ABSTRACT

Standing on West 10th Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village, it is hard not to feel a deep twinge of nostalgia and envy. The large Greek Revival homes that line both the northern and southern sides of the street loom larger than most brownstones, with enormous windows and imposing entrances. To my left, at No. 5, the elaborate doorknobs designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany bleed onto the wooden doors like golden puddles. But not only the buildings are impressive: 10th Street, between the “Gold Coast” of 5th Avenue and bustling 6th Avenue, is one of the most significant artistic and literary blocks in the United States.