In 2000, Ephemera Press began to commission artists to create illustrated maps of historic New York City neighborhoods that spotlight the homes and hangouts of the famous artists, writers and musicians. The inspiration for the project were the 1940s pictorial maps by Miguel Covarrubias, William Gropper and other name artists, published by American Associated Artists, an enterprise that sought to bridge the gap between the fine and popular arts.
Ephemera Press chose James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook to illustrate the East Village map on account of their talent, as well as their strong connections to the neighborhood. In 1984, Romberger and Van Cook started Ground Zero, one of the first East Village galleries. They are probably best known for their collaboration with David Wojnarowicz on “7 Miles a Second” (1992), an acclaimed comic-book autobiography written by Wojnarowicz with art by Romberger and Van Cooke.
Ephemera Press was founded by Marc H Miller, also the founder of Gallery 98. Only a few signed East Village maps remain.
Map Includes: Diane Arbus • Jean Michel Basquiat • Lenny Bruce • William Burroughs • CBGBs • Club 57 • Dorothy Day • Willem de Kooning • Five Spot • Fillmore East • The Fugs • Allen Ginsberg • Philip Glass • Emma Goldman • Graffiti Murals • Keith Haring • Debbie Harry • Jimi Hendrix • Abbie Hoffman • Jack Kerouac • Lee Krasner • Jasper Johns • LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) • Leadbelly • Madonna • Norman Mailer • Robert Mapplethorpe • Jonas Mekas • Joseph Papp • Charlie Parker • Jackson Pollack • Ramones • Larry Rivers • Patti Smith • Sun Ra • Talking Heads • Velvet Underground • Andy Warhol • and others