Essential memoir of 60 years in Greenwich Village

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Donna Florio lived at 63 Bank Street from her birth until the present day--other than a few brief residences other places. In this sweeping memoir, she chronicles not only her own unique life as the only child of theatrical, dramatic, and not always happy Italian parents, but also the many neighbors she grew to love (or not love) during her life. Although the building where she lived is best known as the site of Sid Vicious's death, Florio tells of other residents of that building and many others. Many of the people she met or knew were famous (John Lennon & Yoko Ono, e.g.), but the neighborhood attracted artists, writers, and people of lesser renown.

From the 1950s through the tempestuous 1960s, disco 1970s, and tragic 1980s when the neighborhood was hit hard by the AIDS epidemic, Florio shows her experiences.

Entertaining to the general reader, GROWING UP BANK STREET will be a precious resource for future historians.