6. The Literary World (109 Wall Street)

Piers at end of Wall Street-NYC-Vintage PhotographPiers at the end of Wall Street, not far from 109 Wall Street. Photo via Library of Congress

This publication was once one of Herman Melville’s strongest literary supporters, defending his work by praising him as part of “a clique of literary nationalists.” Although a trace of condescension underlies their insistence that “Mr. Melville is a sailor, and he talks, acts and writes like a sailor,” Melville had remained close friends with editor Duyckink even after the editor had publicly criticized his later, more difficult works. In addition to taking up Typee as publisher’s editor, Duyckink also allowed Melville to write a famous, anonymous essay praising the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

7. Fictional Church of the Apostles from Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (82 Nassau)

Though there is no actual church to be seen at 82 Nassau, Melville did re-imagine this address as the location for Pierre‘s fictional Church of the Apostles. Five buildings down from Fulton Street and on the right of Nassau, this church was supposedly desecrated in 1848 to make way for commercial spaces including law offices and vacant living chambers for “painters, poets, and fugitive French Politicians.” This quasi-autobiographical story describes Pierre as having occupied one of the rooms in this church to work on a book.