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I have come to realize that in the 70s we sought refuge in the East Village not to escape famine violence or economic misfortune, but the repression of America’s White Majority. We were welcomed by the poor, befriended by drug dealers, and found solace in the warmth of exile in a neighborhood burning building by […]

CHINESE ROCKS – Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers

Nothing says 1970s Lower East Side better than Johnny Thunders performing the classic CHINESE ROCKS. “I’M LIVING ON CHINESE ROCKS. ALL MY BEST THINGS ARE IN HOCK.” He was a legend on the Lower East Side. “I take smack because I enjoy it. I enjoy all it makes me feel. I don’t do it to […]

Hopper’s Delancey Street

So little left of the Lower East Side. Hopper’s View from the Williamsburg Bridge.

The William Burroughs Museum

Yesterday lame-duck mayor proposed plans for the long barren tract south of Delancey Street. Bloomberg envisioned over 1000 multi-class housing units, office space, a refurnished Essex Market, a cineplex, and New York City’s very own Andy Warhol Museum. The tenements along the broad thoroughfare to the Williamsburg Bridge had been demolished by city planners in […]