Bedford and Bowery, “From Anarchist Hangout to Bathhouse to Arcade: The Steamy History of 6 St. Marks”

On a chilly Thursday evening–January 5, 1911 to be exact–a mass of New York’s anarchists, socialists, and radicals were celebrating just 3 blocks north of St. Marks Place at Webster Hall. Prof. Bayard Boyesen of Columbia, and Leonard Abbott, the president of the newly formed Francisco Ferrer Association, along with Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, announced their plans to build the Ferrer Modern School at 6 St. Marks Place. Abbott proclaimed to the assemblage that this anarchist school, the first of its kind in the country, would teach “revolution in education,” a kind of institutionalized subversion.

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