Fodor's Expert Review St. Marks Place

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The longtime hub of the edgy East Village, St. Marks Place is the name given to idiosyncratic East 8th Street between 3rd Avenue and Avenue A. During the 1950s, beatniks Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac lived in the area; the 1960s brought Bill Graham's Fillmore East (at 105 2nd Avenue), and Andy Warhol's Dom and the Electric Circus nightclub (at Nos. 19–25). The shaved-head punk scene followed, and there's still a chance of seeing some pierced rockers and teenage Goths. Farther down, at No. 33, is where the punk store Manic Panic first foisted its lurid hair dyes on the world. At No. 57 stood the short-lived Club 57, which attracted such 1980s stalwarts as Keith Haring and Ann Magnuson.

These days, there's not much cutting edge left. Some of the grungy facades lead to luxury condos, and the area has become a Little Japan, with several ramen and dumpling shops. The block between 2nd and 3rd Avenues can feel like a shopping arcade, crammed with body-piercing and tattoo salons,... READ MORE

The longtime hub of the edgy East Village, St. Marks Place is the name given to idiosyncratic East 8th Street between 3rd Avenue and Avenue A. During the 1950s, beatniks Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac lived in the area; the 1960s brought Bill Graham's Fillmore East (at 105 2nd Avenue), and Andy Warhol's Dom and the Electric Circus nightclub (at Nos. 19–25). The shaved-head punk scene followed, and there's still a chance of seeing some pierced rockers and teenage Goths. Farther down, at No. 33, is where the punk store Manic Panic first foisted its lurid hair dyes on the world. At No. 57 stood the short-lived Club 57, which attracted such 1980s stalwarts as Keith Haring and Ann Magnuson.

These days, there's not much cutting edge left. Some of the grungy facades lead to luxury condos, and the area has become a Little Japan, with several ramen and dumpling shops. The block between 2nd and 3rd Avenues can feel like a shopping arcade, crammed with body-piercing and tattoo salons, and stores selling cheap jewelry and wacky T-shirts. The cafés and bars from here over to Avenue A attract customers late into the night—thanks partly to lower drink prices.

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8th St. between 3rd Ave. and Ave. A
New York, New York  10003-8099, USA

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