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

A provocative city history.

Ada Calhoun, who grew up on St. Marks Place, interviewed 250 past and present East Villagers for this surprising New York City history, one of the best nonfiction books of 2015 according to Kirkus, The Boston Globe, and the Village Voice.

Organizing the street’s centuries-long history around the moments when people have declared “St. Marks is dead,” this vibrant, idiosyncratic work—which in 2015 the Village Voice named the best nonfiction book about New York—offers what The Atlantic calls a “timely, provocative, and stylishly written” new take on urban nostalgia.

The St. Marks Book Launch, November 2015.

The St. Marks Is Dead book party at Cooper Union drew hundreds of East Villagers from all eras, and featured a killer band. The St. Marks Zeroes—a one-night-only band including Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, Kathleen Hanna, Champagne Jerry, Bridget Everett, and Carmine Covelli—played covers of downtown classics by groups like the Ramones and The New York Dolls. Read all about it and see a photo gallery here. And watch the highlight video by Jose Tapia.

St. Marks Is Dead Updates

NYM: St. Marks Place Vintage for The Cut
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
St. Marks Is Dead Book Party at Cooper Union 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