Commerce, the restaurant in this 1912
building, has been known variously
as the Blue Mill Tavern and The Grange Hall.
It appears in The Brothers McMullen,
Woody Allen's Anything Else and the final
episode of Sex in the City. Supposedly Eugene O'Neill
and the Rosenbergs used to hang out here.
46-48: Commerce Street takes a right-angle turn here--becoming
an east/west street. The houses that face
each other in the corner--one of which was owned by
department store tycoon
have been dubbed the Pie Houses, from the fancy that
they are one house with a slice taken out
of it. They housed a Thieves' Court in
Arthur Train's novel The Man Hunt.
38-42: Founded by Edna St. Vincent Millay
and others in 1924 as a more surreal
alternative to the Provincetown Playhouse,
former silo built in 1817. Has
premiered plays by
F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos,
Gertrude Stein, Samuel Beckett,
Edward Albee, etc. James Dean appeared onstage
in 1954. The theater appears in such films as
Reds (standing in for the Provincetown Playhouse),
Godspell, Woody Allen's Another
Woman and Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues
(as the Beneath the Underdog club)--not to mention
Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It?" video.
Corner (77 Bedford): The oldest in the
Village, dating to 1799--though the Greek Revival
brick facade is newer, dating to 1836. Owner
Harmon Hendricks teamed up with Paul Revere to
corner the copper market.