In the famous Greenwich Village of New York, West Fourth Street Basketball courts sit right on top of the major junction of the West Fourth Street Subway line. Starting as an underused square of concrete with two baskets & surrounded by chain link fence, it was used for seedy hanging out and not much sport. By the Seventies it was turning into hot competitive games with fewer amateurs and serious top-notch players. Huge crowds of fans, rock’n’roll blaring on fuzzy speakers, beer, hooking up, and a lot of nonsense and brawls.
It’s equally famous as the subway stop where you get out for the West Village: jazz, food, great Italian neighborhood, theatres, tiny but highly-coveted apartments, NYU campus down the block in Washington Square, beatniks, Mc Dougal Street, markets, and lots of street and foot traffic.
You’d be running up the same subway steps that Bob Dylan used to race to get to the nickel and dime gigs at dark clubs when he was making history.