Corner (82 Bedford): Originally a
two- or three-story house with ground floor store
built in 1846, this corner structure at some
point became merged with 84 Bedford next door,
an 1826 Greek Revival townhouse.
58: The "secret" entrance to
Chumley's, a former speakeasy that still has no
outside sign. A literary hangout
for Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, O'Neill, Dos Passos, Faulkner,
Anais Nin, Orson Welles, Edna St. Vincent Millay, etc.
It's been closed since a chimney collapse in 2007 --
but word is it's being restored and
will reopen sometime in 2010.
52: In the movie Pollack, this
doorway is used as the entrance to the artist's
50 1/2: Poet
e.e. cummings kept a studio here during his first marriage.
48: Was Ithaka, wonderful Greek restaurant named for
Odysseus' home; relocated to East 86th Street. Before
that it was Barrow Street Bistro, Melrose, Paris Bistro--
that takes us back to c. 1980. From the late 1950s through
the mid-1970s, it was The Finale--a gay restaurant with a
candy-striped marquee in the garden.
44-46: A project of the Green- wich House
settlement house launched in 1905 and based here
since 1914. Its students have included
Henry Cowell and
Edgard Varese. Note musical railing. This place also
seems to be the home or at least the namesake of
the poetry journal
Bette Midler has lived in this 1828 building.
34 1/2-36 1/2: Passageway leads to garden house.
34: Built in 1828, this address was for a
couple years the home of Nobel Prize-winning poet
Joseph Brodsky--in the late 1980s or early '90s.
Corner (296 Bleecker): Mitali West, Bengali;
eastern version is on
East 6th Street.