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