Monday, November 30

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

"... St. Marks bohemians—those who were Beats in the fifties, hippies in the sixties, punks in the seventies, or anarchists in the eighties—often say that the East Village is dead now, with only the time of death a matter of debate. New Yorkers are street-proud, and every neighborhood invites its share of good-old-days lamenting. But just as St. Marks Place has long been an amplified corner of the city—louder, drunker, more garish than its neighbors—today it seems to evoke a more intense nostalgia. Of course, the sentimentalists are right: I did miss a lot. My parents have lived in their top-floor walk-up on St. Marks Place since 1973. By the time I was born, in 1976, many of the street’s most defining eras had passed. Gone were the days of Thelonious Monk playing the Five Spot jazz club, Andy Warhol hosting the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, and the New York Dolls ambling down the street in hot pants. ..."
New Yorker: The Many Lives of St. Marks Place
Ada Calhoun - St. Marks Is Dead
Guardian - St Marks Place: is this America's coolest street?
Atlantic: St. Marks Is Dead and the Complexity of Gentrification
YouTube: St. Marks Is Dead Book Launch Party