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The philosophical notion of a "sense of place," unexplained "place experiences" linked psychologically to the footsteps and the spirit of Manhattan,NYC, underpins this pictorial and informative journey...
The Summer School 2016 Dance teacher, Gary and a student dance on The Neighbourhood Playhouse Theatre stage a Jazz Dance Routine on Wednesday, 13th July 2016 - Enjoy:



Manhattan Images

Brooklyn Bridge

Staten Island

2 World Trade Centre

Chelsea Hotel

Grand Central

Travis Barker

David Bowie

Bob Dylan

John Lennon

Shea Stadium

The Power Station

Punk Scene In New York

The Clash Punk Band

Joe Strummer Mural

U2 in Harlem


Muhammad Ali


Barefoot In The Park

Bette Midler

James Dean

Lenny Bruce

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Where Harry Met Sally


Steve McQueen Filming in Manhattan 1963...


New York

June 20th to August 3rd 2015

The six week course at The Acting Studio in W54Street, NYC was my first experience of The Meisner Technique and was on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday (1..00pm to 4.00pm)...the rest of the time was spent exploring Manhattan and the locations linked to The Clash & Steve McQueen...


New York

June 6th to July 15th 2016

The six-week Summer School was truly, an amazing experience surrounded by professional tutors and talented students.

The daily timetable started at 9.00am and finished at 5.30pm.

The activities included the History of the Group Theatre, Jazz Dance,The Meisner Technique, On Camera, Physical Theatre, Shakespeare and Voice & Speech...if you want to experience this superb course at The Neighbourhood Playhouse, then apply for the 2017 course as soon as you can.

The ambience of this historical building is something that will be part of me for the rest of my life.

And the fact that Steve McQueen was interviewed by Sandy Meisner as a 20 year year old and was offered a two year stay, after his three year stint in the Marines, allowed me to 'walk the walk'...which others may not have been aware of...and for which I will be extremely grateful for!


On Tuesday, 8th September 2015 someone suggested that I write a blog about my experiences in New York City and here goes!

Saturday, 20th June 2015

A friend drove me to the Bournemouth Coach station where I boarded a coach to a Heathrow Airport Terminal to fly out to New York on Saturday, 20th June 2015. I had never flown over such a long distance and found myself talking to an American couple who had flown to the UK to visit their daughter who was studying at one of the Universities that are scattered throughout the Highlands & Lowlands of Scotland.

I can recommend flying with Virgin Airways as they were very accommodating and appeared to feed you non-stop!! The cost of the return flight was just over £ 550...arrived at JFK airport around seven hours later and after passing through customs boarded a Metro to Howard Beach station where we all got off and paid $6 to pass through the barrier to the main Metro terminal. The station master suggested purchasing a Metro card for the month for $117. This allowed me to travel through New York City for approximately $4 per day. Which was very cheap.

Sunday, 21st June 2015
I travelled on the Metro to my first of four "Airbnb" accommodations arriving late on Saturday, 20th June 2015 in Brooklyn. The room was very basic and just off from the main apartment where a family of three lived in their cramped lounge alongside their bedroom and a small 1rest room'. In America, the word 'toilet' is not usually uttered aloud. I realised that I would need to find a local bar to escape to and the elongated Irish bar just across the road from the apartment was where I based myself over the next three nights. The evening passed by with the help of several flat screen TV's showing the Women's World Cup which was eventually won by the USA team...

The single bed in Brooklyn...

On Sunday, I took the Metro under the Brooklyn bridge and into Manhattan...

Bedford-Nostrand was the nearest Metro station and is located on the right of the map below:

Walking towards the Metro station, I spied upon a wall a beautiful statement which was captured on my 'philosophical' mobile phone:

Monday, 22nd June 2015 - Airbnb accommodation moved up to W137th Street - a monthly Metro card for $117 (£80) was bought to travel around Manhattan...

Three weeks later my accommodation moved up to W189th Street (2015)

Manhattan was very hot during the months of June and July 2015 and on occasions the water hydrant was deliberately set off and spilled out water throughout the day...

Ralph Ellison an American writer lived at 730 Riverside Drive - just a few blocks north of where I lived...(2016)

(2015) The Metro underground is made up of numbers and letters (N,Q). So the RED underground line includes 1, 2 and 3 trains. Often when on a train there will be an announcement - "This is the ONE stop W42 Street. This is Times Square and it was important to take a photograph of a building here:

In Times Square people were celebrating the "Solstice" by praying using their bright, red mat...

Times Square on W42St. would become the 'focal' point through my six week stay...although my initial impression was that I wanted to return to the 'peace and tranquility' of Dorset in South-West England! After a few days, I decided to embrace the experience...

I was here to attend a Meisner Technique course at The Actors Studio and to search for any Steve McQueen locations in Manhattan and in particular Greenwich Village which is where McQueen was based as a twenty year old after leaving the Marines.

My first website: has a LINK page to some of New York which I made reference to during my residency in NYC...

The second underlying reason for my visit was to locate where The Clash 'punk' band had performed at The Palladium and Bonds and where they had lived during their visits to NYC. My other website: was used as a reference point...



And of course, all good cities has a cowboy of some sort or another...(2015)


There again, all good cities has a 'character' of some sort or another...(2016)


Steve McQueen attended the Neighbourhood Playhouse at 340 East 54 Street in New York in 1951...after three years in the Marines...(2015)

The Neighbourhood Playhouse, 340 E54Street...

On Thursday, 9th July 2015 at 6.30pm attended an OPEN HOUSE evening to see around The Neighbourhood Playhouse with the intention of returning next year!!

I was interviewed on my return to England across SKYPE and performed a monologue as part of my interview with the Principal of the Drama school so I fly out to New York in June 2016....

Steve McQueen obtained a two year scholarship to attend the HB Studios, Bank Street...

(HB Studio - to be)

Opposite HB Studio...

Attended two weekends 'VOICE OVER' course (25/7/15 & 26/7/15 and 1/8/15 & 2/8/15) - $160


John Lennon lived at 105, Bank Street before February 1973...


Located a 'Meisner' acting coach in Greenwich Village and attended several workshops in the evenings (2015) -

THE ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE - - took a Zumba & a Beginner West African dance class (2015) -

405 W 55th St. New York, NY 10019-4402



Steve McQueen auditioned for The Actors Studio at 432 West 44th Street in the Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood  of Manhattan in New York (Founded: October 5th, 1947).

On Monday, 22nd June 2015 I stood outside The Actors Studio on West 44th Street, not realising that I should have been at The Acting Studio in W54th Street form the Meisner Technique acting course...

Arriving late was something that appeared to go against me over the next 6 weeks at The Acting Studio as my tutor was always dropping a comment about an English abroad...

We commenced the session with the Meisner Technique of 'repetition' which is where you sit opposite your partner on a chair and you describe something about them:

"You have a blue top on."

They repeat in the 'first person' :

"I have a blue top on."

This continues until there is an 'impulse' to change the response:

"You are smiling at me."

"I am smiling at you."

The classes were on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.

I immediately made friends with a colleague who was based in New Jersey and travelled into Manhattan each day, which took her approximately two hours. Over the six weeks, we would find different Irish Pubs nearby to drink and chat before she travelled back to New Jersey on a coach from Port Authority Bus Terminal at 625 8th Avenue.


Whenever I had a spare moment, I would search for locations linked to The Clash punk band and to Steve McQueen and Neile Adams. On Broadway, Neile appeared at St.James Theatre at 246, W44th Street -

Steve McQueen appeared in a play, 'A Hatful of Rain' at the Lyceum Theatre at 149, W45th Street -

Monday, 22nd June 2015

Opposite the Lyceum Theatre was where I took coffee - BOND 45 Restaurant...



Walking through Manhattan, my British humour kicked in as I spied a dead "War of the Worlds" alien-spider in the form of a yellow taxi which are allowed to dominate the Manhattan landscape on a daily basis.

Where Central Park and W59St. meet is a clothes store, Toilets and restaurant called TIME WARNER CENTRE at Columbus Circle were two superb statutes (2015):


Each day, left the apartment 0n W141St. and boarded the Metro on W137St. Riverside Drive in Harlem, and took the (1) train to W42St. and then got the S train to Grand Central Station and then walked to the platform to get on either the 4, 5 or 6 train to E51St. and then walked to the "Oxford Cafe Pizza" shop for my $4 coffee. Then walked onto E54St. where The Neighbourhood Playhouse was located...

Unbeknown to me until the end of the six week course, opposite the Oxford Cafe Pizza shop was where Marilyn Monroe's dress blew up whilst standing over an air vent outside 590, E52nd Street and Lexington the film 'The Seven Year Itch.'

On the other side of the road, and opposite the Oxford Cafe Pizza shop, is the L'Entrecote shop with the red canvas cover with the air vent nearby...


Saturday, 4th July 2015

The weekend allowed time for Manhattan to be explored and with it the unexpected such as this "Pop-Up" shop which had an Aladdin cave of art and more art...


Gallow Green was a superb restaurant with a 'roof top' bar....highly recommend this venue...

542 W 27th St, New York 10001

STEVE MCQUEEN in Greenwich Village

In Greenwich Village is the iconic street MacDougal St. and W3 St. with Washington Square Park nearby -

refer to map below...

Coffee Houses on MacDougal Street:

Washington Square Park was an 'iconic' place frequented during my six week stay in New York during 2015...

Apparently, it was also a place David Bowie regularly visited:


On the corner of Washington Square North and MacDougal Street - 1958.

Photo - Peter Stackpole.

Greenwich Village is where Steve McQueen based himself after leaving the marines in 1950 as a 20 year old.

Click on the newspapers:
Source of where Steve McQueen lived in Greenwich Village:

But he lived in a half a dozen places..

118, MacDougal Street with his Mother

27 N.Washington Square with Richard Martin

280, Sullivan Street with his Mother

Steve McQueen rented a room in an apartment with Glover Van Dexter (Toy Store) exact location unknown: 350 Bleecker Stree / 63 7th Avenue & W14th Street.

Steve McQueen's mother lived at 118, MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village...a cold water flat.
Steve McQueen stayed with Richard Martin for a short period of time at 27, North Washington Square while apartment hunting.



Steve McQueen on cover of "Crime Detective Magazine" Vol. 5 #1 May 1958 with a photo on the inside of the magazine...
CBS Television Wanted Dead or Alive actor Steve McQueen, driving a rented Mercedes Benz 300L, and his wife Neile Adams visit Central Park, NY...

Images dated May 6, 1960.

Steve McQueen and his wife Neile Adams visit his old haunts in Greenwich Village, NY.
 The rubble that Steve McQueen is standing on is Gristedes now. Corner of West 4th and Barrow was once where Louis' Tavern stood.

Building with the fake peaked roof front is Louis Tavern...

"Future site of Gristedes, August 29, 1959.

Photo - Estate of Fred W.Darrah.

This is the building which has been built on the rubble McQueen is walking across in Sheridan Square...

Gristede's Foods was where Louis Tavern was located...

May 6th 1960 - Mercedes Benz 300L

Source: Marie Fotini (2016)
(236, Sullivan Street) ?
Left - Petey "black" Lombardi, Sal Urgola, (Steve McQueen), Cosmo Nigro (in the black & background), Luigi Pinto (far right) and next to him is probably Butchie Perazzo...
(236-240 Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village)
Source: Marie Fotini (2016) - Steve McQueen lived at 240, Sullivan Street (corner of West 3rd Street) with his mother...

...And he worked for Francis TV

Apparently, when Steve McQueen became famous in Hollywood he would return to Greenwich Village and drop into a blacked out windows 'Members Only' drinking parlour, in Sullivan Street, with allegedly gangster influences...

Steve McQueen often went into Louie's bar in Greenwich Village for something to eat, nearby was Circle in the Square Theatre opposite Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village.
THEN - Circle in the Square Theatre, 1950's - 5, Sheridan Square.

To the LEFT of the Circle Theatre was Louis Tavern (196, West 4th Street).

NOW - Theatre replaced by apartments
San Remo Bar at 93,MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village..

Denise McCluggage lived at 11, Cornelia Street. This street is just around the corner where Denise and Steve McQueen would meet at Joe's Luncheonette on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village.
Cornelia Street can be seen on the left of the photograph below. Joe's Lunchenette on West 4th Street has been replaced by KARAVAS TAVERN

Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village...

Did Steve McQueen live at 283, Bleecker Street with Van Dexter...

Village People: Grover Van Dexter

At 283 Bleecker Street, a charming green awning once announced the name of an equally charming shop – Second Childhood, a local business dedicated to antique and unique toys for children of all ages. Owned by long time neighbour Grover Van Dexter, who preferred to be called simply “Van,” this Bleecker Street shop was the quintessential Village staple.

Grover Van Dexter, who owned Second Childhood (283 Bleecker Street, near Seventh Avenue), had collected antique toys for 30 years. His stock included a handmade wooden train, circa 1870; tin windup toys; dolls, and much more. Price are $1.50 to $2,250.

Dexter was originally drawn to New York to pursue acting. He fell in with the Village theater scene, working with Martin Landau, Shelley Berman, and Jean Erdman on her award-winning “The Coach with Six Insides.” He even lived with Steve McQueen, who he met while working at Whelan’s pharmacy on Sixth Avenue and 8th Street. Dexter said McQueen, not yet famous, was a powerful personality who used the entire Bleecker Street apartment building as a rehearsal space – the stairwells, roof, and hallways. Apparently McQueen drove everyone in the building crazy, until those stairwell rehearsals paid off and he became a superstar.

At the New York Public Library, it states that a Van Dexter lived at 350 Bleecker Street whilst another source from the NYPL states Van Lived at 63 7th Avenue and W14Street...

Map of same block 7th between 14th -15th


Four storey. Second building on the right

Whelans Drug Store is marked on the above map where Sixth Avenue meets W8Street.



"Naturally, there wasn't much stability in being an actor and Van Dexter had many side jobs. "I started working at the old Whelan's Drug store on Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street. One day some guy named Steve McQueen walked in. At that time I had a three-bedroom apartment around the corner (suggested as the RED POINTER in the above map - at 63 7th Avenue & W14St.)) and even though the rent was $105 I couldn't afford it. So Steve moved in and became my roommate. He was so poor he didn't have a pit to hiss in. One day when I came back from being on tour my landlord was furious because McQueen was upsetting the whole building. He used to rehearse all throughout the building, the roof, stairwells, anywhere. I had to kick him out but next thing I knew he was on some TV show called 'Wanted : Dead or Alive.'"




Grover Van Dexter...


Van worked at Whelan's Drug Store on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 8th Street. McQueen calls in to the store in the early 1950's and Van offers him a room in his apartment around the corner from where he works...350 & 283 Bleecker Street are not around the corner whilst 63 7th Avenue would!!

The following paragraph in the article suggests the apartment was not 283 Bleecker Street!!

Dexter fell in love with rare and unique toys after a 1960 tour had him travelling to cities all over America. He became an avid collector, and by 1969 his collection had outgrown his small Village apartment. With some nudging from his cramped roommate, Dexter capitalized on the inexpensive rents and vacant space lining much of Bleecker and surrounding Village streets. Rent was cheap ($150 for the storefront!), so passion projects like Dexter’s toy shop could flourish in the eccentric and eclectic neighborhood.



(Photo - Steven Otero)

Whelan' Drug Store on the corner of W8Street is now Liguiteria (1996)...

396 6th Avenue


(Nedicks is now a store which is opposite Whelan's Drug Store)

Sheridan Square was near Louis Tavern where McQueen grabbed a 'free' meal on several occasions...

Steve McQueen visited 70, Grove Street where PANDORA BOX coffee house was located -

Reference 1 -


Reference 2 - click on the image below:


Photo: Rienzi coffee house (1952-1965), 107, MacDougal St., Greenwich Village, ca. 1950-1958


I lived at 11 Cornelia  Street. There was a gate that led to a building in the rear of the building on the street. I lived on the top floor of the building in back. Two flats on each floor. Mine was the one on the south side. All very small.

Directly across Cornelia street at that time was a small store front building which was usually a produce store. Then empty. I took it over and created an office for Competition Press, a racing newspaper that i was putting out at the time. After i sold it to Road & Track it travelled to California, then Nevada and later Detroit. It is now AutoWeek.

Steve was often at my office.

It no longer is there. The large building it was in had an entrance on 6th avenue around the corner. However sometime after I moved to Vermont  the owners of that apartment building remodelled and turned what had been my office into the entry of their building. Once on 6th ave, now on Cornelia.

Joes was on West 4th street one block toward Sheridan Square on the corner. The southeast corner. Don't know the address or what is there now. I met Steve in front of the luncheonette where he had his MG-TC parked and was showing someone a Herbert Johnson crash helmet friends had just sent to him from England. His TC was cream coloured. I had a red one at the time.

Steve was, in the next couple of weeks or months, set to go to LA to become Josh Randall on TV. His career was about to blossom into stardom.

Much of the rest of the story was in the piece I wrote for AutoWeek after Steve died.

Hope this helps.


(W.H.Auden lived at 7, Cornelia Street {1945-1953})
This "skip" is where McQueen would park his cream-coloured MG-TC car.


Steve McQueen met Neile, his future wife, in Upper Manhattan (W57th Street) and decided to move into her apartment at number 37 W57th Street):

This receipt signed when in Hollywood shows where the McQueen's lived in New York - bottom left hand corner and second line from the bottom clearly reads: 37 W57th Street - which was Neile's apartment which they kept..


Steve McQueen would leave the apartment and turn the corner and play baseball with friends in Central Park...

The McQueen's lived at number 37 W57th Street- which has been demolished and replaced with a modern building. Interestingly, number 35 still stands today and is a reminder to what number 37 would have looked like back in the 1950's....very much, a jewel in the crown!!

Carnegie Hall 881, 7th Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park...Neile Adams danced here when living in 37 W57Street...

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