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Celeb Central

  Last season, tour groups ran into all kinds of recognizable faces, from Daniel Day Lewis to Philip Glass to some celebrity chefs (Batali, Bouloud).

  Here is one guy the tour won't run into: the late John Belushi, snapped by Fred W. McDarrah in front of Belusi's pad at 376 Bleecker St. (there is now a Cynthia Rowley store on the ground floor there).

  Book a 2017 tour today at SavetheVillagetours.com.

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Big Corner: MacDougal and Bleecker

Plaque erected by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation marking where the San Remo bar once stood. Photo © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

Plaque erected by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation marking where the San Remo bar once stood. Photo © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

 

  The San Remo was a bar at 93 MacDougal St. at the corner of Bleecker. In its heyday it was across from the Café Borgia and the Figaro. Big destination corner.

  Now 93 MacDougal is a crappy chain coffee store.

  It was a hangout for folks like... well, look on the plaque.  Now, not so much.

  Jack Kerouac described the bar's crowd in his novel The Subterraneans, which is based in large part on the San Remo:

Hip without being slick, intelligent without being corny, they are intellectual as hell and know all about (Ezra) Pound without being pretentious or saying too much about it. They are very quiet, they are very Christlike.

  Save the Village indeed. If it is not already too late.

  Dylan's song Subterranean Homesick Blues also is derivative of the place. Take one of the Save the Village tours and learn more. And have fun doing it.

OLD/NEW Cafe Borgia edition, or, Four Cornered

Nighttime view of Cafe Borgia, MacDougal and Bleecker Streets, May 22, 1966. Below, same view in December, 2015. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Nighttime view of Cafe Borgia, MacDougal and Bleecker Streets, May 22, 1966. Below, same view in December, 2015. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

  Taken from in front of the Figaro Café (on the SE corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Sts.), directly across the street, of the Cafe Borgia (on the NE corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Sts.).

  The NW corner at the famous intersection housed the San Remo Café. It is now a soulless chain coffee place. The SW corner had a funeral home. Now it has a branch of J.G. Melon's, a noted Upper East Side watering hole.

  Café Borgia, a bohemian's dream that was styled like an Old World cafe with medieval decor, drew patrons including Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Edward Albee and James Dean. It closed in 2001 after 60 years in business.

  Another historic stop on the Save the Village: The Beats and Bob Dylan walking tour. 

The People You Run Into

Whoppi, Morton-Williams Supermarket, Bleecker St. at LaGuardia Place, Dec. 17th, 5 pm

Whoppi, Morton-Williams Supermarket, Bleecker St. at LaGuardia Place, Dec. 17th, 5 pm

  First, perhaps, in a series of faces that one runs into before, during or after a Save the Village tour.

 This comedy actor originally from the West Side (projects behind Lincoln Center) and I converged at the ice cream cooler. Neither one of us needed to be there.