Commerce & Culture
Though NoMad as a distinct neighborhood has (relatively speaking) been a recent development, the area above Madison Square Park has long been integral to the city’s fabric. The nation’s first Kinetoscope Parlor (a primitive movie theater) was on the corner of Broadway and 27th. A team responsible for developing the modern rules of baseball played on an empty lot at 27th and Lexington. Tin Pan Alley, home to the top music publishers and songwriters of the early 20th century, was on 28th between Fifth and Sixth. Presently, down near where Gilded Age moguls once socialized, there are many upscale drinking and dining options, from food markets to Michelin-starred restaurants. If you’re feeling particularly bold (as it is basically the drink-ordering equivalent of wearing a band’s t-shirt to that band’s concert), get yourself a Manhattan cocktail: the drink was created in a NoMad social club in the 1870s.