Here's a testament to the long, weird history of St. Marks Place: The storefront that all-things-punk vendor Trash & Vaudeville has occupied for the past 40 years is within a building first occupied by the son of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and that building is now for salefor $11.9 million, the New York Post first reported. Ah, how things change. The 1831 Federal townhouse at 4 St. Marks Place, known as the Hamilton Holly House, is being marketed by broker Eastern Consolidated as a building perfect for school dorms, inasmuch as eager New York City college students might be the only bunch who would want to live on the block these days. The townhouse may have been landmarked in 2004, but that won't preclude its buyer from making more unfortunately interior updates to the house, as old listing pictures show have already been affected throughout.
The sale adds another piece to the puzzle of Trash & Vaudeville's shocking, yet not entirely unexpected, announcement earlier this year that it would be moving its storefront to East 7th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A. "I love St. Mark's Place. There's no doubt it. There's something magical about it. This just isn't any block," T&V owner Ray Goodman told EV Grieve after the store announced its move. "The decision wasn't something that I took lightly. From a business perspective, we saw a shift in the clientele. The block is not as conducive for fashion shopping as it once was. Now it seems as if it's all foodfast foodand bongs. Even stores that aren't bong stores sell bongs."