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The Haymarket

 
 
The Haymarket Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 27, 2017
1. The Haymarket Marker
Inscription. Nearby this spot, from the 1870s to the 1910s, stood the Haymarket, the Moulin Rouge of New York's gilded age. A concert saloon, it was among New York's first night clubs, when electricity first turned night into day. The subject of a famous painting by John Sloan of the Ash Can School, it tallied 5,000 visitors per day in 1903.

It stood at the nexus of New York civilization when Madison Square was the center of the city; where the theater, high end residential, and red light districts all came together. It was feet away from the Great White Way, when the theaters came up Broadway from Madison Square. Across Broadway stand today the Gilsey House (1869), the Breslin Hotel (1904), and the beginning of high end residential Fifth Avenue.

A red light district in the Tenderloin (that reformists called Satan's Circus) stretched along these side streets, west of Broadway from 24th Street up the West Side. "A popular if not always proper resort in the city,” the Haymarket's national notoriety was due in part to a policy of not allowing the "business” of prostitutes, pimps, gangs, and thieves to be conducted on the premises.

In the 1910s it became a moviehouse run by William Fox, a former garment worker, whose name is so widespread in the media today.

Contributed by Robert Amell NYC historian and

The Haymarket Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 17, 2018
2. The Haymarket Marker
The marker is at the left of the entrance.
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Location. 40° 44.846′ N, 73° 59.497′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 29th Street west of 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 West 29th Street, New York NY 10001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nikola Tesla /1856-1943/ (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Rea (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tin Pan Alley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Koster and Bial's Music Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); 1941 · Honor Roll · 1945 (approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, DD., LL.D. (approx. ¼ mile away); Marble Collegiate Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Macy's Department Store (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located just to the left of the entrance to the Haymarket Building.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
<i>The Haymarket, Sixth Avenue</i> image. Click for full size.
By John Sloan, 1907
3. The Haymarket, Sixth Avenue
"The 1908 exhibition in which John Sloan’s The Haymarket, Sixth Avenue was shown drew headlines in New York.... Exhibited with the work of his colleagues in an artist group called The Eight, The Haymarket was especially provocative because it showed lavishly dressed women entering a well-known dance hall unaccompanied by male companions. These women were independent and pleasure-seeking, defying society’s expectations. This type of realism in art shocked many viewers who were accustomed to idealizing and genteel subjects." - Brooklyn Museum
The Haymarket Building image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 17, 2018
4. The Haymarket Building
135 West 29th Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 3, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on November 17, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on August 3, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on November 17, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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