A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 31, 2018
Author’s Row (Jane Street in West Village, Manhattan)

Jane Street in the West Village of Manhattan, between Greenwich Avenue and Eighth Avenue (or Hudson Street), is sometimes called “Author’s Row” because of the many famous writers who have lived there. “The elders of Jane Street in the West Village say there may be more published authors per square foot on its five short blocks than anywhere else in the city,” the New York (NY) Times explained on May 27, 2001.

A decade later, with apartment prices on Jane Street reaching very high levels (out of reach of most authors), the New York (NY) Times stated on August 10, 2012:

“Jane Street, nicknamed ‘author’s row’ a decade ago because of the plethora of writers who lived there, might well be re-christened ‘hedge-fund row’ if the trend persists.”

The website StreetEasy explained on October 3, 2018:

“Jane Street, also called ‘Author’s Row,’ has been home to a number of famous writers, and is just a short walk away from the White Horse Tavern — the legendary watering hole frequented by James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas, who is said to have had his last drink there.”


New York (NY) Times
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: GREEWICH VILLAGE; It Was a Dark and Stormy Night ...
MAY 27, 2001
The elders of Jane Street in the West Village say there may be more published authors per square foot on its five short blocks than anywhere else in the city. The street certainly has lots of writers—see below—and many of them will exhibit their works at a fair on the street on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can your neighborhood boast of more published authors in residence than Jane Street? Count them up, and let us know, at

Forbes
Aug 22, 2018, 04:55pm
A Greek Revival Townhouse In New York City’s ‘Author’s Row’ On The Market For $7.45M
Regina Cole
Greenwich Village’s Jane Street is called “Author’s Row” because so many writers have lived there. Number 61 alone has been home to John Cheever, Thomas Meehan and Susan Brownmiller. Other Jane Street authors include Ed Hoagland, Felice Picano, Harry Lorayne, Charles Verral and Edwin Burroughs.

Curbed—New York
On “Author’s Row” in the West Village, a 97-year-old townhouse for $7.7M
The four-story home comes with five bedrooms, and three-and-a-half bathrooms

By Tanay Warerkar@TanayWarerkar Nov 13, 2017, 2:15pm EST
Located near the corner of Hudson and Jane Streets in the West Village, this charming four-story townhouse is now on the market for $7.695 million.
(...)
The townhouse is located on the West Village’s “Author’s Row,” according to the brokerbabble—a reference to all the well-known writers who lived in this general area.

StreetEasy
Celebrating National Book Month: NYC’s Top Neighborhoods for Bookworms
By Emily McDonald
Oct. 3, 2018
(...)
Heading downtown, the West Village is another choice neighborhood for book lovers. Jane Street, also called “Author’s Row,” has been home to a number of famous writers, and is just a short walk away from the White Horse Tavern — the legendary watering hole frequented by James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas, who is said to have had his last drink there.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Monday, December 31, 2018 • Permalink