Sullivan Street north from Vesuvio Playground
Here again color accentuates and provides contrast. 103 Sullivan Street (red) and 105 have identical facades, but the vibrant paint jobs give variety and accent to the street. The colorful mural on the south wall of 103 faces Vesuvio Playground, renamed in honor of Vesuvio Bakery, located around the corner on Prince Street. The proprietor of Vesuvio Bakery for many years was a much beloved figure in the South Village, Tony D’Apolito, one of the longest serving Community Board members in New York City and affectionately referred to by many as “the Mayor of Greenwich Village.”
The original intention was to rename the park in Tony’s honor, but due to a city prohibition against naming parks for living persons, the community board opted to name it for his bakery, a neighborhood institution for generations. In 2003, Tony passed away. Undoubtedly, Tony’s memory, and his contributions to the South Village community, will be honored and remembered in this neighborhood.
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