Midway between Broadway and Lafayette is a short alley that runs from either side of Bond Street. To the north, it connects to Great Jones Street, where it has kept its name, Great Jones Alley; but to the south it stops short of Bleeker and has long been removed from the DOT’s active thoroughfares. Shinebone Alley, as it was once known, used to connect to the stables that served the fashionable homes on Bleecker and Bond Streets, though now it is used primarily for parking the odd car or two. In the early 19th Century, when Bond Street was laid into the grid, the area was one of the best residential neighborhoods. But, as is often the case in New York, with time the residents moved out as the commercial activities on Broadway expanded.