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Jerry's Newsstand Reopens; Tenement Museum Expands; Domino Refinery Gets Artsy

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With a little help from Mayor de Blasio, Jerry Delakas is back at his Astor Place newsstand after the Department of Consumer of affairs dropped his fines from $37,000 to $9,000. [NY1, NY Times]

The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved an $8 million expansion of the Tenement Museum, two doors down from its current location. [Crain’s]

Kara Walker will create an art installation inside of the Domino Sugar refinery in May. [Gothamist]
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Max Fish Bartenders: Where Are They Now?

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

Many of us are still mourning the loss of Max Fish, hopelessly wandering the gentrified streets of the Lower East Side for a watering hole to call home. However, we musn’t lose sight of what made Max Fish what it was. No, it wasn’t the revolting bathrooms, the overambitious lighting or even the refreshingly affordable beverages. It was the people, and many of those people are still kicking around downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, serving drinks, playing in bands and turning up at various dive bars to grab a beer.
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The East Village Jazz Scene Remembers Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka reads the words to songs by Curtis Mayfield as William Parker and Leena Conquest perform Parker's "Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield" on the final evening of Vision Festival XIII at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in 2008. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

Amiri Baraka reads the words to songs by Curtis Mayfield as William Parker and Leena Conquest perform Parker’s “Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield” on the final evening of Vision Festival at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in 2008. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

In the 1950s, before LeRoi Jones would change his name to Amiri Baraka, the poet soaked up the sounds of jazz in bars throughout the East Village. Clubs like the Five Spot Café, where Jones was a regular patron, featured jazz legends like John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus. Their performances helped inspire Jones to write Blues People, the 1963 groundbreaking study of African-American music.

To further honor LeRoi’s time in the East Village, we spoke to three members of the era’s jazz scene.
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Judge Says Yippie Building Tenants Must Peace Out

9 Bleecker. (Daniel Maurer)

9 Bleecker. (Daniel Maurer)

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled that the venerable Yippie Museum be cleared for new tenants and has handed yippie leader Dana Beal a hell of a birthday gift, forbidding him from setting foot inside of his home of 40 years.

Since 2009, the owners of 9 Bleecker Street, Yippie Holdings LLC and the National Aids Brigade, have been fighting foreclosure for alleged non-payment on the mortgage. Yesterday, as Beal turned 67, Justice Jeffrey K. Oing ordered all of the building’s occupants to take their stuff and leave by Jan. 17 — unless, that is, the owners can come up with unpaid back rent amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, according to attorneys familiar with the proceedings.
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Live From East Williamsburg, It’s SNL’s New Hire! Sasheer Zamata Is ‘Going to Kill It’

(Photo courtesy of UCB)

(Photo courtesy of UCB)

Sasheer Zamata learned she was SNL’s newest cast member just minutes before you probably did. “It was pretty wild because that day they called her [at] Monday at like 3 p.m. and it was on the Internet at 3:30,” said Josh Sharp, her friend and one of her frequent comedy collaborators. That night, 20 or 30 improvisers and writers from the Upright Citizens Brigade feted the 27-year-old with champagne and cocktails at The Drink, near her home neighborhood of East Williamsburg. Bedford + Bowery spoke with six of her peers to ask what Sasheer was like before she got the call from Lorne Michaels.
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When Amiri Baraka Was LeRoi Jones, 'King of the Lower East Side'

The day of his play 'The Toilet' debuted at the St. Marks Playhouse (Second Ave & 8th Street), December 13, 1964. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

The day of his play ‘The Toilet’ debuted at the St. Marks Playhouse (Second Ave & 8th Street), December 13, 1964. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

Amiri Baraka may have been a “son of Newark,” but in between his birth there in 1934 and his death there yesterday following post-surgery complications, he was once described as a “king of the Lower East Side.” It’s where Baraka began a career as a music writer; broke out as an acclaimed, controversial playwright; and came into his own as a tenacious advocate of African-American equality.

In 1957, Baraka was going by his birth name when he moved into a $28-a-month, three-room cold-water walk-up on East Third Street, off of First Avenue. “This was before the Lower East Side became fashionable,” he wrote in The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones. “It was then just outside of the Village, the romantic center.”
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7A Closes Jan. 26; Liquiteria Will Replace Gray's Papaya

(Photo: Photo: Carmen E. Lopez and AJ Wilhelm)

(Photo: Photo: Carmen E. Lopez and AJ Wilhelm)

There’s more to report today about the loss of two corner institutions: a manager at 7A confirms the rumor that the East Village all-nighter will close, and gives January 26 as the last day. According to the person we spoke to, who didn’t want to be named, business has been getting slower and slower in the last two and a half years, they’ve been in the red for some time and the owner wants to retire.
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Astor Place Bombshells: IBM Moving In, Another Newsstand Down

(Photo: Jenna Moratta)

(Photo: Jenna Moratta)

First Jerry Delakas’s Astor Place newsstand shuttered and now New Corner Magazine, on St. Marks and Third Avenue — rated one of Racked’s Best International Newsstands in Manhattan — is a wiry, splintery, cigarette butt-laden wreck. Renovation is underway. Why? “It was old,” said one construction worker. “It’s not that exciting.”
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