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After Escaping Ground Zero, John Vaccaro Became a Villager Again

Before he was forced to leave his home above Mars Bar, John Vaccaro was forced to flee his home blocks away from Ground Zero. This is his story.

Thank You, East Village

A mosaic of 160 people who make the East Village what it is.

Jonas Mekas on His Mars Bar Movie

The legendary filmmaker talks about what Mars Bar meant to him. Plus, a review of his new documentary.

The East Village Remembers 9/11

We asked East Villagers: What was their strongest memory of 9/11? How did it change them, and America? What did they lose – or gain – because of it?

The Day | Staying in the Shade

A roundup of news articles and blogposts related to the East Village, including items about the continuing high temperatures and an honor for the firefighters of Ladder Company 3.

A Mars Bar Neighbor Ready to Move On

John Vaccaro, who lives above Mars Bar, has made peace with its imminent closing – and the loss of his home – and is prepared to move on.

Mourning A Loss Beyond Mars Bar

The Local interviews John Vaccaro, a resident of stretch of a properties – which includes the Mars Bars – slated for renovation.

Committee Approves Housing Plan

The housing committee of Community Board 3 tonight endorsed a proposal to renovate a string of properties along a stretch of Second Avenue and turn them into a new mixed-income development. The move also brings the temporary closure of the iconic Mars Bar, which is located on one of the properties, a bit closer to becoming a reality.