Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Christodora House in print now, and soon, on TV

You may have read about "Christodora: A Novel," which Grove Atlantic published last Tuesday.

First, here's the official summary of the book via Grove Atlantic:

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and the attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, to a future New York City of the 2020s where subzero winters are a thing of the past, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.

The author, Tim Murphy, has reported on HIV/AIDS for 20 years for publications including Poz, Out, Advocate and New York magazine. (He also writes for The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler.)

Meanwhile, last week, Deadline reported that Paramount TV has already optioned the book for a short-run series. Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, who have the family drama "Little Men" playing now at the IFC Center, are adapting "Christodora."

The Christodora House at 143 Avenue B between Ninth Street and 10th Street was built in 1928. And here's more history via an article in the Times from 1988:

In the 1960's, according to a search of historical records conducted by the building's developer, the city rented Christadora House to a variety of community groups, including the Black Panthers. But it was eventually boarded up, and then sold at auction in 1978 to a private bidder for $63,000.

The building changed hands several times before it was purchased in 1984 by a group headed by Samuel Glasser, who oversaw its conversion into 85 modern condominium apartments, using a $6.5 million loan from Citibank and tax abatements and exemptions under the Government's J-51 tax program.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Hanging out at the Christodora House in 1929


Anonymous said...

I don't like when writers, movie producers etc... fictionalize a painful period in our recent history for entertainment purposes. A documentary I respect but not a drama which takes advantage of an epidemic(s) to sell books.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:33, compelling fiction exposes readers to worlds they may never have known or could know. It teaches emotion, empathy, how to deal with tragedy, joy, and everything in between.

Anonymous said...

@6:37 PM
Fiction is just that fiction not truth but based upon but removed from the actual. Fiction also is designed to exploit your empathy for personal gain not to be part of a bigger solution. This is why I don't see dramas based on horrible events such as the Holocaust although I have seen several documentaries about that darkest human tragedy. But to each his/her own.

Anonymous said...

This sounds cool. I lived there for a while in the mid- to late-80s. I'll have to see if The Strand has this book.