St. Mark's Place

NYC Nightlife Lobby Seeks Overthrow of Cuomo Phase 2 Executive Order

Posted June 22, 2020 at 5:02 am

Governor Cuomo last week signed an executive order that updates operating guidelines for food and beverage establishments as the city claws back to life today with Phase 2. But the nightlife industry is already pushing back. The statewide mandate essentially makes liquor licensed establishments responsible for ensuring compliance with open container, social distancing, and face […]

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State Pols Angered by Lack of Social Distancing, Reconsider to-go Alcohol Sales for Bars

Posted June 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

By now you’ve seen it. Footage of St. Mark’s Place flooded with people, drinking and socializing as if on Bourbon Street. Nary a face mask or furlong of distance between. These scenes in the East Village over the weekend – and also in Hell Square on the Lower East Side – went viral with pundits […]

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Gem Spa is out of Business, Long Live Gem Spa

Posted May 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Gem Spa is closed forever. Long live Gem Spa. After weeks of rumors, the iconic corner bodega at St. Mark’s and 2nd Avenue announced yesterday afternoon that COVID-19 killed its business, which had already been reeling from a year of financial setbacks due losing their license to sell tobacco products. Parul Patel, who has been […]

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Help Support Gem Spa on St. Mark’s Place Tomorrow

Posted September 13, 2019 at 5:06 am

A perfect storm of misfortune has plagued the Gem Spa these last few months, causing a precipitous loss in business. From landlord issues to the temporary ban on cigarette sales and the loss of Zoltar, it’s hitting the bottom line. Fear of forever closure is palpable at 131 Second Avenue. The plight of the East […]

Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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You Have Until Saturday to See ‘The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini’

Posted November 5, 2018 at 5:09 am

You had us at Houdini. Throw in a séance, a water tank, and a disputed death, and we were completely hooked. We were already longtime fans of artist, writer and producer Cynthia von Buhler’s work (The Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning, The Brothers Booth, The Illuminati Ball), so when we heard that her latest immersive […]

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Feltman’s Hot Dogs Outgrows its Space at Theatre 80, Leaves St. Mark’s

Posted October 2, 2018 at 5:09 am

The Feltman’s hot dog stand on St. Mark’s Place closed down yesterday, a victim of its own success. Owner Michael Quinn, who revived the Coney Island classic two years ago, announced last Friday that the kiosk has “outgrown” the space at Theatre 80 and is now discontinued. When asked about a stand-alone brick-and-mortar in the […]

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Stickball on St. Mark’s [PHOTOS]

Posted July 13, 2018 at 5:06 am

During halftime of the Russia-Croatia World Cup Match last Saturday afternoon, a crew of East Villagers took over St. Mark’s (at Avenue A) for a game of stickball. Bases drawn, pitches thrown, and traffic interrupted. And, like a scene plucked from Wayne’s World, exclamations of “car” and “game on” were myriad. They certainly enjoyed the […]

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Listen to the Sound of the City, Circa 1929 [VIDEO]

Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:07 am

It’s rather common to see old black-and-white photos and footage of New York City from the early 20th Century. The quality of this old media tends to convey a nostalgic quaintness about a time vastly different from the present. So much so, that it seems crazy to think that life happened in color during these […]

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Downtown Comes Uptown: Visiting the ‘Club 57’ Exhibit at MoMA

Last modified November 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

The East Village of the late ’70s and early ’80s never ceases to fascinate. Maybe it’s because that was the era when downtown New York really felt like a separate city, filled with struggling artists and performers who were more interested in making their art than in getting famous. It was a time when people […]

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