NoHo: A Downtown District with Vivid History and Striking Architecture

Janes Walk


Led By Bill Rosser

See the Public Theater (ex-Astor Library), Cooper Union (no longer free but a great college buy), Colonnade Row (1834’s most fashionable townhouses in New York City , and still standing), the Merchant’s House Museum (a marvelous Federal townhouse from 1834), Elizabeth Blackwell’s first-ever hospital for only women, and Louis Sullivan’s only skyscraper in the city – as well as the latest local skyscraper, IBM’s worldwide headquarters for its Watson artificial intelligence program. All are on or next to Lafayette St.

And picture living in the 1906 Silk building’s triplex condos, recently home to folks such as Keith Richards, Cher, Diane Keaton, Brittany Spears, and Fran Liebowitz. Right on Lafayette Street and formerly the site of Tower Records flagship store.

And walk to the studios of Chuck Close, Rauschenberg, and Basquiat.


The whole walk is no more than nine blocks. It will be relatively easy walking mostly on Lafayette St. Generally with curb cuts. I will be using a portable loudspeaker for easier listening.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
The Public Theater in NoHo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Alex Lozupone. Modifications: photo cropped.