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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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You’ll Be Sipping Homemade Vermouth at This New Pintxos Bar By Month’s End

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

A new Basque restaurant is set to bring house-made vermouth and cider on tap to the former L’asso EV space by the end of the month. Seating 75, Huertas will feature a pintxos (Basque tapas) bar in the front and tables for a four-course, $52 “menu del dia” in the back.
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Richard Gere Is On the Streets: 6 Things Homeless NYers Want His Film to Show

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

We found Richard Gere this morning huddled between two trash containers on East 10th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, where the actor is filming Time Out of Mind, a movie about a homeless man in New York.

Just blocks away, near Tompkins Square Park, a handful of actual homeless New Yorkers pushed carts filled with bottles and cans they had collected for resale. Over on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street, a group of “travelers” sat outside the shuttered May Chan restaurant. We asked both groups of people to share a little bit about their daily life. Here are six things they said the film should portray about homelessness in New York City.
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So Much For Rent on Grand Street, But Change Comes Slowly

Grand St. Bakery, a vintage general store, moved into an old, un-renovated store space on Grand about four years ago. The space hasn't always been easy. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Grand St. Bakery, a vintage general store, moved into an old, un-renovated store space on Grand about four years ago. The space hasn’t always been easy. (Photos: Elizabeth Flock)

Trendy shops open every other week on Grand Street near Bedford Avenue, but across the BQE in Williamsburg, the same street is experiencing growing pains. At least 16 shuttered storefronts line the six-block stretch along Grand from Union to Bushwick Avenue.

Spaces belonging to mom-and-pop stores have been put up for grabs, but instead of being replaced by beard-wax emporiums and bespoke monocle shops, their “For Rent” signs have lingered for months. While at least one developer is banking on “a migration to the eastern part of Williamsburg” as he replaces the Liberty department store with a Gene Kaufman-designed building at 774 Grand, it seems this part of Grand won’t be undergoing a major transformation in the immediate future. 

Here’s a sampling of Grand Street shops that are currently closed or in need of tenants:

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‘Art-less Dodger’ Indicted For Swiping Portraits of Basquiat, Mandela and Snoop

The 49-year-old who allegedly stole three paintings from a Williamsburg art gallery before being chased down by the gallery owner, and then apprehended by police, has been indicted and is facing charges of burglary, larceny and robbery of artwork worth $10,000.
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