A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 18, 2010
Poet’s Building (437 East 12th Street)

Poets Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) and Peter Orlovsky (1933-2010) lived at 437 East 12th Street in Manhattan. Ginsberg lived in what came to be called “The Poet’s Building” from 1975-1997.


Wikipedia: Allen Ginsberg
Irwin Allen Ginsberg (pronounced /ˈɡɪnzbərɡ/; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet who vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression. In the 1950s, Ginsberg was a leading figure of the Beat Generation, an anarchic group of young men and women who combined poetry, song, sex, wine and illicit drugs with passionate political ideas that championed personal freedoms. Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl, in which he celebrates his fellow “angelheaded hipsters” and excoriates what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States, is one of the classic poems of the Beat Generation.

Wikipedia: Peter Orlovsky
Peter Anton Orlovsky (July 8, 1933 – May 30, 2010) was an American poet best known for his lifelong openly gay relationship with Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg.

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Posted 6/28/2009 7:24pm by Eugene Wyatt.
In 1983, while living on Avenue A at 12th Street, right around the corner from a 5 floor walk-up that was called “The Poet’s Building” because, among other poets, Allen Ginsburg & Peter Orlovsky lived there, I hung out at Saint Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery where The Poetry Project had readings on Monday & Wednesday nights; other nights of the week I might be found at the bar of Paul’s Lounge, 3rd Ave & 10th St, watching the Yankees on projection TV and listening to the jukebox.

The Real Deal
Beat poet Ginsberg’s EV rental hits the market
September 14, 2010 01:00PM
By Candace Taylor
It’s not too late to rent the East Village apartment where the late beat poet Allen Ginsberg once slept.

An apartment once occupied by the “Howl” author, at 437 East 12th Street, is hitting the market next week, asking $1,875 per month, according to the listing broker, City Connection Realty’s Dmitry Daniel Kramp.

Ginsberg lived at the property, nicknamed “The Poet’s Building,” from 1975 until shortly before his death in 1997, according to Peter Hale of the Allen Ginsberg Estate. He occupied three rent-controlled apartments in the building, located between First Avenue and Avenue A. Two of them, units #22 and #23, were combined into one large space that served as Ginsberg’s living quarters and office, Hale said. Meanwhile, #24 was occupied by Ginsberg’s lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky, and other guests. 

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