St. Mark's Place

Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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You Have Until Saturday to See ‘The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini’

Posted November 5, 2018 at 5:09 am

You had us at Houdini. Throw in a séance, a water tank, and a disputed death, and we were completely hooked. We were already longtime fans of artist, writer and producer Cynthia von Buhler’s work (The Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning, The Brothers Booth, The Illuminati Ball), so when we heard that her latest immersive […]

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Feltman’s Hot Dogs Outgrows its Space at Theatre 80, Leaves St. Mark’s

Posted October 2, 2018 at 5:09 am

The Feltman’s hot dog stand on St. Mark’s Place closed down yesterday, a victim of its own success. Owner Michael Quinn, who revived the Coney Island classic two years ago, announced last Friday that the kiosk has “outgrown” the space at Theatre 80 and is now discontinued. When asked about a stand-alone brick-and-mortar in the […]

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Stickball on St. Mark’s [PHOTOS]

Posted July 13, 2018 at 5:06 am

During halftime of the Russia-Croatia World Cup Match last Saturday afternoon, a crew of East Villagers took over St. Mark’s (at Avenue A) for a game of stickball. Bases drawn, pitches thrown, and traffic interrupted. And, like a scene plucked from Wayne’s World, exclamations of “car” and “game on” were myriad. They certainly enjoyed the […]

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Listen to the Sound of the City, Circa 1929 [VIDEO]

Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:07 am

It’s rather common to see old black-and-white photos and footage of New York City from the early 20th Century. The quality of this old media tends to convey a nostalgic quaintness about a time vastly different from the present. So much so, that it seems crazy to think that life happened in color during these […]

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Downtown Comes Uptown: Visiting the ‘Club 57’ Exhibit at MoMA

Last modified November 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

The East Village of the late ’70s and early ’80s never ceases to fascinate. Maybe it’s because that was the era when downtown New York really felt like a separate city, filled with struggling artists and performers who were more interested in making their art than in getting famous. It was a time when people […]

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Reader Report: Man Found Dead in Front of St. Mark’s Church [PHOTOS]

Last modified September 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Moments ago, a reader sent along photos of a man who allegedly died of a drug overdose in broad daylight outside of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. He was described by a witness as a white male who had “turned blue.” It was his color that prompted the initial call to 911. First responders […]

St. Marks Is Dead: Upcoming Events

Posted December 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

Anarchists. Beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Revolutionaries. Our kind of people. Those who made it to New York City, most likely logged many hours on St. Marks Place. One of our favorite new books, St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, traces three blocks through more than three hundred years. Starting with the […]

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Report: Patti Smith to Headline East Village Relief Benefit at Theatre 80

Posted April 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

Patti Smith has been chosen to headline the benefit at Theatre 80 this Sunday for victims of the East Village explosion, according to EV Grieve. An apt choice, given the artist’s deep connection to the neighborhood. Spearheaded by author Alan Kaufman, and long-time East Village resident and visual artist Jim Storm, the fundraising event will feature a host of performers […]

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Resurrected Holiday Cocktail Lounge Reopens Tonight on St. Mark’s Place

Posted March 9, 2015 at 5:10 am

The holiday season has been resurrected, and Madonna is probably stoked. During the final days of the Holiday Cocktail Lounge in 2012, the narrative was as follows. Owner of snack brand Pirate’s Booty purchased the building at 75 St. Mark’s Place, closed the bar, and planned some sort of replacement. Then sat on it for […]

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