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Ear Inn Virons

James Brown House and West Soho Neighborhood

Dwarfed by industrial buildings and new residential towers, the little brick and wood-frame James Brown House is the spiritual hub of Manhattan's West Soho neighborhood. The building's present incarnation as home of the popular Ear Inn watering hole is only the latest in a long and fascinating history. Ear Inn Virons traces the heritage and legends of this New York City landmark; through this tale, it also chronicles the history and culture of the vibrant West Soho neighborhood. When the house was built in 1817, the district was being transformed from swamp and sandy hills into a residential neighborhood. Its first owner was James Brown, according to legend an ex-slave who fought in the Revolutionary Army. Over the decades, the house's fortunes have followed the rise and fall of the neighborhood, from middle class homes to bustling waterfront to near-abandonment. In the 1970s, the area was almost a ghost town when a group of struggling artists stumbled on the building and transformed its bar, then a seedy waterfront dive, into the Ear Inn. Now West Soho has been rediscovered by developers and high-tech firms, and the neighborhood is changing almost beyond recognition.


“...the quintessential small landmark of enormous significance.....” - American Institute of Architecture


+ Beautifully illustrated with maps and period illustrations, Ear Inn Virons is the definitive history of the James Brown House and West Soho neighborhood

+ Text peppered with colorful tales of riot, gangsters, Irish bartenders, the daily life of longshoremen and, a ghost named Mickey

+ 80 photos, many in color

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Ear Inn Virons - History of the New York City Landmark - James Brown House and West Soho Neighborhood


Andrew Coe - Author


Publication Date : December 2002
Category : HISTORY/New York
Hardback ISBN 10 : 962-217-718-2
Hardback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-718-5
Edition : First Edition
Hardback Price : US$ 16.95, GB£ 10.95
Format : 10in x 7in
Pages : 80
Photos : 80
Maps : 3

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