A lawyer for the struggling St. Mark’s Bookshop tells us “they’re probably not going to be around much longer, we’re talking days.” Since we last reported on the shop’s fight against eviction in the face of $62,000 in back rent, its problems have only mounted in the form of a $34,400 tax lien and a dispute with one of its biggest book distributors involving thousands more dollars in debt. Yesterday, the shop announced a “clearance sale” in a last-ditch effort to raise money before a forthcoming auction.
A possible year-long shutdown of the L train isn’t the only transit issue causing angst as of late.
J, M service is being shut down on late nights and weekends until early March. An MTA spokesperson tells us the closure is due to switch renewal work on three switches north of the Essex Street station. Last weekend, in lieu of trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, a free shuttle bus provided alternate, sardine-can-like service between Hewes Street and Essex Street, stopping at Marcy Avenue.
Brooklynites were hoping to see a Bernie vs. Hillary showdown in their borough after the Sanders campaign proposed a debate there. But since team Clinton has declined the invitation for now, we’ll all have to tune into MSNBC tonight at 9 p.m. to watch the presidential hopefuls duke it out in Durham, New Hampshire. Doing a shot every time Bernie says “the top 1/10th of 1 percent” is much more fun with fellow imbibers, so here’s where to get out and watch.
Louis CK’s forthcoming feature, The Secret Life of Pets, isn’t the only animated comedy in which stand-ups plumb the thoughts of New York City’s canines, felines, snakes, and, of course, rats. Animals, a debut series produced by the Duplass Brothers and featuring comedians like Nick Kroll and Chelsea Peretti, hits HBO tomorrow, Feb. 5, at 11:30 p.m., and is available on HBO Go and Now as of today. It’s already been dubbed “the worst HBO comedy in some time,” which prompted Phil Matarese, creator of the show along with his buddy Mike Luciano, to (semi?)-jokingly call out “fucking Variety, you piece of shit” at a preview screening last night. “I’m’a Uwe Boll any critic that talks shit about our show. Google it, he boxed all his negative critics.”
Oh, joy! San Marzano has once again transformed into D’s Cafe, workplace/hangout of Billy Eichner in Difficult People. Our fave Hulu original is shooting on the corner of East 7th Street and First Avenue, and returns to the small screen later this year. According to Eichner’s Facebook feed, Debbie Harry, Amy Sedaris, and Julianne Moore (an alum of Billy on the Street, which got picked up for a fifth season last month) are all lined up for season deux.
Like Oscar the Grouch, New Yorkers are surly and we live in filth. But things might get a lot less trashy, thanks to a series of initiatives announced by Mayor de Blasio today. The city is set to expand graffiti removal, sidewalk power washing, litter-basket pickup, and highway ramp cleanup, de Blasio said.
Boobie Trap still holds the record for most synthetic breasts in a bar, but last night Birdy’s and Happyfun Hideaway hosted the real deal. Boobs of Bushwick, the group known for going topless around the neighborhood and uploading shots to Tumblr, bounced into Birdy’s for some foosball at around 11 p.m., followed by Jenga at Happyfun Hideaway.
A baseball bat swung through the air and collided with Donald Trump’s torso. The bat-wielding child laughed, the crowd cheered, and the piñata of Mr. Trump, by artist Pablo Helguera, went flying around in circles.
“That’s a tough Donald Trump,” said someone in the crowd. After multiple assaults, barely any dents were visible.
Police are seeking the man shown here in connection with a string of robberies in the East and West Villages. The first of the five incidents happened at 3:45 a.m. on Dec. 13, when the suspect allegedly approached a 29-year-old and 30-year-old in the lobby of an apartment building near Waverly Place and Christopher Street, flashed a silver gun, and lifted $400 from one of the men. He’s also wanted for questioning in connection with the following incidents, as described by the NYPD. Most of them occurred as the victims entered their apartment buildings.
Incident #2 – At approximately 0315 hours on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in front of 181 Thompson Street in the confines of the 6th Precinct. Two male Blacks approached the 31-year-old male victim, brandished a firearm, and fled with the victim’s cell phone, watch, and $300.
Over the weekend, a reader sent us a photo of the John Varvatos store, with the subject line “RIP JV?”
“WTF?” he wrote. “Just took this pic. Doors are boarded up.”
Nearly a year after a seven-alarm fire ravaged the CitiStorage building in Williamsburg, the fate of the hotly contested land remains in limbo. On Sunday, the fire’s anniversary, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park will gather to once again call on the city to turn the controversial plot into parkland.
As if the return of Broad City on Feb. 17, complete with Adam Levine and Hillary Clinton, weren’t enough to make you FEEL SO ALIVE RIGHT NOW, Comedy Central just announced that it’ll be giving away free drinks and swag to anyone who helps paint a mural by Mike Perry, the graphic artist who designed the show’s opening titles. All ya gotta do is show up at North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, and follow the paint-by-number instructions.