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Kids Store Is Leaving ‘No Fun’ Williamsburg for Greenpoint

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Turns out Academy Annex’s impending move to Greenpoint will bring with it an unexpected bundle of joy: a children’s store!

When Kate Schmitz, the owner of Flying Squirrel, learned that she and Academy owner Mike Davis had to clear out of the space they share on N. 6th St., she decided to follow her longtime friend north.

Schmitz first met Davis when she was 20 and her roommate played in a band with him. About ten years ago, when Davis decided to bring an outpost of his East Village record shop to Brooklyn, they put their heads together and realized that selling baby stuff and vinyl in tandem was a no-brainer.
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Bureau of General Services Queer Division Raises Funds For a New Home

Greg Newton (facing camera, right) speaks to Shane Shane (back to camera) outside of BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Greg Newton (facing camera, right) speaks to Shane Shane (back to camera) outside of BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, a trailblazing bookstore and event space on the Lower East Side, will launch an indiegogo campaign on Friday to secure a more permanent home.

Since November, Strange Loop Gallery has played temporary host to The Bureau. Originally meant to last two months, the arrangement between both operations went swimmingly, so a couple-month visit turned into eight.
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Academy Annex Will Leave Williamsburg and Turn Greenpoint into a Vinyl Mecca

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

Academy Annex is moving on up – from Williamsburg to Greenpoint.

Owner Mike Davis says the record store has to leave its current building on N. 6th St. because it’s “getting torn down to make way for much needed luxury condos” (dude, good one).
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