A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 22, 2006
Shoe District

Around 1900, the “shoe district” was on Duane Street, near West Broadway. Major shoe companies such as Endicott-Johnson were located there.

Recently, the area of West 8th Street near Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village has been called a “shoe district” because of the shoe stores around there. However, New York has many shoe stores all over the city.

“Shoe District” has never been listed on maps of the city.

All NY
Shoe District - 8th St. In the Village, Between 6th Ave. & 2nd. Ave.
Plus the entire island of manhattan has 100’s of shoe stores on every block. Lots of shoes....Maybe to many !!! 

New York Magazine
My stylist, Billy, taught me things, like that West 8th Street is the unofficial shoe district of New York. That’s where I got these boots.
October 2, 2006 issue of New York Magazine

Benjamin James Real Estate
Places to Shop:
West 8th Street Shoe District,

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Oh, just remembered: That “shoe district” stretch of W. 8th Street bet. 6th and 7th Aves. has, or had last year, a few shoe stores that have a decent selection of boots. But not what I’d call swanky and most likely not custom.
posted by scratch at 7:03 AM PST on March 22, 2006.

16 August 1912, New York Times, pg. 11:
Momentary quiet prevails in the Duane Street shoe district.

18 September 1927, New York , pg. RE1:

Endicott-Johnson Corporation Will
Occupy New Thomas St.
Building Jan. 1.

The New York shoe distributing district, which for nearly half a century has centered at Duane and Hudson Streets, will be widened by the relocation of the Endicott-Johnson Corporation in the seven-story and basement building at the northeast corner of Thomas Street and West Broadway.

15 November 1947, New York Times, pg. 25:
A. S. Beck Sells Building
In the Shoe District

The five-story Diamond Building at 137-41 Duane Street, running through to 62-66 Thomas Street, together with the adjoining six-story structure at 60 Thomas Street, were sold by the A. S. Beck Corporation, national shoe concern, to an investing client of David Rapoport, attorney. (...) The buildings, which are in the heart of the downtown shoe district, contain 90,00 square feet of floor space and have been occupied by A. S. Beck since their purchase on 1926 from the United States Rubber Company.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Wednesday, November 22, 2006 • Permalink