St. Marks Is Dead

St. Marks Is Dead

The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street

Book - 2016
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St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements. Here Frank O'Hara caroused, Emma Goldman plotted, and the Velvet Underground wailed. But every generation of miscreant denizens believes that their era, and no other, marked the street's apex. This idiosyncratic work of reportage tells the many layered history of the street--from its beginnings as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant's pear orchard to today's hipster playground--organized around those pivotal moments when critics declared "St. Marks is dead."In a narrative enriched by hundreds of interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun profiles iconic characters from W. H. Auden to Abbie Hoffman, from Keith Haring to the Beastie Boys, among many others. She argues that St. Marks has variously been an elite address, an immigrants' haven, a mafia warzone, a hippie paradise, and a backdrop to the film Kids--but it has always been a place that outsiders call home.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393240382
Branch Call Number: 974.7 C12818S 2016
Characteristics: xvii, 414 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 10, 2017

A well-written history of St. Marks Place in NYC from a writer who actually grew up on the street. While she begins the story way back in Dutch New York, most of the book focuses on post-1950. Lots of fascinating details and interviews with people of all backgrounds who have had connections with the street. And yes, there is plenty of material to fill an entire book with the story of one single street!


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