235: This 1928 Thomas W. Lamb hotel
was given a stylish makeover in the 1980s
by Philippe Starck. In the 1930s there was a nightclub here
called the Diamond Horseshoe, noted in the
WPA Guide for its "elaborate show."
Now it's home to the Whiskey bar.
Church of Scientology
227: The religion started by sci-fi
writer L. Ron Hubbard is housed in what was once
the National Vaudeville Artists Club, where
Cary Grant (then Archie Leach) lived while he
tried to break into show biz in the 1920s. In the
1970s, the Seventh Day Adventists had their New
York headquarters here.
225: Was Bal Tabarin, a nightclub
noted in the WPA Guide for its
219: The Hotel Edison Cafe is
noted for its Magic Table, where professional
illusions gather to amaze one another.
205: A Rococo palazzo built in 1909-10
by Carrere & Hastings as the Globe Theater.
The Sound of Music had its first long
run here. Sarah Bernhardt, Fred Astaire, Fanny
Brice and namesake Lynn Fontanne have all played
201: Gaiety Male Burlesk was classic
Times Square sleaze--seems to be closed now. It was
also known as the Orpheum Dance Palace and the
Corner: This was not only the last
in New York--it was one of the last in the
entire country. Missed for its cocktails and
Americana. It was once a Child's.
Upstairs was the
Gaiety, a gay burlesque house. Earlier
it was the New Paris, with live sex shows; before that,
from 1917-64, it was the
Orpheum Dance Palace,
New York's most famous dime-a-dance joint. Here in 1923,
when it was known as Wilson's Dancing Studio, novelist Henry Miller met his second wife, June Mansfield.
Rheba Brown, the Salvation Army's "Angel
of Broadway" who was the inspiration for Guys and Dolls'
Sarah Brown, used to hold her street rallies at this corner.