MY CITY BOOK CLUB | St. Marks Is Dead with Ada Calhoun & Luc Sante
Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30 pm

Waxing nostalgic about "the good old days" of St. Marks may be the hallmark of a real New Yorker; according to journalist Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks Is Dead (W.W. Norton, 2015), every generation from 1890 to 1990 has done it. The 3-block East Village strip has undergone several massive transformations throughout its lifetime, evolving from a bucolic Dutch farm to an immigrant enclave to a hippie haven to the epicenter of punk. Today, the identity of St. Marks is in flux once again. Under the shadow of gentrification, many New Yorkers are looking back at its gritty heyday during the tumultuous 1970s and 80s with longing. Join us for a conversation about St. Marks and the cyclical nature of social commentary in New York with Ada Calhoun and Luc Sante, a critic and journalist with a fascination for the urban underground. Hear more about Saint Marks from the Bowery Boys!

Reception and book signing to follow!

This event is co-sponsored by the Barnard History Department, the Bowery BoysCity Lore, Councilwoman Inez E. Dickens, the CSI History Department, the French Institute Alliance Française, the Museum of the American Gangster, the NYU American Studies Program and Untapped Cities


Free for Museum members; $16 general public; $12 for students/seniors.

  • $30: One Ticket + Signed Book (retail $27.95) ($20 for Museum members)
  • $80: One Ticket + Signed Book (retail $27.95) + Individual membership (value $75)

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