06/26/2012 09:14 am ET Updated Aug 26, 2012

Waverly Inn Fire Destroys Part Of Famous Mural

GREENWICH VILLAGE — A piece of artist Edward Sorel's famous mural inside the Waverly Inn has been damaged after a fire broke out in the basement of the A-list restaurant's basement.

The artwork, painted in 2007 — a year after Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter opened the restaurant at 16 Bank St. — features 40 Greenwich Village legends from the past 150 years in a hedonistic frenzy, from beat poet Allen Ginsberg and abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock to erotic novelist Anais Nin and birth control advocate Margaret Sanger.