By now you’re probably past the denial stage of grief and it has started to sink in that Other Music is closing at the end of June. New Yorkers began posting teary-eyed tributes to the beloved East Village record shop as soon as it announced yesterday that it was shuttering after two decades in business.
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Whether you’re preparing for a spin at the rodeo or just outfitting for summer’s busy festival sched, you’ll want to check out the Wild West pop-up shop in Williamsburg, running until May 15.
This general store by way of Brooklyn is filled with basically everything you need to pull off that whimsical hat you’ve been trying to make work (we all have one): lace-up-front bralets, dreamcatchers, Navajo artisanal jewelry, and hand-painted, perfectly worn-in boots, for example. (We were happy to see there weren’t any of those terrible “fashion” Native American headdress pieces though).
The St. Mark’s Bookshop has made it official: after nearly 40 years in business, the beloved East Village bookstore will close for good at the end of the week.
The St. Mark’s Bookshop has now officially announced what we broke news of two weeks ago — that it’s facing eviction by the New York City Housing Authority. In an email sent yesterday, co-owner Bob Contant asks followers to donate money so that the troubled shop can restock its shelves, get an interested investor to take over its lease, and fulfill the terms of a settlement with the city. So far, a crowdfunding campaign has raised just over $21,800 of the desired $150,000.
But don’t fire up that “print is dead” thought piece just yet. While things look pretty dire for the Bookshop, its East Village neighbor, Strand Book Store, is touting its best holiday season ever, and has announced that yearly traffic was up by 30,000 people.
You’re not sick of holiday shopping and pop-ups yet, are you? What’s that? You just started on your naughty & nice list? Then we’ve got another ephemeral place you should hit up ASAP to find those singular last-minute gifts to make your whole crew feel special and maybe even worldly.
Hot on the heels of Levi’s, Scotch & Soda, and G-Star Raw, yet another national chain is opening up off of the Bedford stop. The Shade Store, a maker of shades, blinds, and drapery, will add a Williamsburg location to its 34 nationwide showrooms next month. Signage has gone up on the corner of North 4th and Wythe, just a block from the J.Crew and Ralph Lauren stores. The Shade Store already has showrooms in Soho, Midtown, and on the Upper East and West Sides, but now residents of the swank new luxury building at 50 North 5th— where a one-bedroom goes for $3,695 a month– can go right downstairs to buy some blinds. Which means it’s going to be way harder to watch football games through everyone’s windows.
Alt Citizen has been doing their thing since 2012– the music blog’s bread-and-butter is album reviews (past and present), essays, show recommendations (mostly local Brooklyn stuff), and interviews with bands from all over. Last year, they expanded to a pocket-sized zine, of which three issues have dropped. “When you do a blog for years you start to go crazy not having a tangible thing to show people in terms of what you’re working on, so the zine naturally came out of that,” editor-in-chief and founder Nasa Hadizadeh admitted. The same impetus was behind Alt Space, a brand new storefront and gallery Alt Citizen is opening in Bushwick next week.
The Williamsburg space that formerly housed craft beer bar d.b.a. is becoming a boutique, but beer isn’t entirely out of the picture: Stephanie McDermott plans to use it to entice wary boyfriends into her forthcoming shop, The Vale Collective.
When we told you about a couple of upcoming record fairs, we were just scratching the surface. Not only is Record Store Day coming up April 18 (check out the list of exclusive releases) but these three fairs will let you shop for vinyl with a beer in hand while DJs like Mac DeMarco egg you on.
Okay fine, the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar isn’t the only market in town. As we noted last week, a new one called the Brooklyn Xchange is aiming to bring Brooklyn vendors to Soho starting Black Friday. Today, the organizers dropped a promo video starring co-founder Leo Reis that’s pure old-school Brooklyn. No twee terrariums here — in fact, the background music sounds like something out of Escape From New York. You almost expect a column of zombies to start walking up the Brooklyn Bridge, where — naturally — the call for vendors was shot.
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