Rue des Petites Écuries
Created in the 18th century, it was home to the royal stables. The designer, Claude Nicolas Ledoux, built a mansion there, later Paul Verlaine, the poet, lived on the street. Today you’ll find the New Morning, a famous jazz club which hosts performances in the former printworks of Le Parisian newspaper.
Crystal from the crystal works nearby was sold in the shops along this street. A reminder lives on in the courtyards of certain buildings there are still rails which were used to pushed the wagons out to the road.
Later, the street was home the head office of the newspaper, Les Echo's, before it moved on.
Formerly called Rue des Enfers (hell road), the opposite of Rue de Paradis (paradise road) nearby. Legend has it that the name comes from the noise of the fights caused by joy and debauchery. Renamed rue Bleue by the Duke of Orleans after the beautiful eyes of the Countess of Buffon...
Rue de Paradis
Crystal, porcelain and earthenware: this road, close to Gare de L’Est station- which made it easy to transport raw materials - is where the main manufacturers were located. The art deco and glazed earthenware facades retain the traces of their former activity.