In its 9th year of production, the Howl! Festival hit Tompkins Square Park this weekend to much artistic fanfare. Hundreds of people flocked to the celebration of one of the East Village’s most famous denizens, Allen Ginsberg. Named after what many consider the poet’s magnum opus, the festival featured live music, a kid-centered park and murals that spanned up and down Avenue A as well as East 7th Street. Like Ginsberg himself, the artwork spoke volumes of culture and politics in an area famous for investing in both. Overheard at Howl: “You tryin’ to recite ‘Howl!’ by Ginsberg? It’ll take you a solid 45 minutes.”
All text and photos by John Surico.