The Day | A New Petition for St. Mark’s Bookshop

Jamie Larson Yesterday, Cooper Union students tried to run a string from the school’s newest building to its oldest building across the street, but their plans were disrupted. This was the scene shortly after a bus drove into the string and brought it down.

After yesterday’s disappointing developments, Jeremiah’s Vanishing wants to send Cooper Union a message: It has launched a petition stating, “If St. Mark’s Bookshop is forced to close due to Cooper Union’s high rent, we will boycott any business that moves into its space at 31 Third Avenue in New York City.” As of this writing, the petition had garnered more than half of its desired 50 signatures.

The Times and the Daily News have more on the protesters that marched to Union Square. The Local was on the scene last night.

Bowery Boogie, Runnin’ Scared, According 2 G, Slamxhype, Freshness, Arrested Motion and the Lo-Down have shots of the new mural by FAILE that’s up at Houston Street and Bowery. Meanwhile a little south, the New Museum’s Carsten Höller survey opened to the public yesterday, and Gothamist has video of the centerpiece, a 102-foot-long slide, being installed.

EV Grieve points out that Casimir is hosting burlesque nights and transforming its lounge into a fondue-only “mini-restaurant.”

According to City Biz Real Estate, the six-story building at 68-70 Second Ave (also known as 86 East Fourth Street) has sold for $8.7 million.

And today’s celebrity cameo: Starpulse posts video of supermodel Bar Rafaeli record shopping at A-1 Records on East Sixth Street.