Neighbors Petition to Co-Name Part of St. Mark’s Place for Late Punk Icon Jimmy Webb
If neighbors are successful, a section of St. Mark’s Place will be named for the late Jimmy Webb.
There is a grassroots campaign afoot to co-name the corner for the neighborhood stalwart. Webb spent two decades on this block working for Trash & Vaudeville, before departing to create I Need More on Orchard Street.
The “Jimmy Webb Place” petition first surfaced last week, but gained traction after EV Grieve reported. There are now more than 2,500 signatures in support. (To be fair, there was another such petition that began six months ago with 426 signatures.)
To co-name a city street requires the subject to meet a host of stringent criteria (see also Beastie Boys Square) – honorees must be deceased, a minimum of fifteen years community involvement, and extraordinary contribution to the area. Also required are a minimum of 75-percent petition signatures from residents and businesses on the block in question.
Pitches are usually heard by Community Board 3, before a possible recommendation to Department of Transportation.
Jimmy Webb, for his part, had been a fixture of the Lower East Side until his death.
In 1975, he ran away from his upstate home at age 16 with a pillowcase of clothes and no money. He found refuge in the East Village punk scene, and later became one of its most recognizable denizens. Webb eventually fell into heroin addiction for 20 years and lived in Tompkins Square Park, eventually returning upstate.
He got sober, though, and in 1999 wrote a letter to the owner of Trash & Vaudeville on St. Mark’s Place, seeking a job. That stint lasted nearly two decades, in which he became store manager and primary buyer.
He opened I Need More on Orchard Street in 2017.