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Jane’s Walk 2013: In Search of the Tenderloin and Tin Pan Alley, Sunday, May 5 at 12 Noon

April 25th, 2013 by DavidFreeland

I realized the notice for last year’s Tenderloin/Tin Pan Alley walk was still posted, so here is updated info for this year: Sunday, May 5 at 12 noon.  If you plan to make it, kindly send me a note via the website.  Apparently a number of the Tin Pan Alley houses are up for sale, again (and therefore threatened with potential development), so this is a good time to reaquaint ourselves with their remarkable history.

In Search of the Tenderloin and Tin Pan Alley


Date: May 5

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Walk Host: David Freeland, Author, AUTOMATS, TAXI DANCES & VAUDEVILLE

Accessibility: Partially Accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: From the 1870s to about 1910, the Tenderloin was Manhattan’s most famous red-light district, a cradle of elegant vice that developed north of 23rd Street west of Fifth Avenue, in the shadow of luxurious hotels such as Gilsey House. High-stakes gambling parlors, brothels, saloons, dance halls – the Tenderloin reveled in its own illegality, until pressure from civic authorities and corporate development led to its demise. Since the 1990s, zoning changes have altered the landscape of the old Tenderloin’s main stem – Sixth Avenue – and have led to the destruction of many buildings. But a few reminders survive. On this tour, we will visit sites associated with still-visible Tenderloin businesses, including the block of 28th St. once known as Tin Pan Alley, birthplace of the pop music industry.

Meeting Place: The sidewalk in front of Gilsey House, located at 1200 Broadway at 29th Street, Manhattan

Ending Place: Site of former Koster & Bial’s Music Hall, at 24th Street & Sixth Ave

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  • In your photo shown here is 45 West 28th Street known
    as the Jerome Music Publishers and also where the “Wizard
    of Oz by Frank Baum was first published in 1904.
    Although up for sale since last October by it’s New Jersey
    based landlord ,no one has yet purchased this building.
    A rumor has it that some tenants in the other historic buildings
    # 51-55 West 28th Street have been offered a million dollars
    to get out so that these great buildings might be torn down.