August 11, 2020

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Jose Fresan

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Punk Rock at Hamilton’s Widow’s House

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Meet the Hamilton-Holly House, located at 4 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village in Manhattan. It was constructed in 1831 and for nine years was home of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, widow of Alexander Hamilton, who was the first Secretary of the Treasury and one of the founding fathers of …

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Meet the Hamilton-Holly House, located at 4 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village in Manhattan. It was constructed in 1831 and for nine years was home of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, widow of Alexander Hamilton, who was the first Secretary of the Treasury and one of the founding fathers of the United States. From 1833 to 1842, Eliza Hamilton lived there with two of her grown children and their spouses.

After the Hamilton family left the house, the building became apartments and a rental meeting hall. The street-level became a commercial rental place. And almost a hundred years later, by the end of the 70s and with the rise of punk culture in the East Village, the building came to be inhabited by one of the most iconic punk clothing shops in the world: Trash and Vaudeville.

For 40 years Hamilton-Holly House saw some of the most exotic characters come and go through its doors with brand new outrageous outfits. Until in 2016, Trash and Vaudeville relocated a few blocks down to 96 E 7th St.

Hamilton-Holly House is a symbol of the eclectic mix of culture that New York City represents. If you ever find yourself walking around the East Village make sure to visit Hamilton-Holly House and maybe have a drink on the bar next door named “Eliza” after Hamilton’s widow. Then head down to 7th street and get a funky new outfit to travel back to the 80s.

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