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

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

by Ada Calhoun

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

A vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocks—the epicenter of American cool.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393240382
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ada Calhoun has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, and the New York Post. Her book St. Marks Is Dead was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year.

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