Corner (257 Bleecker): The acclaimed Murray's Cheese
Shop was located here for many years, before it
moved across Bleecker Street c. 2005.
35: Early 19th Century rowhouse, greatly altered
James Agee's studio, where he did his
writing in the 1940s; he was writing movie reviews for
both Time and The Nation.
31: Po, hard-to-get-into Italian opened
in 1993 by Mario Batali, was Cafe Cino; staged plays
by Sam Shepherd et al., with actors like Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel
and Bernadette Peters. Considered the birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway
29: literary coffeehouse
opened in 1977. The downstairs has featured performances
by Suzanne Vega, Oliver Sacks and Terry Jones,
and a reading of the complete Iliad.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
had their first date here.
23: A former stable converted to a residence.
17: The Zampieri Bakery was here for decades.
"Every morning the smell of fresh bread would awaken the neighborhood," says
Jerry Stiller, who wooed Ann Meara on this block. A reader recalls her
great-aunt being in the WACS with a Zampieri; for years
her family would receive a Zampieri fruitcake for Christmas.
11: The address of The Jungle, a Prohibition-era
described by The New York Times as a "Greenwich Village
7: A pair of 19th Century tenements merged
and given an art moderne makeover in the 1930s.
W.H. Auden lived here from
1946-53; Tennessee Williams described Auden's
fourth-floor apartment as "fantastically
sordid." Auden's Age of Anxiety was
published while he lived here. In the late 1950s, it was home to jazz saxophonist
Bob Wilber, and was the birthplace of Scoot,
the world's first motor scooter magazine.
specializes in 1970s punk, but carries a wide
range of rock, jazz and soul.
Corner (162 W 4th): Karavas Place, Greek
grill since 1983; was Humpty Dumpty's. Downstairs is the K-Lounge.