Photo by Curt Hoppe

Photo by Curt Hoppe

98 BOWERY: 1969 - 89

view from the top floor

By Marc H. Miller

Telling stories with pictures, ephemera and a few carefully chosen words is what I most enjoy doing. Over the course of a varied career as an artist, curator, art historian, journalist, and publisher, I have been fortunate to be able to create many visual narratives.  "View from the Top Floor" brings together some of these stories in a chronicle of my life and the creative world I experienced during the twenty years I lived in the top-floor loft at 98 Bowery.

From 1969 to 1989 the Bowery was a low-rent refuge for artists and free spirits willing to tolerate the vagrants and drunkards who lived on the street. 98 Bowery provided the central location from which I could witness and participate in the art, music and counter-culture that emerged in the East Village and Lower East Side in the decades of the 1970s and 80s.  

History is often reductive, when in truth every period is a complex tangle made up multiple voices. Although there is much that will be familiar this is not the conventional story of those extraordinary years in downtown New York, this is my version.