Nabe News: May 10

Posted on: May 10th, 2010 at 1:35 pm by

Subway swap, Mast Bookshop, and more Grand Street demolition, all in today’s neighborhood news roundup!

Mars Bar a bit friendlier with its welcoming graffiti [EV Grieve]

Before the Queensboro Bridge (aka 59th Street Bridge) opened in 1909, City officials actually had another name in mind for the span. Blackwell’s Island Bridge [Ephemeral NY]

On June 28, the W and V trains will be phased out, with the M line replacing the latter.  The MTA is in scramble mode to ensure that all subway maps and station signs are properly updated with minimal confusion to straphangers.  Good luck with that [NY Times via Daily Intel]

The fallout from the Grand Street Fire shows no signs of slowing.  289 Grand Street, at the southwest corner of Eldridge, will soon get the axe.  Apparently the landlord terminated the leases and is seeking demolition due to hazardous living conditions [Lo-Down; Previously]

The new Avenue A used bookshop has a name – Mast Bookshop.  Jeremiah has the early word on their selection, “The bookshop already has a steady crowd, and the selection is good. Alphabetically, in the Fiction section, you’ll find bunches of Auster, Bellow, Bukowski, Carver, DeLillo, Hemingway, Murakami, Pynchon, Roth, Woolf, Yates.” [Vanishing NY]

When bombs talk, people listen [Neither More Nor Less]

Jazz singer Lena Horne died yesterday at the age of 92.  The pioneering crossover artist and civil rights activist was known for her signature song, “Stormy Weather.” [Gawker]

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