Club Raleigh at the Oaks
49 (corner): Was
the Five Oaks
piano bar, where legendary scat singer Marie Blake
headlined in the 1970s and '80s. Since 1998, co-owned by
piano player David Raleigh. Sharing this address was
Halo, a briefly "in" restaurant/bar that boasted
of being the site of Britney Spears' 18th birthday party.
As 317 Bleecker, the building also features An
53: Grove Street Brasserie
55: Cabaret bar. Was the original
Duplex (now on Christopher), cabaret that featured
Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield. Cellar was
Romany Marie's Tea Room, classic bohemian hangout
featuring "gypsy" tea-leaf reading.
57: New York's
oldest jazz club (since 1937). Charlie Parker played here regularly.
59: Revolutionary writer
Thomas Paine died on this
spot, June 8, 1809, in the farmhouse of his friend
Marguerite de Bonneville.
The current building dates to 1839, and houses, a
piano bar named for Paine's American Crisis
papers, which used to be owned
by Marie Dumont. Another Marie--Marie Blake--sang
scat here in the 1950s and '60s.
A good place to meet chorus boys. Bette Midler lived upstairs here
in the 1970s. A young Patricia Highsmith
was another habituee.
61 (corner): Hakata Tonton, Japanese that
specializes in pigs' feet. Its predecessor, Taka,
used to serve grasshoppers. In the 1950s was
Il Nib--Italian for "The Nest"
--noted for its espresso. Also Grove Pharmacy.
In 1947, Anthony Hintz, hiring boss for
Pier 51, was shot outside his third floor
apartment here. Hintz lived long enough
to finger the shooter: John
"Cockeye" Dunn, the corrupt union boss
who controlled the piers--except Hintz's.
Dunn and an accomplice were executed;
the case inspired the movie On the