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Remembering Shakespeare & Co.: ‘I Was Proud to Work There; It’s Hard to Explain’

With Shakespeare & Co. set to close its downtown store after 27 years — possibly to be replaced by a Foot Locker — we asked Marc Spitz, a former clerk, to share his thoughts about the beloved bookshop.

(Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

If Chris Peterson, the general manager of Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, circa 1996, didn’t sit me down one afternoon and give me the choice to quit or be fired (a classy move so I could travel on to another job without having to explain a termination), they would have had to close their doors nearly twenty years ago instead of this month.
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The Story of Kim’s Video & Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

When the last remaining location of Kim’s Video & Music announced it was closing for good, most agreed it was just another nail in the coffin, the latest reminder of what the Times called “a downtown culture now largely lost.”
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RIP For Another DIY Venue? ‘Someone Kept Pooping on the Floor’

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Clockwise from bottom: Brian Whatever, Alaina Stamatis, and Alison Sirico. (Photo: Alaina Stamatis)

Last week we heard a rumor that Bushwick DIY space The Ho_se is on its way out. We’d be really sad to see this venue close its doors, so we’re hoping the response we received to the following query means the place is still open for biz for the foreseeable future and we’re just getting trolled.

Hey Ho_se –

I’m a contributor for Bedford + Bowery and I heard you guys might be closing up shop? That would be a serious shame, but I think it’s important for us to cover venue closings and neighborhood changes– so it would be great if someone might be willing to speak with me over the phone about what’s happening.

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As Galleries Get Booted From an Artists Haven, Some Fight and Others Look Ahead

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

With Bushwick Open Studios just a couple of weeks away, the landlord of 17-17 Troutman Street — one of the annual festival’s anchors — has demanded that four galleries vacate the building, telling a fifth that it can no longer use its space to display art to the public.
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After 11 Years, The Sun Has Set On the Sunburnt Cow

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(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

The first thing we noticed when we walked into the Sunburnt Cow yesterday was the penetrating smell of vomit. And the first thing that happened? A complete stranger hugged us for 30 seconds without letting go. It was the final day of operation for the Australian-themed bar that’s been on Avenue C for the better part of 11 years, and the crowd was already hammered drunk by 6 p.m. Emotions ranged from nostalgia to tears to just plain drunkenness; click through the slideshow below to find out what the staffers and regulars had to say.
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