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‘Say It Ain’t So’: New Yorkers React to Other Music’s Closing

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

By now you’re probably past the denial stage of grief and it has started to sink in that Other Music is closing at the end of June. New Yorkers began posting teary-eyed tributes to the beloved East Village record shop as soon as it announced yesterday that it was shuttering after two decades in business. 

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Pour Out a Pint For Dempsey’s Pub, Leaving the East Village After 24 Years

(Photo: Courtesy of Dempsey's Pub)

(Photo: Courtesy of Dempsey’s Pub)

Irish eyes ain’t smiling. First Puck Fair, and now this.

The next three days are your last chance to grab a pint at East Village fixture Dempsey’s Pub, before its doors close for good this Sunday, April 17. According to owner Tom O’Byrne, the pub and restaurant will close so he can focus to his other establishments.

“Dempsey’s Pub has been blessed to have had an amazing run in the East Village for the past 24 years. Like a lot of good things, however, it’s reached the end of its cycle and on Sunday night after service Dempsey’s Pub will close for good,” O’Byrne explained. He also added that the changing nature of the neighborhood had played a part in his decision to close up shop. “Obviously part of it is related to costs, and the demand for the type of place like Dempsey’s is not there anymore in the way it was before.”

In the spirit of giving the place a proper send-off, Dempsey’s Pub will feature all-day happy hour specials starting today until Sunday, which includes $5 beer, wine, and well drinks, as well as offering canned and bottled beer specials all night on Sunday.

Dempsey’s Pub, which has been around in some form since 1992, was acquired by O’Byrne in 1998 and has developed into an East Village staple particularly popular among the NYU crowd.

The establishment’s regular programming, such as Wednesday night trivia and traditional Irish music on Tuesdays, will be moved to sister pub Slainte, at 304 Bowery.

O’Byrne, who also owns Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen on Second Avenue, expressed excitement for “other new beginnings in the neighborhood,” which may hint at further projects in the East Village down the road.

Dempsey’s Pub, 61 2nd Ave at 4th Street. 212-388-0662.

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Huitzilli Packs Up Its Guayaberas After Some ‘Not So Great’ Changes in Williamsburg

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Huitzilli, a colorful boutique specializing in Mexican clothing and jewelry, is vacating its home of seven years after its building was sold. Emily Cantrell, the shop’s owner, tells us she was considering reopening at the same address in the future, but Williamsburg’s changing demographic is making it harder and harder for small businesses to remain operational.

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St. Mark’s Bookshop Receives ‘Execution Notice,’ Down to Final Hours

Thin shelves spell bad news for St. Mark's Bookshop (Photo via St. Mark's Bookshop)

Thin shelves spell bad news for St. Mark’s Bookshop (Photo via St. Mark’s Bookshop)

A lawyer for the struggling St. Mark’s Bookshop tells us “they’re probably not going to be around much longer, we’re talking days.” Since we last reported on the shop’s fight against eviction in the face of $62,000 in back rent, its problems have only mounted in the form of a $34,400 tax lien and a dispute with one of its biggest book distributors involving thousands more dollars in debt. Yesterday, the shop announced a “clearance sale” in a last-ditch effort to raise money before a forthcoming auction.

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The Sock Man Is Closing, and Patricia Field Is Having a Liquidation Sale

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

The story of Mamoun’s had a happy ending, but not so for another St. Marks Place institution. Marty “The Sock Man” Rosen is shuttering his doors this Friday, January 15.  Today, we caught up with the beloved grump, who confirmed rumors of the closing and told us he’d been socked with a rent hike.

“This is the East Village,” he said, in the midst of rearranging the funky socks and tights he has long sold to everyone from neighborhood punks to Chloe Sevigny. “I don’t want to leave this block. As bad as it is, I don’t want to leave. I don’t know what to do.” He’ll be looking for a new space, but in the meantime you can still order online.

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‘The Good Old Days Are Gone’: Gallery Vercon Leaves the EV After 29 Years

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

After 29 years firmly planted on East Village’s fashion row, Gallery Vercon boutique is closing its doors on January 15. In the meantime all the goods are marked down, 20 to 50 percent off.

The store began life focusing on accessories and jewelry — owner Vashti De Verteuil is a jewelry designer by training — and added clothing 15 years ago. Over time, the style of the shop evolved with the neighborhood: “It began more punk, but as our customers grew up with us, we had more classic things — with a little twist,” said De Verteuil.  Popular designers in stock today include Joanie James and Yolanda Kwan. More →

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Cameo Gallery’s Owner Explains What Went Wrong

Cameo last spring (Photo via Facebook)

Cameo last spring (Photo via Facebook)

I first met Jify Shah back in 2014 when things were looking up for the owner of Cameo Gallery, a venue that became a mainstay in the Williamsburg music scene after it opened in 2009 on North 6th Sreet. It was the beginning of the summer and he’d just opened a restaurant featuring tropical cocktails named for figures in the Brooklyn music scene (“Losing My Edge,” with jalapeño-infused vodka) and food inspired by the stuff he ate as a kid growing up in Curaçao, a small island in the Caribbean.

Only a year later, rumors surfaced about the future of Cameo, which had quickly become one of the last remaining DIY institutions in the area. At first, Jify was hard to reach and clearly unwilling to talk about what was really going on. I was hoping his silence indicated Cameo would remain open for a little bit longer before Williamsburg is entirely overtaken by shadowy LLCs and glittering towers. No such luck. “I never thought it would’ve become what it did,” Jify told us.

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We’re Still Waiting For the ‘Last Special Nights’ of Lit Lounge

Outside Lit (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Outside Lit (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We waited with bated breath last week for what we expected to be an epic reopening of Lit Lounge. Last month the bar, which is nearing its end of days in the East Village, posted on Facebook that “after a much needed deep cleaning and even more crucial maintenance and repairs,” the place would reopen on Friday, September 11. But that date came and went, and the gates at the downtown institution remained down.

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