A guide to narcotics in the East Village, 1982

The Soho News, a weekly paper that covered downtown from 1973 to 1982, ran some news briefs about East Village smack shops and drug dealing titled “Alphabet City Soup” in their March 16, 1982 issue.


It included this informative guide to the most popular brands of cocaine and heroin available between Avenues A and D at the time. 

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4 Responses to “A guide to narcotics in the East Village, 1982”

  1. Christopher Says:

    When SoHo news spawned a couple publications (at least) that we know of today when it folded: the original staff of Details (which used to be quite edgy) where SoHo news people and the one sheet wonder that turned into a whole magazine, Paper, was started by David and Kim who were SoHo news writers.

  2. Thomas Jefferson Says:

    I will have to agree. Back in the very early 90’s there was a club called “The World” on Ave D, it was a pit. I saw the Dead Kennedy’s there and a few other bands. It had all this little alcoves and side rooms were people would shoot up. It was a mess, but to a young punk, such as I was, it was an incredible experience.

    And no, I never did any drugs.

  3. Nabe News: September 11 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    […] March 16, 1982, The Soho News published a news brief about drugs in the East Village.  At the time,  many felt that the “drugs sold in Alphabet City are far superior to […]

  4. SoHo boy Says:

    Dana Beal, the Yippie, was so infuriated with the SoHo News glorification of hard drugs, as opposed to pot and hallucinogens, that he threw an cherry bomb into their office (on Broome, I think) almost hitting Julie Nadel in the ear. He got arrested, and still is a Yippie. Julie is now involved in local politics and activism.

    Miss all that madness

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