St. Marks Is Dead

St. Marks Is Dead

The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street

Book - 2016 | First Edition.
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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."
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2016]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780393240382
Characteristics: xvii, 414 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Saint Marks is dead
Summary: 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."

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Earlgrey454
Nov 10, 2017

A well-written history of St. Marks Place in NYC from a writer who actually grew up on the street. While she begins the story way back in Dutch New York, most of the book focuses on post-1950. Lots of fascinating details and interviews with people of all backgrounds who have had connections with the street. And yes, there is plenty of material to fill an entire book with the story of one single street!

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