‘Beat Memories’ in the Park

“Jack Kerouac wandering along East 7th Street after visiting Burroughs at our pad, passing statue of Congressman Samuel “Sunset” Cox, “The Letter-Carrier’s Friend” in Tompkins Square toward corner of Avenue A, Lower East Side; he’s making a Dostoyevsky mad-face or Russian basso be-bop Om, first walking around the neighborhood, then involved with The Subterraneans, pencils & notebook in wool shirt-pockets, Fall 1953, Manhattan.”

This photograph taken by Allen Ginsberg in 1953 is part of the exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Many of the photos were taken in and around Tompkins Square Park and the East Village abodes of Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other Beat luminaries.

-James

Tompkins Square Park

A photo collection about the 1988 Tompkins Square riots was released by Powerhouse books last month. Photographer Q. Sakamaki shot these stunning images in and amongst the homeless population that was evicted from the park by NYC police in a series of violent confrontations.