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Tenderloin, West 23rd Street-42nd Street and 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue - Fashion Avenue.
* The Tenderloin popular culture era of the early 20th century is described from a police perspective in Behind the Green Lights, the memoirs of Police Captain Cornelius Willemse.
* Owen Davis set a series of stories for the Police Gazette in in the dance halls and restaurants of the district. They were later collected as Sketches of Gotham (1906) under the pseudonym "Ike Swift"
* The brothels of the Tenderloin, repeatedly raided by Anthony Comstock's vice squad, were the setting for the 1960 musical Tenderloin by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, based on a novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams.

The Tenderloin area was an entertainment and red-light district in the heart of the New York City borough of Manhattan during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Tenderloin area originally ran from 23rd Street to 42nd Street and from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue, but by the turn of the century, it had expanded northward to 57th or 62nd Street and west to Eighth Avenue, encompassing parts of what is now the Flatiron District, NoMad, Chelsea, Clinton, the Garment District and the Theatre District.
Police Captain Andrew S. "Clubber" Williams gave the area its name in 1876, when he was transferred to a police precinct in the heart of the district. Referring to the increased payoffs he would get for police protection of both legitimate and illegimate businesses there, especially the many brothels, Williams said "I've been having chuck steak ever since I've been on the force, and now I'm going to have a bit of tenderloin."