Location: St. Marks Pl.

September 22, 2006


This flyer was posted outside my building. According to New York Songlines, St. Marks Place, particularly the block where I live (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.) has a rich history, including my own building where Abbie Hoffman lived in 1967-68 in a basement apartment and cooked up the Yippie movement. Others who have lived on the block include Lenny Bruce and Deee-Lite band members. Across the street was the Electric Circus that featured Andy Warhol and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the Velvet Underground, etc. Yoko Ono held “happenings” in the space that is now Trash and Vaudeville. I know St. Marks has made cameo appearances in several novels and films, but I’m unaware of any films based on the street itself. Recreating 1979 actually shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s a little cleaner, a whole lot safer (so I’m told) and there are some new restaurants, but there’s plenty of old school that still exists, like Trash and Vaudeville, Grassroots Tavern, the Sock Man, DoJos, Gem Spa, and the ubiquitous tattoo and body-piercing joints — not to mention regulars doing the heroin nod on the street, usually in front of what was a “deli” that sold crack pipes as recently as six months ago. P.S. The last picture in the flickr series at right was taken on St. Marks Pl. over the summer, and there’s a whole slide show under Photo Essays at the top.