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. More →
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.” More →
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. More →
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. More →
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. More →
Yet another Williamsburg business has moved to Greenpoint in search of lower rent, and at their “Re-Grand Opening” Sunday, you can score a free massage, a free kinesiology session, a free smoothie and some info about shamanic healing. Hey, it beats sitting around doing laundry. More →
Moving day at 36 Cooper Square (Photo: Amanda Kludt)
Believe it or not, The Standard’s new lobby isn’t the biggest news out of Cooper Square. Across the street, the venerable Village Voice has quietly slipped out of 36 Cooper, where it’s been headquartered since 1991, and has set up shop in, yes, the Financial District. More →
Like anyone who has to move, the St. Mark’s Bookshop has sent out an e-mail asking friends for help, though it isn’t promising free beer. The embattled shop, which is on the brink of relocating to a mystery space in the East Village, is calling for volunteers to help it create “a hybrid organization that would present nonprofit arts programming, including a comprehensive roster of author events, lectures and literary gatherings housed by a community-supported bookstore, a physical brick-and-mortar space where people meet, discuss ideas, browse, discover and enjoy non-electronic books and publications and listen to great writers present their work.” It’s uncertain whether you’ll also have to help it move its couch. If you want to be a part of the shop’s advisory committee, here’s the whole e-mail. More →
In what’s quickly becoming the art-world trend of the summer, another Chelsea gallery is heading downtown.
Following in the footsteps of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., Monya Rowe Gallery is leaving its second-floor space on West 22nd Street. Rowe says she was looking to “increase the visibility of the gallery by moving to a ground-floor space, and this one on the Lower East Side became available at the right time.” More →
Attention, drink-slingers and the degenerates who love them: it looks like The Johnsons, the Bushwick offspring of Lower East Side staple Welcome to the Johnsons, is approaching go time. A tipster spotted this call for bartenders at 369 Troutman Street, between Irving and Wyckoff Aves. The State Liquor Authority’s website says the license is still pending — we’ll let you know if we hear more.
Meanwhile another LES staple, Max Fish, finally has a closing date. Gallerist reported yesterday that it’s shuttering August 1, and the site seems to be psyched about the Fish’s forthcoming Williamsburg location: “So, Brooklyn! The Lower East Side can suck it!”