A place meet, greet, eat, & hang out.
Bleecker Street has been called many things - most evocatively, perhaps, the "Left Bank of America." It has also been referred to as the "breadbasket of the Village." It was on Bleecker in the early 1900s, when the New York area was America's film capital, that D.W. Griffith shot most of the outdoor scenes in his early silent films. In the 1940s, pushcarts made this street all but impassable. Cart operators were forced by law to move indoors, but the street retained its association with food, and today's Bleecker Street still contains some of the best and freshest fruits, vegetables, pastries, cheeses, meats, fish, and delicacies to be found in the city. Bleecker was immortalized in Allen Ginsburg's poetry, and musicians from Gian-Carlo Menotti to Simon and Garfunkel have paid tribute to its vitality.
Today, Greenwich Village is a mecca for the shopper in search of something unique. From a hard-to-find record, an antique rocking chair, or a talking parrot - to say nothing of a riff of jazz, an outdoor cafe, or an off-off Broadway show - it is likely to be found on Bleecker. But don't even think about moving here: mere mortals can't afford the rent, and residents never leave.