Gunther’s Tap Room

One of Kerouac’s watering holes when he was living with his mum in Northport. Main Street, Northport, NY For more information see: http://www.longislandpress.com/2012/03/01/jack-kerouac-the-long-island-years/  

34 Gilbert Street, Northport

The first 3 photos show the house Jack and his mum lived in from April 1958. Typical of him, the enthusiasm he felt after moving to Northport didn’t last very long and he thought about selling the house and moving to Florida as early as October of that year. As these plans didn’t materialise they … Continue reading

Northport, NY

Northport’s oldest house, built in 1761 Main Street, now imagine that in Kerouac’s time without those modern cars Northport Harbor The images in this post were chosen to invoke a stroll through Northport as Kerouac must have done countless times in the years he spent living there. Really makes me wonder how he and especially … Continue reading

94-21 134th Street, Queens

The first photo shows the home of Jack Kerouac and his mother Gabrielle in Richmond Hill. They, or rather she, with him staying with her whenever he was in New York and needed some time to relax and write,  lived in this house from August 1949 to sometime in 1955 (with a short time she … Continue reading

Bowery Blues

Cooper Union seen from Cooper Square The mesh-clad building on the right is the new Cooper Union building Views down the Bowery in the next few photos This post was inspired by the reading of Kerouac’s poem ‘Bowery Blues’ on the ‘Poetry For The Beat Generation’ album he recorded with Steve Allen in 1958/’59. In … Continue reading

Horace Mann School/ Van Cortlandt Park

Approach to Horace Mann School Sports field at Horace Mann School Tillinghast Hall at Horace Mann School 242St /Van Cortlandt Park Subway station Van Cortlandt Park Van Cortlandt Park Van Cortlandt Park Jack Kerouac went to Horace Mann School in The Bronx from 1939-1940. While there he was living with relatives in Brooklyn which meant … Continue reading

Views from Ozone Park

Rockaway Blvd. Subway station, the nearest subway stop to 133-01 Cross Bay Blvd. in Ozone Park, Jack Kerouac’s home from 1943-1948 133rd Ave The rose-coloured house in the background is the one Kerouac lived in Nativity-Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Rockaway Blvd. A few shots to show the area in which Kerouac lived in the mid- … Continue reading

133-01 Cross Bay Blvd

The house the Kerouac family lived in from 1943 – 1948. Jack Kerouac’s Dad Leo died in this flat and Kerouac’s first published novel ‘The Town And The City’  in which he dealt with it, was also mainly written here. Queens, New York

Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village

  A popular hangout of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Lucien Carr and William S. Burroughs as early as the beginning of the 1940’s. 113 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, New York

Bklyn Bridge

‘… an all the wild adventures together on Bklyn Bridge,  Columbia, Frisco, Mexico, etc. and elsewhere later, but all that bombed-out literature we started (bombed-out-of-mind)…’  Jack Kerouac in a letter to Allen Ginsberg June 19, 1963 (Jack Kerouac Selected Letters 1957-1969, ed. by Ann Charters)