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WEST FOURTH STREET COURTS NYC -  Basketball!!! by Barbara Sparhawk

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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.

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  • alistair mcbride
    alistair mcbrideover 6 years ago

    Great description Barbara.

  • Thanks, Alistair. I used to spend so much time in the Village, lots of friends there, lots of waitressing jobs over the years, lively interesting place. And West Fourth Street subway station was a vast, multi-train line stop and launch for Manhattan.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthover 6 years ago

    Hi Barbara! Your writeups are the BEST! I am always learning the most interesting facts from you, my Dear Friend! Wonderful addition to your collection………xxoo

  • Ruthie, my Buddie, many thanks. I really enjoy writing up these little histories of the city I lived in for so long. When I read about your environs, it’s equally interesting, the shape of the land and it’s skies. xx00 back atcha.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsover 6 years ago

    Beautifully created and beautifully described, Barbara. Your words always bring these scenes to life for me. Thank you!

  • Thanks, dear Sande. Posting some more artsy stuff soon, but I wanted to get this one out. W 4th has become a landmark.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • bites
    bitesover 6 years ago

    Cool, love reading where you have been : )

  • Thanks, bites….same here. This place is a university for me; glad to contribute bits and pieces.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • photos40
    photos40over 6 years ago

    Stunning tee & wonderful description.

  • Thanks so much, photos40. It’s a lively place.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • photos40
    photos40over 6 years ago

    Please call me Wayne.

  • Howdy, Wayne. Nice to meet you, properly.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

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