The Day | A Mars Bar Farewell

Phillip Kalantzis Cope

Good morning, East Village.

Mars Bar will host a farewell party on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with live performances by Daddy Long Legs and Nouvellas. Is this the end for the famous dive bar? EV Grieve ponders some recent rumors, including one that says the bar closed for good last Sunday. Curbed has heard it will remain open until the spring before giving way to a 12-story, 60-unit apartment building.

Bowery Beef, a roast beef sandwich shop modeled after a legendary Boston joint called Harrison’s, is set to open in the Bowery Poetry Club by the end of next week, according to the Village Voice’s Fork in the Road blog. Bagels and lox will be served starting at 7 a.m. and $5 roast beef sandwiches from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EV Grieve asked Ray LeMoine, one of the owners of Bowery Beef, a few questions about the East Village’s new addition.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York catches up with Jane Young, a local artist and community activist who was instrumental in the efforts to save 35 Cooper Square. Get her take on how the demolition of the building would affect the East Village’s identity.

City Room reports that, according to the latest poll, 44 percent of New Yorkers believe Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is doing an excellent or good job. Though nowhere near the 68 percent approval he reached in October 2008 at the height of his popularity, the newest number is seven points up from early last month for the mayor, who, incidentally, is a fan of The New Yorker’s depiction of him as a modern-day Narcissus.