11th St: Sodom and Gomorrah (Hudson St to West St)

53 – House of Sufism, a khaniqah belonging to the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.

Past Hudson Street sits Far West Village, or Sodom and Gomorrah – the final circle of Purgatory. Along this short expanse of street reside homosexuals, Sufis, artists, Turks and Frenchmen, five races known for less than stalwart mores and blasphemous beliefs, that fly in the face of the chaste Puritan values of our Founding Fathers.

Well…so these mainstream Puritan Founding Fathers would have it known anyways.

Towards West Bank, a Grand Palazzo in the Venetian style rises ostentatiously where an ancien stable – a reminder of Christ Our Lord’s humble birthplace and station in life – used to be. The pilgrim would do well to keep his eyes firmly on the path ahead, and not look up or back at this abominable edifice, for fear he would be turned into a pillar of salt, like Lot’s wife was in the Holy Book(s).

54 – Gay City: a news journal for the city’s gay community.

55 – An apartment tower on Washington Street.

56 – Turks & Frogs and Orient Express, a delightful duo of wine bars cum French/Turkish restaurants.

57 – Palazzo Chupi, controversially built by the artist Julian Schnabel on the site of a former stable.

58 – YGA’s {Yahweh-God-Allah} warning issued to Lot: Sodomy is Evil.

G – Sodom and Gomorrah

PDF: G – Sodom and Gomorrah (Hudson to West Sts) (1.2 MB)

I am indebted to New York Songlines (www.nysonglines.com) for detailed information about landmarks on the street.

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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