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Mellow Pages Is Closing the Book on its Bushwick Library

(Photo: Mellow Pages Library Facebook)

(Photo: Mellow Pages Library Facebook)

On Tuesday, Matt Nelson and Jacob Perkins, founders of Bushwick independent library and reading room Mellow Pages, announced on Facebook that their literary hangout, in its current form at least, will cease to exist at the end of the month. They’re making like many writers before them and saying later gator to New York City.

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These Places Have Closed, But ‘Frozen Fantasies’ Are On the Way

IMG_3593Folks, a few closings to note. First off, a B+B reader who tried to go to the East Village location of DBA the other night found it shuttered. A Facebook message assures that, unlike the recent closing of its Williamsburg counterpart, this one won’t be permanent: “Don’t worry! We aren’t closed, we are just renovating…. new LOOS are on the way!”
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Nino’s Pizza Was Closed For Mice, Flies and a Whole Mess of Stuff

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The nitty-gritty details of the health inspection that shuttered Nino’s Pizza are now online, and they are very gritty indeed: the pizzeria on the corner of Avenue A and St. Marks racked up a whopping 109 violation points during an inspection on Wednesday. To put that in perspective, the health department can close restaurants if they score above just 28 on three consecutive inspections.
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Two LES Galleries Get Out of Dodge

Cancel All Our Vows, 2014, installation view. (Photo: Martin Parsekian)

Cancel All Our Vows, 2014, installation view. (Photo: Martin Parsekian)

The art world was infinitely bummed to find out LES’s DODGEgallery will be closing its doors next month, on its fourth anniversary. Founder Kristen Dodge made the announcement via e-mail on March 10th, expressing her gratitude to the gallery’s roster of artists, staff and supporters.
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A Love Letter To Not-Yet-Dead Goodbye Blue Monday From an Open-Mic Regular

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

While I usually look down on eulogizing something that hasn’t yet passed, I thoroughly endorse any preemptive tributes for Goodbye Blue Monday. This isn’t to say that I want or expect the longstanding Bushwick venue to close. The opposite is true: I think anyone who’s ever gigged or killed time there should come out black-veils-and-all and throw money to its piles of twisted scrap-heap metal and forever-untouched records.
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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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Peels Has Closed, and Its Ketchup Will Be Missed

Danny Kim

Photo: Danny Kim

Some loved their biscuits, others hated their unholy wait times but many took to Twitter upon discovering that Peels has unceremoniously closed. For starters, Claire Lobenfeld (@clairevlo) tweeted, “You served the only ketchup that didn’t trigger my mortuusequusphobia” (yes, there’s a word for fear of ketchup). We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the most extreme reactions to the loss of this Bowery brunch spot.
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Shirts & Destroy Leaves the City, But You Can Still Rock Its Tees

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(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Shirts & Destroy – a company that releases tee shirts designed by local artists, tattooers and bands – has closed its Greenpoint store and is leaving the city.

Ryan Begley opened the brick-and-mortar version of his online shop two years ago, but had to close it earlier this month due to – you guessed it – a rent hike. Two of them, actually: one at the shop at 293 Manhattan Ave. and the other at his Lower East Side apartment.
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