Ada Calhoun

Johanna Lawshea

Journalist Ada Calhoun has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the Patterson, Croly, and USC-Annenberg. She has also written popular essays, including several for the New York Times. In a narrative enriched by hundreds of interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun presents a vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocks―the epicenter of American cool—in St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (W.W. Norton). Calhoun reveals that St. Marks has variously been an elite address, an immigrants’ haven, a mafia warzone, a hippie paradise, and a backdrop to the film Kids―but it has always been a place that outsiders call home.