St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street

Ada Calhoun


a colourful narrative historical past of 3 hallowed new york blocks—the epicenter of yank cool.

St. Marks position in ny urban has spawned numerous inventive and political routine. right here Frank O’Hara caroused, Emma Goldman plotted, and the Velvet Underground wailed. yet each new release of miscreant denizens believes that their period, and no different, marked the street’s apex. This idiosyncratic paintings of reportage tells the numerous layered historical past of the street—from its beginnings as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear orchard to today’s hipster playground—organized round these pivotal moments whilst critics declared “St. Marks is dead.”

In a story enriched by way of 1000's of interviews and dozens of infrequent photos, St. Marks local Ada Calhoun profiles iconic characters from W. H. Auden to Abbie Hoffman, from Keith Haring to the Beastie Boys, between many others. She argues that St. Marks has variously been an elite tackle, an immigrants’ haven, a mafia warzone, a hippie paradise, and a backdrop to the movie Kids—but it has consistently been a spot that outsiders name domestic.

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