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7A Closes Jan. 26; Liquiteria Will Replace Gray’s Papaya

(Photo: Photo: Carmen E. Lopez and AJ Wilhelm)

(Photo: Photo: Carmen E. Lopez and AJ Wilhelm)

There’s more to report today about the loss of two corner institutions: a manager at 7A confirms the rumor that the East Village all-nighter will close, and gives January 26 as the last day. According to the person we spoke to, who didn’t want to be named, business has been getting slower and slower in the last two and a half years, they’ve been in the red for some time and the owner wants to retire.
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Alex Prager Used 20 Tons of Sand (and Her Sister) to Stage This Beach Scene

ALEX PRAGER Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach), 2013 archival pigment print 59.5 x 92 inches, 151.1 x 233.7 cm 60.5 x 93.56 x 2.25 inches (framed), 153.7 x 237.6 x 5.7 cm Edition of 6 Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

ALEX PRAGER Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach), 2013 archival pigment print 59.5 x 92 inches, 151.1 x 233.7 cm 60.5 x 93.56 x 2.25 inches (framed), 153.7 x 237.6 x 5.7 cm Edition of 6 Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Alex Prager is not especially intimidating. The Los Angeles-based photographer is often smiling, rather petite and generally endearing. So it’s amusing to envision her atop a cherry picker, directing hundreds of actors like some sort of omniscient being, which is precisely what she did for her latest body of work, Face in the Crowd. Shot over four days on a sound stage in LA, the project features a slew of universally relatable locations (bleachers at a sports game, the beach, an airport, a generic looking rec room) populated with Prager’s friends, family and countless extras styled in flamboyant wigs and exaggerated makeup.
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Astor Place Bombshells: IBM Moving In, Another Newsstand Down

(Photo: Jenna Moratta)

(Photo: Jenna Moratta)

First Jerry Delakas’s Astor Place newsstand shuttered and now New Corner Magazine, on St. Marks and Third Avenue — rated one of Racked’s Best International Newsstands in Manhattan — is a wiry, splintery, cigarette butt-laden wreck. Renovation is underway. Why? “It was old,” said one construction worker. “It’s not that exciting.”
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Mr. Throwback Wears Bart Simpson On His Blue Suede Ewings

Welcome to Mr. Throwback Thursday, in which everyone’s favorite connoisseur of all things retro and nostalgic, Mr. Throwback, gives us a weekly blast from the past.

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Like most males who grew up in the ’80s, Mr. Throwback was enamored with the Chicago Bulls. When he came home from college and rediscovered his childhood room, which was lovingly decorated with Bulls paraphernalia, the pleasant feeling of nostalgia prompted him to start poking around the Internet for other nifty finds. He then purchased 1,000 jerseys and 1,000 hats (sure, why not), which he started selling at the Hells Kitchen Flea at 39th and Ninth.
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Video of Suspect in Stark Killing; Condo Prices Way Up in BK

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

New video shows the suspect in the killing of Williamsburg developer Menachem Stark. It’s believed Stark had been shadowed for two weeks. [NY Post]

Remembering Gray’s Papaya: “Gray’s was a place you always thought was going to be there.” [Flaming Pablum]

At the heart of a judge’s ruling against NYU’s expansion yesterday is green space inadvertently created by an expressway that Robert Moses was prevented from building. [NY Times]
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Doggone! Gray’s Papaya Has Closed

And now both Mike and Gray's are gone.

And now both Mike and Gray’s are gone.

This is a hard one to swallow.

Gray’s Papaya has shuttered its Sixth Avenue store. After a tipster saw the hot doggery being dismantled, Eater confirmed the closure with an employee at the uptown location who “was unsure if it was done for good, or just shuttered for a revamp.”
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Otafuk Yes! Everyone’s Favorite Octopus-Ball Nook Is Moving Indoors

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Excellent news for those who like fried octopus-filled dough balls and the warmth of the indoors; beloved 9th Street kiosk Otafuku is moving a couple dozen feet west to a storefront in which customers can wait for and devour their favorite Japanese street snacks in a well-heated space. Set to open sometime in the next two weeks at 220 East 9th Street, the new outpost features an open kitchen, a stand-up bar, adorable signage and an additional name, Medetai (according to owner Yo Katsuse, it will also be called Otafuku, in case you’re resistant to change).
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