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THE WILD EAST: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE EAST VILLAGE

A decade has elapsed since the Gallery Guide dropped the East Village—map and all—from its monthly listings of New York art destinations. While the ’80s saw the opening (and closing) of some 170 neighborhood galleries, it is this sobering demise, as much as the magnitude and notoriety of the “third art district,” that seems remarkable from the vantage of ten-plus years. For chief scene spokesman CARLO McCORMICK, whose reflection on his coming of age, “Boy in the Hood,” opens the following special section, the East Village of the ’80s feels like “a lifetime ago”—but also like yesterday. In the pages that follow, twelve other writers and artists join McCormick in revisiting the moment.

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