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

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.”

Blurbers included Tim Gunn, Ad-Rock, Kathleen Hanna, Karen Abbott, Jami Attenberg, Lili Taylor, and Colin Quinn, who said, “I love this funny, sad, amazing book. … St. Marks Place is the most interesting street in the world, because it doesn’t try to be. It’s abnormal and impossible and ugly and sexy and annoying and inspiring. And the story was written by a St. Marks child, which is probably the only way it could’ve been told.”

St. Marks Is Dead Updates

St. Marks Is Dead on PBS Author Imprint
Largehearted Boy: St. Marks Is Dead Playlist The End of St. Mark’s Bookshop
NYTBR Calls St. Marks Is Dead ‘An Ecstatic Roll Call’
KUT Interview about St. Marks Is Dead
Wall Street Journal: St. Marks Is Dead ‘Delightful’
Billboard: Punk’s Main Drag
Washington City Paper: Preview of Reading with Preston Lauterbach
Metro: What’s Next for St. Marks Place?
Municipal Arts Society Podcast: 400 Years of NY History in 30 Minutes
The 100 Books Every New Yorker Should Read
St. Marks Is Dead an Amazon Best Book of November
NY Post: 10 Craziest Stories About St. Marks Place
Austin St. Marks Is Dead Book Party Recap
Kirkus Feature about St. Marks Is Dead
Vulture: 7 Books You Need to Read This November
NY Mag Approval Matrix: St. Marks Is Dead ‘Canny History’
The Atlantic: St. Marks Is Dead ‘Timely, Provocative’
St. Marks Is Dead Acknowledgments
NY Times Op-Ed: My City Was Gone. (Or Was It?) The Many Lives of St. Marks Place
Bedford + Bowery: The 13 People You Meet on St. Marks Place
Details November Issue: The Gospel of St. Marks
St. Marks Is Dead on the Cover of the Village Voice
The Guardian: St. Marks Place—Is This America’s Coolest Street?
Best Book About New York – Nonfiction 2015 – Village Voice Best of NYC
O Magazine: The Joys of Using a Fake Name
St. Marks Is Dead is “captivating, multidimensional” – Publishers Weekly
Starred Kirkus Review for St. Marks Is Dead
St. Marks Is Dead Book Party: November 2, 2015
NYCgo: East Village Video
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There are 70 images in the book, most never before published. Here are a few of them:

St Marks Map