Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lafayette Court, Pageant Books, and The Central Bar (9th Street)

109 East 9th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave, was the home of Pageant Books and Prints (made famous in Hannah and Her Sisters) from the 1950's through the 1990's.  It later became, in rapid succession, Pageant (a restaurant), No. 9 (a restaurant), and The Central Bar, an Irish pub that remains at the address.  The building is adjacent to a small private street/driveway known once as Lafayette Court.

1933 view of the north side of 9th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues.  No. 109 is on the left, with nos. 111 and 113 to the right, which were demolished in the early 1960's and replaced by the St. Mark apartment building at 115 East 9th.  It's difficult to tell what business exists at 109 in this photo.
NYPL Digital Gallery

Map showing no. 109 and the adjacent Lafayette Court, with its own addresses.  Note the Bible House across 9th Street.
NYPL Digital Gallery

In 1911, a real estate deal combined the building at 59 Fourth Ave with two of the lots on the adjacent Lafayette Court behind the building.  The building was apparently expanded and the unusually-shaped result can be seen here.
Deal in Fourth Avenue Loft Zone, New York Times, June 7, 1911

Pageant Books and Prints, no. 109 East 9th St, c. 1986, with Michael Caine and Barbara Hershey from Hannah and Her Sisters.

Luke Wilson and Rainn Wilson in a scene from My Super Ex-Girlfriend, filmed inside The Central Bar, 2006.

A current view of no. 109 from Google, note the gated Lafayette Court to the left.

Some NY Times articles about 109 East 9th Street's shady past...


Anonymous said...

I was just talking about this a couple of days ago. 105 E 9 was the "Charm Coffee" company.

Unknown said...

I love all your posts! I live on E. 10th, work at the current Pageant on E. 4th and am also on the vestry of St. Mark's Church so I love anything about the history of this area. You just made it much easier to learn. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

And here's another glimpse of East 9th Street from the summer of 1959. At the corner of East 9th and Third Avenue we see the Harmony Bar, where stellar Beat luminaries Kerouac and Ginsberg congregate. Note the construction of the new wing of Cooper Union to the south...

pinhead said...

@Anonymous 3:06pm
Thanks for the link to the video--I had never seen it before and it's fantastic. There's so much there I might do a post on just the video!