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How Peter Hujar Defined Downtown

I was already living in the East Village when I met him, in 1969, but in many ways Peter Hujar defined downtown for me. I’d been in the neighborhood, off and on, for several years, working dumb jobs until I graduated Antioch and moved into a fifth-floor walkup on Twelfth Street, just off Avenue A. I landed a job at Ed Sanders’s Peace Eye Bookstore, a few blocks away, and started writing about music for the Rat, the city’s most radical underground paper, with offices on Fourteenth Street.
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