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

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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. This idiosyncratic work  offers a bold new perspective on gentrification, urban nostalgia, and  the evolution of a community.  60 illustrations


  • Paperback :  432 pages 
  • Publisher :  W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated Edition (November 8, 2016) 
  • Product Dimensions :  5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches