Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Remembering the East Village of the late 1970s

In the Voice today, Lynn Yaeger recalls moving to her first apartment in the East Village on East Ninth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue. (Rent: $135.)

Lots of people think that those days — the late 1970s and early 1980s —were really the best days of New York, and it's true that the city — despite (or maybe because of) the legendary graffiti, the burgeoning art scene, the clattery punk bands, and a general climate, especially in my neighborhood, of weirdness and unease — did have an undeniable louche, gritty glamour.

1 comment:

Joe B said...

HI Im looking for anyone who can remember a commune posing as a home for homeless people in the early 1970s in the East Village. I know that the "steward" of the group (they called themselves The Orphanage) was called Brad. He used to pose as a reverend to get free food/resources.
Im doing research into the group and would be grateful if people could gt in touch (by leaving comments) if they remember/know anything about this group. Thank you - Joe