Gerde's Folk City
11 West 4th Street at the corner of Mercer Street? or
West 3rd Street between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue
Folk venue owned by Mike Porco. It has long since closed, and the photo at left was taken in the 1960s. Everyone on the scene played at Gerde's. Dylan played his first professional gig here on April 11, 1961, supporting John Lee Hooker. His September 26th, 1961 appearance was reviewed in the New York Times by Robert Shelton, after which Dylan's reputation was made.
I've gotten so many contradictory e-mails about the location of Gerde's that I have to consider it "location unknown." Every time I change the location, someone else e-mails me to tell me where it really was. All the e-mails are contradictory and so rather than continously changing the location, I'll just list all the locations that people send to me.
Some people from RMD wrote that the building in this photo was demolished and replaced by a large, unattractive Hebrew Union College building in the 1970s. The HUC building is still there, although it does not have a number.
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