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Cornelia Street Café (former)

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Legendary eatery and performance venue

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Greenwich Village
Commercial, Arts and Entertainment, Performance

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Written by Rebecca Faulkner

In May 1977, three artists stumbled across a tiny storefront in the heart of Greenwich Village and thought it the perfect place to open a café. For two months they scraped and sanded, plumbed and plastered, and did the intricate dance one does with the authorities who live beyond the Village, and on the weekend of July 4, 1977, perpetually 201 years behind the US, they opened the Cornelia Street Café.

For almost 40 years, the Cornelia Street Café, in addition to providing food for the body (not to mention drink), has attempted to provide food for the soul. From humble beginnings, the Café has produced perhaps the widest variety of performance in New York: from science to stilt walking, from Latin jazz to Russian poetry, from Eve Ensler and The Vagina Monologues to Suzanne Vega, who sang her first songs in front of the cappuccino...

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Rebecca Faulkner, Suzanne Vega, and Paul L. Mills

The Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, a place that indeed matters, and is responsible for launching the careers of thousands of emerging artists. (February 2017)

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