When Faith and I exited the Highline in New York City a few weeks ago, we continued south along the Hudson for a while. We kept snapping photos and walking until our feet started to hurt and we were hungry. The problem was that by that time, we were pretty far south but not south enough to notice any landmarks. So, we headed east. We figured that, at some point, we would figure it out.
While trying to avoid some sidewalks that were closed for construction, we stumbled onto Bleeker St. I remembered two things about Bleeker St. One, it was featured in Bruce Springsteen’s song “Kitty’s Back” and two, it kinda-sorta connects with Eighth Avenue at some point. Bruce Springsteen and I both spent some time in nightclubs on Bleeker St in the 70s. It felt good to write that. To be honest, it’s not like we were pals. We didn’t spend time in those nightclubs together. I think he was there much earlier and much more often than I was and I think he probably had a better time.
In any case, we weren’t looking for nightclubs at 2:30 pm, we were hungry. So hungry that I think I heard Faith sigh when I said: “wait here, I’m going to go get a picture of that door.” It wasn’t much of a sigh, I wait for her to get pictures of this, that and the other thing all the time. Still, as we headed northeast, I was snapping door shots pretty fast. In fact, most of the photos in the gallery below had to be rotated to keep the doors from swinging open.
The featured doors are in the building at 367 Bleeker St. In case you’ve fallen in love with the idea of entering such a door at the end of your work day, it appears that one of the condos in the building is available. According to Zillow:
367 Bleecker St # 2,
New York, NY 10014
2 beds 2 baths 1,729 sqft
“This apartment is housed in 2 adjoining mid 18th century legendary West Village townhouses. Once the home of Pierre Duex and the shop’s owners Pierre Moulin and Pierre LeVec. Appreciatively, the Pierre’s left their trademark style as they decorated each of these apartments. The apartment entry foyer is lined with Louis XV boiserie pine paneling behind which is a wet bar and generous closet.…There is central air and a washer dryer. This is a pet friendly condominium.”
Maddie will be glad to hear that she’s welcome and the place has AC.
However: The last time it sold was on 10/17/2012 and it sold for: $2,920,000. Yes, there are two commas in that number. Zilliow’s Zestimate® this time is $3,887,660.
OK, then, let’s take a look at some of your soon-to-be neighbors’ doors.
What I really like about these old neighborhoods are the ways in which people and businesses worked to distinguish their portion of a seemingly monolithic block of buildings.
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors series. I you love doors, like doors or just think you found an interesting door, snap a pic and join the fun.