Tag Archives: 11th Street

11th St: The West Bank, or Paradise Regained (Hudson River Greenway)

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Finally, after an epic journey through Hell and four circles of Purgatory, the Pilgrim has arrived at the West Bank: a quiet sanctuary at the edge of the water, plied by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike. Beyond the water, Paradise … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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11th St: A Jacobean Fantasy (Greenwich Ave to Hudson St)

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Past Greenwich Avenue, 11th Street makes a 45-degree turn and veers off into what looks like a completely different city altogether. This is West Village, where the Goddess – Jane Jacobs – holds sway. It is a fantasy garden-world with … Continue reading

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11th St: Limbo (5th to 7th Aves)

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11th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues was described by Jane Jacobs as a “dignified and interesting street” to walk on, because of the diversity of uses and ages of the buildings here. Today, most of this block and its … Continue reading

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11th St: Purgatorio Grandissimo (Broadway to 5th Ave)

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Between Broadway and 5th Avenue sits some of the grandest residential buildings on 11th Street, in a variety of opulent styles: cast-iron, mock Tudor, Beaux-Arts and somewhat more Contemporary. The intersections, in particular, stand out for the European cities they … Continue reading

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11th St: Holy War (1st Ave to Broadway)

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Don’t be fooled by the outwardly placid nature of these three blocks just past Alphabet City. This is a battleground for Mankind’s soul. The Cardinal Sins manifest themselves here, in a multitude of seductive forms designed to part the pilgrim … Continue reading

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11th St: Scattered Edens (Ave C to 1st)

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The word “Paradise” comes from  the Old Iranian word “pairidaeza,” which originally meant “walled enclosure,” though over the centuries, has come also to refer more generally to a “garden.” Between Avenues C and A lie a trio of quaint, verdant … Continue reading

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