Three years after the St. Mark’s Bookshop left its longtime home on the corner of Third Avenue and Stuyvesant Street, The Bean has opened up its newest location inside of the bookstore’s once hallowed halls.
You’ll still find Allen Ginsberg on the walls here– just not on a bookshelf. A quote from “Howl” appears above the former bookstore’s red bricks, as do quotes from Kerouac and Basquiat, who worked and died a few blocks away, on Great Jones Street.
Ginsberg’s musings about “floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz” are mirrored by black-and-white, bird’s-eye-view photos of the area by local photographer Joshua Davis, aka jdx.
There’s also a mural– similar to the one over at Bagel Cafe— of Cooper Union, which, as you know by now, is the space’s landlord.
Other than that, the decor is in sync with other Bean locations, complete with mosaics on the facade advertising signature drinks like the Frozen Mona Lisa and the Nutella Fitzgerald.
Sure, the absence the St. Mark’s Bookshop is bound to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of some, but there’s no sense crying over spilled soy milk.