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

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

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A vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocksa€”the epicenter of American cool. St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements. Here Frank Oa€™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 streeta€™s apex. This idiosyncratic work of reportage tells the many layered history of the streeta€”from its beginnings as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesanta€™s pear orchard to todaya€™s hipster playgrounda€”organized around those pivotal moments when critics declared a€œSt. Marks is dead.a€ 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 immigrantsa€™ haven, a mafia warzone, a hippie paradise, and a backdrop to the film Kidsa€”but it has always been a place that outsiders call home.At the height of the Prohibition era: All quotes in this section are from an interview with Lorcan Otway by the author, July 12, 2012. The Italian ... Available online at ... St. Marka#39;s Towers: Anthony Alofsin, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910a€“ 1922: A Study in Influence (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), p.

Title:St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street
Author: Ada Calhoun
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2015-11-02

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