Charles Lane Door

Greenwich Village has alleys that remind me of the many old alleys in London. I love exploring these hidden pathways when I find them. They are found in the older parts of many cities. Some were used as passage ways to stables in the rear of houses; and some for rear access to service doors. The word alley is from Middle English from Old French allee meaning to walking passage.

Charles Lane, with its Belgian Block paving, is named for Charles Christopher Amos, who owned the estate where Charles Street and Lane are 10th Street used to be called Amos Street). Charles Lane.

The lane may mark the northern boundary of Newgate State Prison, which stood from 1797 until 1828 when it moved upstate and became Sing Sing.

The author Thomas Pynchon, who wrote “Gravity’s Rainbow”, lived on Charles Lane.

On its West Street end, Charles Lane currently runs between the twin towers of Richard Meier’s glass-faced Perry Street condominiums.

Read about other interesting Greenwich Village alleys at forgotten New York.

Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors March 16, 2017

13 Charles Lane, NYC 7/31/2011
13 Charles Lane, NYC 7/31/2011
Charles Lane, NYC 7/31/2011
13 Charles Lane, NYC 7/31/2011


14 thoughts on “Charles Lane Door

  1. Barbara Bryan 2017-03-19 / 6:03 pm

    Beautiful! These photos make me want to be right there!


  2. Norm 2.0 2017-03-17 / 8:14 am

    I get the connection with London, especially from that first shot. Is that a little mailbox on the bottom of the door? Cool!


  3. circadianreflections 2017-03-16 / 11:43 pm

    Really nice alley! Few in San Francisco look this nice. I love that shiny black door with the red planters next to it.

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  4. joey 2017-03-16 / 12:09 pm

    Lovely. Those alleys really make ours look pathetic. Nice door, too 🙂


  5. Jet Eliot 2017-03-16 / 11:33 am

    Thank you for taking us down Charles Lane, Sherry; today and in the past as well. Interesting juxtaposition with the Perry Street condominiums.

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  6. sustainabilitea 2017-03-16 / 8:58 am

    Definitely a London feel to it, Sherry, and much like many places in Philadelphia. Good reason for that feel since so many of the first colonists were from England. 🙂


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  7. Trini Lind 2017-03-16 / 8:13 am

    Oh, thank you so much for this!! I am writing a story, and parts of it is set in New York, and just today I am working on a chapter set in Greenwhich Village! This was perfect to refresh my memory! 💖😊💖😊💖😊

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