242 Bradford Street

242 Bradford Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

242 Bradford Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Glenn Milstead, by Paul J. Asher-Best (ca 1977).

Glenn Milstead, by Paul J. Asher-Best (ca 1977).

No one calls lower Bradford Street “Cape Row,” but they could. It’s home to a remarkably cohesive ensemble of Cape houses, at Nos. 228, 230, 252, 258 and 260. The ruddy house at No. 242, a venerable full Cape, was built about 210 years ago. In the late ’60s, Benito Norcisa and his wife, Pamela, moved their Penny Farthing restaurant here, from 237 Bradford. For a time, their tenants included a number of John Waters stars: Glenn Milstead — the luminous and profane Divine; Channing Wilroy; and Cookie Mueller. Milstead even operated a shop here, called Divine Trash.


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