The East Village is generally credited with being the birthplace of punk music, which emanated from CBGB in the mid-1970s and the bands who played there, including the Ramones, Television, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and the Dictators. The music’s roots also can be found in the neighborhood, especially from bands like the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls, who also performed in and were deeply connected to the neighborhood. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, the East Village remained an epicenter of punk music. The latest tour added to our East Village Building Blocks website includes music venues, stores, and residences associated with this punk music and its culture.
Below are a few examples of the locations on the full tour, which includes about 20 sites, and which you can access here.
CBGB – 315 Bowery
The Palladium – 140 East 14th Street
Trash and Vaudeville – 4 St. Mark’s Place and 96 East 7th Street
Opened in 1976, this store is famous for clothing stars like the Ramones and Debbie Harry of Blondie during the golden age of punk rock. From 1976-2016 the business was located at 4 St. Mark’s Place in the landmarked Hamilton-Holly House. In 2016 it moved to 96 East 7th Street.