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A DIY Space Where ‘People of Color Have Empowerment’ Gets Ready For Next Act

Winston Scarlett: curator of Slackgaze and founder of Nola Darling (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Winston Scarlett: curator of Slackgaze and founder of Nola Darling (Photo: Nicole Disser)

For the city’s DIY scene, the year 2014 was anything but static– openings, closings, you know the drill. And while one little venue might seem like it’s simply joining the list of short-lived venues and tragic casualties, in all probability, Nola Darling is just getting started.

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Commune Salon & Gifts Is the Latest to Relocate in Williamsburg

IMG_0523The Williamsburg retail scene is starting to feel a lot like a game of musical chairs — salon chairs, in the case of the latest switcheroo. Commune Salon & Gift, which opened on Grand Street back in 2004, is leaving its home of over a decade and moving a couple blocks over. It closed earlier this week and will reopen at 185 Roebling Street on Saturday.
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Getting High at the New Home of The Muse, Bushwick’s Future ‘Circus Heaven’

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

In the farthest reaches of Bushwick, right on the border of Knollwood Cemetery, Moffat Street drops off into oblivion. The sidewalks are cracked and few working street lights are there to illuminate the barren warehouses. Last night, long after the sun had set, I was walking down this end of Moffat in search of The Muse‘s new space.
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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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San Loco Is Closing Its Williamsburg Outpost, Plans to Relocate

637 Driggs last year, when it was vacant.

637 Driggs last year, when it was vacant.

Just weeks after San Loco closed its Avenue A store of 15 years, there’s been another shakeup in the empire: the Williamsburg store will close April 20, according to a manager who, citing a conversation with his boss, told us, “I think we lost our lease.”
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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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