32 W. 8th street
Its first location, from 1947 to 1965, was here in the corner store with the cast-iron front. Operated by the brothers Elias and Ted Wilentz, the 8th Street Bookshop gained fame as a literary gathering place with close ties to the nonconformist writers of the day, whose works and lifestyle gave rise to the term “Beat Generation.” Among leaders of the Beat movement: novelists Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs and poet Allen Ginsberg. In 1965 the bookshop moved to larger quarters at 17 W. 8th Street, where it remained in operation until 1979.
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