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Microscope Focuses in on a New Gallery Space in Bushwick

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Marni Kotak’s “Mad Meds” Exhibit; Photo Courtesy of Microscope Gallery

It wasn’t easy for Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti to find a space in Bushwick to house their expanding gallery, Microscope. The two started looking in October 2013, and finally signed a lease just under a month ago. “We saw at least 30 spaces,” Burchill says. “We lost several just as we were supposed to go sign a lease, and then the landlord had someone slip in and offer more for rent. That was fun.”
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Three Bookselling Institutions Get Ready For Their Next Chapters

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

There’s real estate news from three of the city’s book-selling institutions.

The rumors about Shakespeare & Co.’s possible closure are getting harder to ignore. The space that houses the decades-old bookstore, at 716 Broadway, is available for lease, said Brendan Gotch, director of retail leasing for Massey Knakal, who is handling the listing.
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Will Max Fish Open a Few Blocks From Its Old Location?

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

Here’s more evidence that Max Fish, after initially planning to move to Williamsburg, might end up sticking with the Lower East Side: on the calendar of meetings that Community Board 3 just sent out, a company belonging to the Fish’s owner, Ulli Rimkus, is slated to appear at the April 7 meeting of the board’s liquor license committee.
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Nightwood Is Leaving Williamsburg, Sharktooth Is Moving In

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

While it seems like every business on the planet is trying to lock up a lease in Williamsburg, Nightwood is walking away from theirs. At the end of the month, the furniture and textile shop will relocate from 111 Grand Street to a commercial building in Clinton Hill. It’ll be replaced by Sharktooth, a purveyor of vintage rugs and bedding that’s upgrading to the larger storefront from its address on Atlantic Avenue.
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After 20 Years in the East Village, Meg Is Getting a Meg-Over

The home of Meg since 1994 (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The home of Meg since 1994 (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Meg, that charming clothing store that oft has cutesy punny chalkboard signage and adorably themed discounts, has inhabited its Ninth Street location since 1994, so it was high time that it treated itself to a “Meg-over” (we warned you about the puns). But don’t fret, if you’re Mega-obsessed (lolz, we can make puns too!) with Meg’s robust collection of jumpsuits and covetable casuals, for now you can find them next door in the space that previously housed the clothing shop Sohung Designs.
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This Dance Studio’s Move Means Free Massages, Smoothies and Reiki Sessions

(Courtesy of Breakin Boundries)

(Courtesy of Breakin Boundries)

Yet another Williamsburg business has moved to Greenpoint in search of lower rent, and at their “Re-Grand Opening” Sunday, you can score a free massage, a free kinesiology session, a free smoothie and some info about shamanic healing. Hey, it beats sitting around doing laundry.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Village Voice Has Left the Village

Moving day at 36 Cooper Square (Photo: Amanda Kludt)

Moving day at 36 Cooper Square (Photo: Amanda Kludt)

Believe it or not, The Standard’s new lobby isn’t the biggest news out of Cooper Square. Across the street, the venerable Village Voice has quietly slipped out of 36 Cooper, where it’s been headquartered since 1991, and has set up shop in, yes, the Financial District.
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The St. Mark’s Bookshop Wants YOU to Volunteer

St. Mark's owner Bob Contant wants YOU.

St. Mark’s owner Bob Contant wants YOU.

Like anyone who has to move, the St. Mark’s Bookshop has sent out an e-mail asking friends for help, though it isn’t promising free beer. The embattled shop, which is on the brink of relocating to a mystery space in the East Village, is calling for volunteers to help it create “a hybrid organization that would present nonprofit arts programming, including a comprehensive roster of author events, lectures and literary gatherings housed by a community-supported bookstore, a physical brick-and-mortar space where people meet, discuss ideas, browse, discover and enjoy non-electronic books and publications and listen to great writers present their work.” It’s uncertain whether you’ll also have to help it move its couch. If you want to be a part of the shop’s advisory committee, here’s the whole e-mail.
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Another Chelsea Gallery Is Moving to the Lower East Side

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

In what’s quickly becoming the art-world trend of the summer, another Chelsea gallery is heading downtown.

Following in the footsteps of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., Monya Rowe Gallery is leaving its second-floor space on West 22nd Street. Rowe says she was looking to “increase the visibility of the gallery by moving to a ground-floor space, and this one on the Lower East Side became available at the right time.”
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