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‘The Good Old Days Are Gone’: Gallery Vercon Leaves the EV After 29 Years

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

After 29 years firmly planted on East Village’s fashion row, Gallery Vercon boutique is closing its doors on January 15. In the meantime all the goods are marked down, 20 to 50 percent off.

The store began life focusing on accessories and jewelry — owner Vashti De Verteuil is a jewelry designer by training — and added clothing 15 years ago. Over time, the style of the shop evolved with the neighborhood: “It began more punk, but as our customers grew up with us, we had more classic things — with a little twist,” said De Verteuil.  Popular designers in stock today include Joanie James and Yolanda Kwan. Keep Reading »

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The Music’s Over at Garage, The Latest Village Jazz Club to Turn Out the Lights

David Coss (top, right) with his Saxophonist and fans as they performed their final set at Garage on it's closing night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

David Coss (top, right) with his Saxophonist and fans as they performed their final set at Garage on it’s closing night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Last week, as part of our A Lot About a Plot series, we looked back on the history of some bygone jazz joints, including the Village Gate and Nick’s Tavern. Now you can add another Village venue to the list: Garage Restaurant & Cafe closed its doors on Sunday. So much for its claim of hosting “more live jazz than anywhere in the world.”

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Sway’s Last Dance: Another Downtown Mainstay Gone Still

The dance floor of Sway at 4 am right after DJ Ben Cho played the last song for the final edition Smiths/Morrissey night. (Photo by Nick McManus)

DJ Prince Terrance (center) and street artist Russell Murphy (Photo by Nick McManus)

Patrons and staff gathered at Sway to bid bye bye as the downtown bar passed on to the next world, joining its brethren in depraved bar heaven. Group portrait artist Nick McManus was on hand to capture the mournful revelry of Sway’s last night on earth with instant snapshots from The Impossible Project, á la a young Ryan McGinley at Lit Lounge (RIP).

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Cameo Gallery’s Owner Explains What Went Wrong

Cameo last spring (Photo via Facebook)

Cameo last spring (Photo via Facebook)

I first met Jify Shah back in 2014 when things were looking up for the owner of Cameo Gallery, a venue that became a mainstay in the Williamsburg music scene after it opened in 2009 on North 6th Sreet. It was the beginning of the summer and he’d just opened a restaurant featuring tropical cocktails named for figures in the Brooklyn music scene (“Losing My Edge,” with jalapeño-infused vodka) and food inspired by the stuff he ate as a kid growing up in Curaçao, a small island in the Caribbean.

Only a year later, rumors surfaced about the future of Cameo, which had quickly become one of the last remaining DIY institutions in the area. At first, Jify was hard to reach and clearly unwilling to talk about what was really going on. I was hoping his silence indicated Cameo would remain open for a little bit longer before Williamsburg is entirely overtaken by shadowy LLCs and glittering towers. No such luck. “I never thought it would’ve become what it did,” Jify told us.

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Has Carrera’s Taqueria Served Its Last Super Taco?

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Cheap-eats lovers, get ready to cry into your napkins: Carrera’s, a small Mexican restaurant located off the Morgan L in Bushwick, may be taking a dirt siesta.

The consistently affordable prices at Carrera’s were a welcome comfort in the midst of a neighborhood that seems to be getting pricier by the day. Chips and salsa were free, chips and guac were $5, and their generously portioned entrees typically ran in the $7 to $11 range.

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‘It Was Our Fantasy’: The Story of Lit Lounge, Told By Its Regulars

Cookie Gates (Photo by Erik Foss)

Cookie Gates at Lit Lounge (Photo by Erik Foss)

When Lit Lounge’s co-owner Erik Foss announced a month ago that the East Village institution would close after 13 years, we thought the place would have at least a few more wild nights in store if not the goodbye party of the decade. But after a particularly unseemly incident (even for Lit) a couple of weeks ago, the bar unceremoniously shuttered without so much as a nod and a “later, guys.”

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La Churreria Has Closed; Guess They Weren’t Making Enough Dough

IMG_1340Well, this is a bummer. One of our favorite Spanish spots, La Churreria, has called it a day. Just a month after we got all excited about a menu makeover that brought churro cups into the mix, the three-year-old sister restaurant of neighboring Socarrat has “closed for renovations,” per a Facebook message. But don’t get it twisted, heart-shaped churro fans: the Nolita cafe isn’t coming back. An inquiry reveals the ownership will be “launching a new concept,” with details coming soon.

You can still walk down to Despaña for something close to the Spanish-style sandwiches that La Churreria served. But why did this have to happen when churros were finally going viral?

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Mellow Pages Is Closing the Book on its Bushwick Library

(Photo: Mellow Pages Library Facebook)

(Photo: Mellow Pages Library Facebook)

On Tuesday, Matt Nelson and Jacob Perkins, founders of Bushwick independent library and reading room Mellow Pages, announced on Facebook that their literary hangout, in its current form at least, will cease to exist at the end of the month. They’re making like many writers before them and saying later gator to New York City.

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Williamsburg Loses Subway Service and Subway Sandwich Service

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

From April 17 to May 18, there’ll be no late-night or weekend L train service between Lorimer Street and Eighth Avenue, which is very, very bad news. And if you’re the type to cope with bad news by wolfing cruddy fast-food sandwiches, there’s worse news still: Williamsburg is not only losing subway service, it has also lost two of its Subway sandwich locations. Branches at 209 Bedford Avenue and 717 Grand Street have shuttered.

For better or worse, that doesn’t leave Williamsburg completely without Subways. For starters, there’s one further down Grand, on Bushwick Avenue. But if it’s a sando near the Grand Street stop you desire, how bout trying a Down by Law-themed one at this newcomer instead? We’ll take Jarmusch over Jared any day.

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)