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


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Ada Calhoun was the founding editor-in-chief of the award-winning parenting site She is the co-author of Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making it Work, and has written for The New York Times, New York magazine, the New York Post, and Time magazine. She lives in New York City with her husband and young son.


What an entertaining and exhilarating read. Deeply researched and thought-provoking, this book is a joyride through the history of New York.--Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
A timely, provocative, and stylishly written book.--John McMillian
Highbrow / Brilliant.
Fascinating...through exhaustive research and vivid storytelling, Calhoun recounts the happenings and personalities that dotted both the literal and metaphorical landscape of the iconic East Village Street.--Jay Ruttenberg
A rich, gorgeously woven tapestry of capitalism, anarchy, riots, organized crime, literary feuds, con artists, hippies, hipsters, beatniks, deadbeats, punks, revolutionaries, drag queens, chaos, and thrilling, only-in-New York adventure. With a reporter's eye for detail and a poet's flair for language, Ada Calhoun has crafted a lush love letter to America's most fascinating street.--Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City
The New York Dolls, the Ramones, the Velvet Underground, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and a million other bands (including mine) spent time on St. Marks Place. Ada Calhoun's wonderful book tells punk's story in a totally new and exciting way. Plus, it has more sex-per-page than any cultural history I've ever read.--Kathleen Hanna
As a teenager I skateboarded, wrote music, and drank malt liquor on St. Marks Place. After the early '80s, I thought the street was dead. But in this terrific book Ada Calhoun proves that every generation had its moment.--Adam Horovitz
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.--Colin Quinn
Roll up. Roll up for the St. Marks Place tour! Ada Calhoun will take you on a hilarious and poignant ride through the history of one of the world's most storied streets. At once an archaeologist, detective, and charismatic tour guide, Ada unearths the hidden historical gems that give the street its richness and depth.--Lili Taylor