77: Once the Bell Telephone/Western Electric Laboratories, this full-block complex created or helped to
develop some of the most important inventions of the 20th Century: the vacuum tube (1912), radar (1919),
sound movies (1923) and the digital computer (1937). One of the first demonstrations of television
transmission occurred here, April 27, 1927. Westbeth was also the original home of the
NBC radio network.
The complex was converted to an artists' colony in 1969; photographer Diane
Arbus committed suicide here, July 28, 1971. Actor Vin Diesel grew up here.
57: Congregation Beth Simchat Torah / Gay Synagogue
55: Merce Cunningham Dance; this dance space,
part of the Westbeth complex, also served as a studio for John Cage, who collaborated with