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  •  The 70s and 80s (3+ / 0-)
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    were also an explosion of intense developments in art and music (John Zorn, Elliot Sharp, Sonic Youth, The Swans, Television, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Z'ev) just to name a few of the musicians. The New York School of Poetry (Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Anne Waldman, Maureen Owen, Bob Holman, Bernadette Mayer, Eileen Myles, and many others). The performance arts were really coming into their own too.

    In the 90s, gentrification of the East Village got in full swing, and by the end of the decade, the rents were getting too high for a lot of the artists to remain there. I was paying $700 for a small 2 and a half room apartment in Alphabet City, and as soon as I moved, the landlord raised the rent to $2500. And in the last few years I was there, that tenement building had become infested with bed bugs. Another reason I left. We couldn't get rid of em. Imagine. $2500 for 2 and a half rooms in a run-down, bed bug-infested building.

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