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TIMELINE OF THE EAST VILLAGE 1979–1989: A CHRONOLOGY

MAY

The EAST VILLAGE EYE publishes its premier issue. Founded by Leonard Abrams, the paper mirrors the rise and demise of the scene like no other; between its first and its final issue, in January 1987, the Eye evolves from a tabloid-style monthly into a bigger, slicker source of alternative news.

CLUB 57 opens in the basement of the Holy Cross Polish National Church at 57 St. Mark’s Place (see above).

FEBRUARY

“NEW YORK/NEW WAVE” brings together graffiti art, the denizens of Club 57, and the aesthetic offshoots of New Wave music at P.S. 1 in Queens. Like the “Times Square Show” a year earlier, Diego Cortez’s exhibition proves seminal for the incipient East Village scene.

MAY

LIFE CAFE, a “village-style” coffee house featuring poetry readings, performances, and art and fashion shows, opens at 343 E. 10th Street.

JUNE

FUN GALLERY opens at 229 E. 11th Street (see Charlie Ahearn

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