Tin Pan Alley—West 28th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues—was the songwriting capital of the turn of the last century. Sheet music publisher M. Witmark & Sons had their offices there, putting out some of the most popular songs of the era, including this 1903 classic from Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland.”
The song is great, sure, but the cover art alone is worth the price of the music.
Perlman Pianos (lower left corner) in Brooklyn sold the sheet music. DEwey 9-2525!
Many of the buildings on Tin Pan Alley are up for sale, which means they could meet the wrecking ball soon. Here’s how to help save them and get the block landmarked.