4 St. Marks Place
In its original state, this 19th century building was an elegant townhouse in the Federal style on one of the city’s most fashionable blocks. From 1833-1842, No. 4 was the residence of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the widow of Alexander Hamilton, killed years earlier in a duel with Aaron Burr. From the 1950’s to the present, the lower floors have been home to Trash & Vaudeville, the trendy rock ‘n’ roll fashion outlet to stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Nicholas Cage, Marie Presley and Cher.
The first meeting of the Modern School was also held here in 1911. Founded by anarchists, including Leonard Abbott and Emma Goldman, it sought to educate members of working class society. The school taught children during the day and provided continuing education for adults in the evening.
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