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  • Anthony Flood wrote on March 17, 2008 report

    . . . couldn't get THE STREET right? 56th Street?

    What I wish someone could verify is that the basement "gentlemen's club" that's part of the building marked 1674 Broadway AT THE CORNER OF 52ND STREET had its own number, 1678 Broadway, and is the site of the original Birdland (before that, The Clique, before that, Ebony). Because just north of 1674 Broadway is a bank building that went up only a few years ago, so if that's where 1678 was, then it's as gone as The Three Deuces.

  • David Clarke wrote on July 02, 2009 report

    I am pretty sure that what is now the "gentlemen's club" is where Birdland was located. The "gentlemen's club" is located in the basement of an office building. The entrance is at the northwest corner of the building. The "gentlemen's club" uses 1674 Broadway as its address, but that is the address for the entire office building, and I suspect that the "gentlemen's club" uses that address because it is prominently displayed on the awning that sticks out from the main entrance to the office building, so it's easy to spot from a cab as you approach. The address of the new bank building mentioned by Anthony Flood is 1680 Broadway. The pizza place that is right next to the "gentlemen's club" (it is actually closer to the main entrance of the office building than the entrance to the "gentlemen's club" is) has used both 1674 and 1678 Broadway as its address at one time or another. Perhaps most importantly, if you do a Google search for "1678 Broadway," one of the first sites on the list that will come up is a picture on Flickr of the entrance to Birdland that someone took in 1960. The camera is looking south down Broadway. Judging from the picture, I think that the Birdland awning was located exactly in front of the current entrance to the "gentleman's club." Among other things, if you look at the picture, you will see that there is a manhole cover just north of the awning. I just walked past the "gentleman's club," and there is a manhole cover in the same place in front of its entrance.