This building, on the corner of Bleecker and Christopher streets in downtown Manhattan has a very important place in New York City’s history. The building was constructed in 1802 and is one of the oldest buildings in Greenwich Village! It was the office of John Randal Jr., the surveyor and chief engineer for New York City’s street commissioners. Randell designed the street grid plan of Manhattan in this building between the years of 1807 and 1809! He completed the plan in 1811. To view the map and read about The Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, click here.
Last year, The New York Times wrote an interesting article about John Randal Jr., how he surveyed Manhattan, and the perception of his work at the time. (He was arrested, sued and “pelted with artichokes and cabbages”!) Click here to read the story on www.nytimes.com.
Scroll below to view pictures of 329 Bleecker Street. We love how this 2-story house stands the test of time as its surroundings evolve throughout the years!
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