New York Places
"...New York on Sunday, big city
taking a nap.
Slow down it's Sunday. Life's a ball let it fall in your lap ..."
- Bellevue Hospital:
was born May 14, 1936 at 5:28 in the morning.
- 125th Street and Second Avenue, Harlem: First home.
- 2037 First Avenue, at about 105th Street, East Harlem. Map
(Source - 1940 Census. Thanks to Gary Weiss for this information.)
- 60 Baruch Drive: He grew up here, on the lower East Side by the FDR Drive.
- P.S. 43 on Brown Place: In the fall of 1943,
Bobby was enrolled. By the end of the first grade, he was advanced to the third grade.
- 629 East 135th Street, Apartment 2-W Bronx: Lived here in 1954.
- Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft 14, Wall Street: Founded during the presidency of George Washington (1792), it
is one of the nation's oldest law firms. Bobby was employed there at one time.
- The Bronx High School of
Science 75 West 205th Street, Bronx:
- Sunnylands: Bobby worked the summers at this hotel in Parksville. Map
- Liberty: In 1951 Bobby attended summer school during the day and hitched a ride to Parksville each day.
- Hunter College,
Manhattan's Upper East
Side: Bobby enrolled as a theater major.
- Hanson's Drugstore, 51st and 7th Avenue:
A spot for Bobby and his friends to meet. He met Harriet Wasser
here. Hanson's is now an art shop.
- Club 78, Broadway and 78th Street: 1954. A popular hangout for unemployed musicans who gathered to play --
- 217 West 71st Street: His first apartment. Map
- Apollo Theater 253 West 125th Street, Harlem: In 1957,
Bobby played the Apollo as part of Alan Freed's Rock 'n' Roll Revue.
- 1697 Broadway: CBS Studio 50 where Bobby appeared on The
Dorsey Brothers Stage Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.
- China Song Restaurant: A restaurant located right next to the
Sullivan Theatre where David Letterman's show was taped. One of Bobby's favorite restaurants, the
owner's name was Sam ... he was an American.
(Thanks a million, Hesh, for this information!)
- Patsy's Italian Restaurant, 236 West 56th Street: Another favorite spot for Bobby.
- Cisda, Grean & Burton,101 West 55th Street: Bobby's managers in 1958 for 10 months.
- Ben Maksik's Town & Country, Brooklyn:
First major nightclub appearance in December 1958.
- 1440 Broadway: He hung around the Joe Franklin show at the old WOR-TV studios.
- 1175 York Avenue, Penthouse B-5: He lived in this apartment. Map
- 1650 Broadway: A legendary music building of the '50s, home to hundreds of tiny labels. Like thousands of
others, Bobby hung out here, too.
- Atlantic Records, 234 West 56th Street: Atlantic is
the place where
Bobby put himself on the map with "Splish Splash."
- Copacabana, 10 East 60th Street: Anyone who thought "Mack the Knife" was a fluke didn't see his run at the
Copa in June 1960.
Not an empty seat in the house.
- Copacabana, 560 West 34th Street:
Bobby also appeared here on March 29, 1967.
(Thanks to Shiying for the poster.)
- Washington Avenue Armory, 195 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York:
Bobby performed here in June of
(Thank you, Shiying, for sharing the photo of the tickets.)
- Freedomland, Bronx: He
performed here on July 23, 1963, in a pouring rain.
Co-op City was built on land that had been owned by the Freedomland Amusement Park, in the late 1960s, as
a project encouraged by New York State's Mitchell-Lama bill, designed to keep a middle class, and its tax
revenues, in New York City, rather than fleeing to the suburbs. Freedomland actually occupied primarily what
is now the Bay Plaza.
- East 55th Street and 6th Avenue: First office for Trinity Music (T.M.). Map
- Brill Building, 1619 Broadway:
In 1963 he opened T.M., a music writing and publishing company. It did well,
with hits like "The Shoop Shoop Song," but when the Beatles came along,
the songwriting system collapsed.
- Harwyn Club, 112 East 52nd Street: Celebrity hangout of the early 1960s.
Bobby would drop in and play piano.
- Three Rivers Inn, Route 57:
A nightclub and hotel owned by Dom Bruno in upstate Syracuse NY where Bobby
appeared in 1963.
Park New York City: Bobby performed a concert here in August 1972.
(Thank you, Joy Cash, for sharing your souvenir program.)
- The Bronx Walk of Fame - (Bobby's sign):
It begins at 161st Street & Grand Concourse and runs south. His sign is currently on 161st Street. Map
- Museum of TV and Radio: 25 West 52nd Street. Many of Bobby's
television appearances are available for viewing, as well as a number of his NBC televison shows.
Founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, and renamed The
Paley Center for Media on June 5, 2007.
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