206 E 7th Street, New York

206 E 7th Street, East Village, New York Allen Ginsberg lived in this house in 1952/’53. I included it in my project as my favourite Kerouac photo of him standing on the fire escape with his Southern Pacific handbook sticking out of the pocket of his jacket was taken here.

307 W 11th Street

Kerouac’s girlfriend in 1956/1957 Helen Weaver, author of ‘The Awakener’ lived here when he returned from Mexico with Allen Ginsberg and the Orlovsky brothers Peter and Lafcadio and all of them yelled at the 3rd floor window where she lived with a friend (see ‘Desolation Angels’). (Facts by Bill Morgan’s book ‘The Beat Generation in … Continue reading

Washington Square, New York

“It gets more and more joyous all the time…” – spoken in the reddening sun of Washington Square.’ Jack Kerouac in a letter to Allen Ginsberg, September 1948

346 W 15th Street, New York

346 W 15th Street, Chelsea, New York Allen Ginsberg lived in the attic from late 1951 to late 1952 and wrote about it in a couple of poems. It’s safe to assume that Kerouac was a frequent visitor here during that time. On one of these occasions he was introduced to Gregory Corso. (Facts provided … Continue reading

The Donac

402 W 20th Street, Chelsea, New York LeRoi and Hettie Jones lived in this building and ran Totem Press books while living in here from 1958 to 1960. According to Bill Morgan’s ‘The Beat Generation in New York’ they hosted one or two notable parties where Kerouac was present. Totem Press published Kerouac’s ‘The Scripture … Continue reading

National Maritime Union Building

None of the buildings in these photographs did yet exist when Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr (all members of the NMU) and various others of their NMU member friends were trying to get papers for ships in the then headquarters of the National Maritime Union that the occupied this block, but the hotel is called … Continue reading

The West End (Bar)

2911 Broadway, Morningside Heights, New York A regular hangout for Kerouac and the other Beats in the mid- to end 1940’s, and quite a few stories to be told taking place in here. Kerouac getting into fights, being rolled down Broadway in a barrel by Lucien Carr (presumably after having one too many drinks in … Continue reading

The Year of Evil Decadence

419 W. 115th Street, Morningside Heights, New York. Kerouac and his then-wife Edie Parker moved into Cragsmoor Apartments in December 1944 in which Joan Vollmer Adams already lived. Allen Ginsberg moved in here too (March 1945) and shared a room with Hal Chase. The time Kerouac spent in the Cragsmoor Apartments was described by him … Continue reading

W 114th Street Fraternity Houses

Kerouac lived in 538 W 114th Street (the slightly darker, second from left building) for a time, but wasn’t too keen on the fraternity rules, perhaps unsurprisingly. Allen Ginsberg lived for a short while in 536 W 114th Street (the building with the sports shirt in the first floor window),  and worked on ‘The Denver … Continue reading

Warren Hall

This used to be No. 404, 115th Street, Morningside Heights, New York. The building that once stood in the place that is now the parking lot you see in this photograph, was called Warren Hall Residence Club. Allen Ginsberg moved into Warren Hall in July 1944 and Lucien Carr lived there too. Kerouac moved in … Continue reading