St. Mark's Place

St. Mark’s Comics Reopens Next Week, Not on St. Mark’s

Posted July 23, 2021 at 5:03 am

The well-loved comic book store St. Mark’s Comics is getting reissued, just not on St. Mark’s Place. Pow! The moniker “St. Mark’s Comics,” will be kept, but the store’s location is now at Brooklyn’s Industry City. News of this rebirth trickled down a couple months ago, but recent storefront developments have increased chatter about its […]

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GNR’s Slash Pushes City to Rename St. Mark’s Block After Jimmy Webb

Posted December 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

Famed Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash just elevated the petition to rename part of St. Mark’s Place after his late friend, Jimmy Webb. The lead axe-man endorsed the memorial designation in a post to Instagram last week. “How Monumental Would This Be!? Jimmy Left His Mark On St Marks!!! What a Way To Honor An […]

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Neighbors Petition to Co-Name Part of St. Mark’s Place for Late Punk Icon Jimmy Webb

Posted October 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

If neighbors are successful, a section of St. Mark’s Place will be named for the late Jimmy Webb. There is a grassroots campaign afoot to co-name the corner for the neighborhood stalwart. Webb spent two decades on this block working for Trash & Vaudeville, before departing to create I Need More on Orchard Street. The […]

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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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