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The Day | St. Mark’s Bookshop On the Move? - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


The Day | St. Mark’s Bookshop On the Move?


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Good morning, East Village.

According to Crain’s, St. Mark’s Bookshop is looking to move on despite its recent rent break. The embattled bookstore “is hoping to move out of its current home when its rent goes up toward the end of this year.” Co-owner Bob Contant says, “We’d like to stay in the East Village. We understand the print book business has declined, but we’re still doing enough business to keep going, if we had a smaller space with less rent.”

Fear not: even if the Bookshop moves, we’ve still got The Readery! Billy Farrell Agency posts some shots from the party at the Standard East Village for the hotel’s new book nook. Socialites like Tinsley Mortimer, Kristian Laliberte, and others were in attendance.

The Lo-Down takes a nice long look at the issue of chain stores in the Lower East Side, and Meghan Joye, co-chair of the Community Board 3’s economic development committee gives some indication of what the board is thinking as far as the rezoning measures they’ve discussed. She “said most members of the panel are uneasy about using zoning to limit national chain stores. A better solution, she suggested, might be taking some inspiration from those Seward Park residents. A first step would be conducting a large-scale community survey to find out what types of stores people need and want.”

Clayton Patterson tells Animal he regrets the time he drove a gunshot victim to the hospital and failed to photograph his wound. “So I look back at Tony… It’s about the size of my little finger, this burnt hole — like a cigarette burn in a white sweater, white acrylic sweater. I thought, “Ohhhh, I should take a photograph.” And I just never did it.”