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Merchant’s House Desperately Needs You to Nominate Its Plaster For an Award

merchanthouse1The Merchant’s House Museum suffered a blow on Tuesday when the Landmarks Preservation Commission finally signed off on the design of a controversial nine-story building that’s due to be erected next to the 182-year-old house. Today the museum sends out an e-mail indicating that it’s still concerned that the new building’s construction could damage the meticulously preserved East Fourth Street residence, and its custodians will soon be taking steps “to secure the necessary legal and engineering protective measures.”
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The Loner, the Lover, and the Trap Door of the Merchant’s House

This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.

The doorway of Seabury Tredwell's house as it appeared in the 1930s (New York Public Library)

The doorway of Seabury Tredwell’s house as it appeared in the 1930s (New York Public Library)

By the time she died in 1984, Helen Worden Erskine had racked up an eclectic but impressive set of interviews. The longtime New York World society writer spoke with Prince Charles of England and presidents Eisenhower and Truman, among other political and cultural luminaries. But she was perhaps most famous for her fascination with the opposite end of society: recluses.

In the late 1930s, Erskine wrote a series of sensationalistic articles about the Collyer brothers, two wealthy hoarders who had all of Harlem talking. Erskine and other reporters launched their careers writing about the sordid details of the brothers’ lives and death, including the nearly month-long search for one of their bodies in 1947, which was eventually discovered in their home beneath piles of junk.

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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. []

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

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Vans House Party

Summertime is decidedly a time for lounging, but the official season of Leisure Club also means a slew of free events, not least of which are the super-chill Vans House Parties.

Set to play this summer are dance music acts Future IslandsChrome Sparks (both June 19), and Holy Ghost! (August 14), plus the wild men of Black Lips (July 3). And for all the punk/hardcore die-hards, there’s Bouncing Souls and Gorilla Biscuits on July 10. Don’t forget to RSVP for those shows. And make sure to get there early before the free beer runs out and dress accordingly (it gets hot in there).

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Vans House Party

Summertime is decidedly a time for lounging, but the official season of Leisure Club also means a slew of free events, not least of which are the super-chill Vans House Parties.

Set to play this summer are dance music acts Future IslandsChrome Sparks (both June 19), and Holy Ghost! (August 14), plus the wild men of Black Lips (July 3). And for all the punk/hardcore die-hards, there’s Bouncing Souls and Gorilla Biscuits on July 10. Don’t forget to RSVP for those shows. And make sure to get there early before the free beer runs out and dress accordingly (it gets hot in there).

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Vans House Party

Summertime is decidedly a time for lounging, but the official season of Leisure Club also means a slew of free events, not least of which are the super-chill Vans House Parties.

Set to play this summer are dance music acts Future IslandsChrome Sparks (both June 19), and Holy Ghost! (August 14), plus the wild men of Black Lips (July 3). And for all the punk/hardcore die-hards, there’s Bouncing Souls and Gorilla Biscuits on July 10. Don’t forget to RSVP for those shows. And make sure to get there early before the free beer runs out and dress accordingly (it gets hot in there).

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Vans House Party

Summertime is decidedly a time for lounging, but the official season of Leisure Club also means a slew of free events, not least of which are the super-chill Vans House Parties.

Set to play this summer are dance music acts Future IslandsChrome Sparks (both June 19), and Holy Ghost! (August 14), plus the wild men of Black Lips (July 3). And for all the punk/hardcore die-hards, there’s Bouncing Souls and Gorilla Biscuits on July 10. Don’t forget to RSVP for those shows. And make sure to get there early before the free beer runs out and dress accordingly (it gets hot in there).

1402433691146

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Vans House Party

Summertime is decidedly a time for lounging, but the official season of Leisure Club also means a slew of free events, not least of which are the super-chill Vans House Parties.

Set to play this summer are dance music acts Future IslandsChrome Sparks (both June 19), and Holy Ghost! (August 14), plus the wild men of Black Lips (July 3). And for all the punk/hardcore die-hards, there’s Bouncing Souls and Gorilla Biscuits on July 10. Don’t forget to RSVP for those shows. And make sure to get there early before the free beer runs out and dress accordingly (it gets hot in there).

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Brooklyn Poet Wins A House In Detroit. Yep, A House.

Casey Rocheteau in 2013 (Photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis)

Casey Rocheteau in 2013 (Photo: Thomas Sayers Ellis)

When Brooklyn-based poet Casey Rocheteau first heard about Write A House Detroit, a unique writer-in-residence program that awards selected writers with a permanent home in Detroit, she didn’t know what to think. “I wasn’t necessarily convinced that I should apply right away,” she said. But when Airea D. Matthews , a Detroit-based poet, posted a status on Facebook encouraging other poets to apply to the program, Rocheteau says she was convinced. “I applied, of course, with no expectation of actually getting it,” she said. “I just thought it seemed like a really fantastic and interesting idea.”
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