St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street is an interesting new book coming this November from acclaimed author Ada Calhoun that describes just how the East Village’s famous St. Marks Place has changed over the years.
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.”
St. Marks is Dead is available for preorder on Amazon.