West Third St., above, June 7, 1959. Same location, below, in April 2016. Only the tenement with the fire escape on the far left hand side at end of the block remains. Photos © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

West Third St., above, June 7, 1959. Same location, below, in April 2016. Only the tenement with the fire escape on the far left hand side at end of the block remains. Photos © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

  The Cafe Bizarre at 106 West 3rd Street was one of the early folk clubs in the Village, opened by Rick Allmen in 1957. The opening night headliner was Odetta.

  Over time it morphed from hosting top jazz acts and Beat poetry readings (Kerouac, Ginsberg and everyone else in their circle had readings there at one point or another) to rock and roll; it was here in 1965 that Andy Warhol first saw the house band, the Velvet Underground. Andy immediately declared that he was their manager, and off they went to make history.

  The building had a history too. It was one of Aaron Burr's old stables.

  Of course, despite everything, NYU decided it needed a new law school dorm and razed most of the street to build one in 1984.

  Learn about how all that happened, and the bizarre things that went on at the Café Bizarre, on the Save The Village: The Beats and Bob Dylan walking tour.

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