East Village Loses a Beloved Gallery: ‘Tribes As a Space Will Be Nonexistent’

(Photo: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)

(Photo: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)

A Gathering of the Tribes, which has been fighting for years to keep its East Village gallery and performance space, is finally moving out next week.

Steve Cannon, who has run Tribes out of the second floor of his apartment at 285 East Third Street for the last 20 years, will move around the corner into a much cheaper homestead apartment. From there, he’ll continue to run the Tribes website, literary journal, and Fly By Night publishing arm, with the help of employee Alyssa Devine.
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Sunburnt Cow’s Goodbye: ‘We Have Eaten, Drunk, Danced and Partied Together For Nearly 11 Years’

(Photo: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine)

(Photo: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine)

Last week, East Village brunch fixture The Sunburnt Cow announced that it was throwing in the towel. “Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy we are sadly calling it a night,” it wrote on Facebook, announcing that April 27 would be its last bottomless brunch. Last August, when the Cow celebrated its 10th year on Avenue C, owner Heathe St. Clair told us the restaurant had suffered a quarter of a million in damages when it was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. The Aussie outpost was then operating only on weekends, and St. Clair admitted it might never return to normal. Now he’s posted a heartfelt goodbye letter on Facebook.
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LPC Okays Hotel Next to Merchant’s House; Conviction in Damien Hirst Forgery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to build that nine-story hotel next to the Merchant’s House Museum in the East Village. [NY Observer]

Former New York Times culture reporter Milton Esterow, editor and publisher of the 112-year-old magazine ARTnews, sold the publication to a Russian investment banker. [Gallerist NY]

Someone videotaped a rat taking a cross-borough joyride on the A train. [Daily Intelligencer]

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Max Fish Wins Support For Reopening On Orchard Street

Gallery Bar.

Gallery Bar.

Last month we reported that Max Fish was planning to take over the Gallery Bar space at 120 Orchard Street. Ulli Rimkus, the bar’s owner, has now announced on Facebook that it got the support of Community Board 3′s liquor licensing committee at a meeting last night. Among the supporters who showed up were designer Lindsey Thornburg and Paper publisher David Hershkovits. Here’s the announcement.
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This Is Not a ‘This Is Not an April Fools Joke’ Mural

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Centre-Fuge, the art project that has brought portraits of the Beastie Boys and Philip Seymour Hoffman (among other art) to the side of a trailer on East First Street, has expanded over to some construction plywood on Houston Street, where artist Ben Angotti has been doing what he does best: painting lovely ladies. Above is what his mural looked like over the weekend. But surprise! here’s what it looks like now.
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Would You Pay $75 For a Kale Salad Workshop?

Not the kale salad at Tiny's, but. (Photo: Melissa Hom)

Not the kale salad at Tiny’s, but. (Photo: Melissa Hom)

Kale salads kind of jumped the shark when the Times said they were “hot in Manhattan social circles” a year ago, and we definitely aren’t going to be eating any after a reptile head was apparently found in one last month. But if you haven’t moved on to spazzing about ramps and you’re still crazy for kale, then Tiny’s has just the thing for you.
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Stanley Cohen Says He’ll Appeal ‘Crap’ Conviction of Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law

Stanley Cohen at his Avenue D loft. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Stanley Cohen at his Avenue D loft. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Stanley Cohen has defended a slew of unpopular clients, including a political leader of Hamas and an assortment of drug dealers, anti-war activists, squatters and hackers. But last weekend he was battling chronic vertigo, an inner ear infection he attributes to “prolonged periods of stress, overwork and lack of sleep — my life story.”
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Jason Wishnow Did a Secret Sci-Fi Film With Ai Weiwei and Ended Up Near Bald

L to R: Weiwei and Wishnow.

L to R: Weiwei and Wishnow.

Jason Wishnow has told the story of Oedipus with vegetables and documented zombie yoga in Williamsburg. Now, fresh off a stint as TED’s director of film and video, the Lower East Side filmmaker is set to complete his most daunting production yet: a 10-minute short in which Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei will make his acting debut.
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