The Day | Tech Drain at 36 Cooper Square

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Our photographer Noah Fecks noticed a sign, as did EV Grieve, on the door of Affaire on Avenue B indicating that the lounge has been closed by the Department of Health for operating without a permit. We’ll let you know when we have more.

Foursquare isn’t the only tech start-up moving out of 36 Cooper Square. The Atlantic notes that Curbed and Hard Candy Shell are also leaving the building that was the birthplace of the Hartz Mountain pet supplies empire and is still home to the Village Voice. Kevin Kearney, the CEO of Hard Candy Shell, says, “I think that now the people are leaving there’s not gonna be anything left. I think we all would’ve stayed if we could’ve figured out how it worked. If The Village Voice had finally gone under, we could’ve taken over.”

A blog in the Curbed network, Racked, reminds us that later today, Bedlam Bar at 40 Avenue C will host the Bright Young Things Holiday Market: “Markdowns go up to 50% off, and participating designers include Bijules, Chrishabana, and Mary Meyer. There’s an open vodka bar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Becka Diamond and Nicolette Santos of the Six Six Sick Girls will DJ.”

The Make blog has more about the new Lower Eastside Girls Club building and its airstream trailer cum internet radio station. The building will also have a planetarium, “which will span two floors and be used by local public school kids as well as participants in an after school program.”

In an animated film posted by Dangerous Minds, John Cohen remembers an encounter with Harry Smith on the Bowery during which the musicologist and filmmaker faked convulsions in order to score booze.

Diner’s Journal has more about the Greek restaurant that will replace Heartbreak on the corner of Second Street and Second Avenue. It’ll be called Boukies (or “bites”) when it opens in March.

Grub Street reveals that at the new Acme, Evanly Schindler, the founder of BlackBook and former president of Interview, will install a gallery in the basement.