Up our alleys

Sidestreets, mews and offbeat angles add crooked charm all over the city.



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Old Kingsbridge Road: The apartment house at Old Kingsbridge and Garden Street tapers to a point, following the contours of a route American soldiers used during the Revolutionary War.

Poe Place: This run-down dead end off Coles Lane in the Fordham neighborhood hasn't aged as well as the nearby cottage where its eponymous writer once lived, but new lights and tree plantings are expected soon.


Love Lane and College Place: The 19th-century A-listers of Brooklyn Heights kept their buggies and horses behind their homes, with servants' quarters upstairs, in tidy mews like this one.


Washington Mews: Wrought-iron gates along University Place just north of Washington Square Park announce the entrance to this attractive Belgian-block-paved byway, where the city's elite who lived facing the park stabled their horses.

Patchin Place: At Patchin Place (off West 10th Street between Sixth and Greenwich Avenues), the gates stay locked; peer through to see  where Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill and e.e. cummings called home.

Sniffen Court: Remember the cover of the Doors' Strange Days album, with the jigging circus performers? It was shot here, in this little-known alley off East 36th Street, west of Third Avenue.

Henderson Place: This midblock strip, between East 86th and 87th Streets and East End and York Avenues, features distinctive red-brick Queen Anne homes built in the 1880s, with striking oriel windows and arched entryways.


Claremont Terrace: Samuel Lord, of Lord & Taylor fame, put up four country mansions here in the 1850s. The last was torn down this year, but the surface of this dead-end street off St. James Avenue in Elmhurst still looks a lot like it did in Lord's day.


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