez Brigette that said “The Chez Brigette seats 330 people -11 at a time”. You see the place was only 30 feet wide and had 2 tables and 3 counter seats! But they had the BEST French Onion soup I ever had…

    Across the street was the Lowes Theatre and the Greenwich Theatre was at the corner of West 12th St and Greenwich. St. Vincents bought and razed the Lowes theatre and left a giant vacant lot for years as they tried to get permission to build a huge wing with a bridge over 7th Avenue.

    The Greenwich lasted until the late 80′s I think.

  11. Rich says:

    CVS pharmacy occupying that magnificent bank building seems almost tragic.

  12. Maria says:

    thenakedgrapewinestomper.com :)

  13. Adam K. says:

    Thanks for a terrific post.
    Before Two Boots moved in (early ’90s?), that location was home to an optical shop. The glassed-over short corner of the space was a display case and there was a painted sign above it, of–what else?–a pair of glasses. Two Boots kept the glasses sign (you can see this in the pic), but added funky colors and painted pizza slices shooting out of the lenses.

  14. nothing says:

    Under your second photo of Casey’s Flower Studio you say their address is #1 Greenwich Street, that should read Avenue. Thank you for the photos and background, one of my favorite streets in NYC.

  15. Great post but you refer to both Greenwich Street and Greenwich Avenue as Avenue in the opening two paragraphs.

  16. Philip Shane says:

    Great article, Kevin. Another interesting story is that Mulry Square was reputed to be the location of Edward Hopper’s famous “Nighthawks” diner painting, and I’d always believed that until just now (!) when in looking it up again I discovered Jeremiah Moss’s article in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/opinion/05moss.html?_r=1&hp

  17. Eric Gewolb M.D. says:

    MARVIN’S SHOE’S was a family shoe store located at 19 Greenwich Avenue from 1958-1971. It was owned and operated by Marvin Gewolb and Ellis Fleg. It was located near the corner of 10th Street across the street from the NYC Woman’s House of Detention and diagonally across the street from Sutters Bakery. Marvin Gewolb travelled to France and Italy frequently and designed Woman’s sandals and winter boots in an era when they were only available in certain shops in Greenwich Village. The business was extremely successful until the day it closed in 1971, when Ellis moved with his family to California. I know this quite well, because my father was Marvin Gewolb, and I spent many a summer and holidays working in his store. Today I am a Psychiatrist practicing in Bayonne , New Jersey.
    Eric Gewolb M.D.

  18. Rick says:

    You left out one of the most famous locations of all: The triangular corner flower shop at Greenwich Ave and 11th street was the diner locale used for Edward Hopper’s most famous painting, NIGHTHAWKS. http://www.artchive.com/artchive/h/hopper/nighthwk.jpg.html

  19. Pat says:

    Does anyone remember the Italian restaurant that was at 75 Greenwich Ave from 1952 – 1968? It was called Carmine’s.
    Looking for photos if you have any at all too!
    Thank you

  20. that bit between the book store and the natural place (the red bit with the clover shaped window) is neat. shame abot the paper place, but glad it will make a new life still.

    roger_the_shrubber – it’s a shame that finding places that play good rock and roll is getting harder to find :(

  21. Richard Spitzer, MD says:

    I lived as a little kid @ 75 Bank Street, and my Dad owned a pharmacy (St. Vincent’s Chemists) at corner of Bank and Greenwich, the space later to become Artepasta. This was in late 1940s -early 1950s. I went to school first at Little Red Schoolhouse, then at PS 41, which then was on Greenwich Avenue (where the playground for the current PS 41 is now located.
    I remember Sutter’s clearly. Before it went to Greenwich Avenue it had a location near my home on Bank Street, possibly on Perry St. I yearn for their cookies. You entered that shop to be met by the most incredible smell of butter and baked goods. A fellow named Mario always gave me a free sample. Whenever I return to NY, for whatever reason, the village is my first stop

  22. George says:

    I loved Sutter’s bakery in the Village while I lived on Sixth Avenue and 13th street in the early 60′s and later
    In college I also had a part time job at Sutter’s in Brooklyn.
    Over the years I tried to find a bakery that used the same recipes but no success.
    Lately I found a web site post on forums.egullet.com from 2006, by one of Sutter’s grandsons who intended to open a new Sutter’s in the Village and had all the old recipes.

    I have not heard anything since and I hope that if he does not open the bakery he would publish a book with the receipes. I am sure it would be well received.

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  24. I’m sure some other commenters caught this, but ‘Tea and Sympathy’ was not a British movie or play but an American one, by the author of ‘I Never Sang for My Father.’ It is a prep school story (Exeter) , something like ‘A Separate Peace,’ but with the homosexual panic more explicit.

    As I recollect, Sutter’s (bakery and café) first closed in 1972 when a car drove through the front picture-window. It reopened after some months but then closed again (1973). Their Vienna bread and almond horns were exquisite, as were their loaf-breads.

  25. Kathy says:

    Before it was the rate pasta, it was a lovely place called the Starthrower Cafe. Maybe from around 1977 to 1980. Does anyone remember it?

  26. rabane says:

    It seems like any place with independence and character in this city has a bulls-eye on its back for developers and landlords – are you serious here. It still is a damn lovely place my friend

  27. ryjm says:

    View from 7th avenue looking east. You can see that the curved roof on 54 greenwich wasn’t like that in 1937. Also, check out those 5c hamburgers!

    http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~30~30~974535~124560:bpm_1123-7

    http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx#!/ll/40.736426,-74.001055/id/62261/info/zoom/17/

  28. VillageGrl says:

    Does anyone remember a pizza place on the corner of 12th and Greenwich named La Marionetta, I think? Was there when I lived there in the early 70′s.

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