PATCHIN PLACE (top), a small and quaint alley at Sixth Avenue & 10th Street in Greenwich Village, has been the home to a number of famous people including poet E.E. Cummings, American journalist and socialist John Reed (author of Ten Days that Shook the World and the only American buried at the Kremlin), playwright Eugene O’Neill and novelist Theodore Dreiser (An American Tragedy).  Patchin Place consists of ten small brick houses surrounding a tiny courtyard full of towering ailanthus trees.  The houses here, some of the narrowest in Manhattan, were built originally for waiters who worked at the nearby Brevoort Hotel on Fifth Avenue.   

Just around the corner is MILLIGAN PLACE (bottom) originally owed by Samuel Milligan.  Milligan's daughter, Isobel, would marry Aaron Patchin, a surveyor.