Plaque outside 82 Washington Place

Plaque outside 82 Washington Place

Willa Cather and Richard Wright both lived at 82 Washington Place.

John Philip Sousa lived next door at 80 Washington Place.

Diane Arbus was across the street at 71 Washington Place.

At 88 Washington Place was where "Ashcan" painter John French Sloan lived. This was also the location of the Fronton, a speakeasy from 1923-26 that was popular with New York Mayor Jimmy Walker and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Both lived within walking distance. Walker on St. Luke's Place and St. Vincent Millay on Bedford. Her middle names comes from the former hospital on West 11th St., where she was born. Fronton proprietors Jack Kriendler and Charlie Berns, moved uptown and founded the famed 21 Club. 

Just another single block on a quiet Village street, with a noisy history. 

Been musing with some local folks about a Bob Dylan plaque. The Beats and Bob Dylan walking tour passes a plaque for Poe, who Dylan and Ginsberg read, a plaque for the San Remo, where both drank, and 10 other spots significant in the Dylan canon (plus dozens of other plaques for everyone from baseball player Hank Greenberg to American Revolution figure Tom Paine).

As the tour shows, Dylan was all over the Village for a very long time. Still casts a long shadow.

Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" at 59 Grove St.

Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" at 59 Grove St.

Thomas Paine's old house at 59 Grove St.

Thomas Paine's old house at 59 Grove St.


82 Washington Place the other night.

82 Washington Place the other night.

Lousy photo of plaque outside 80 Washington Place, where John Philip Sousa lived back when Woodrow Wilson was president.  

Lousy photo of plaque outside 80 Washington Place, where John Philip Sousa lived back when Woodrow Wilson was president.