St. Mark's Bookshop Has Moved to East 3rd Street, Won't Be Called East 3rd Bookshop

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The new location at 136 E. Third Street
It's been coming for a long time, but it still doesn't quite lessen the sting: St. Mark's Bookshop has moved from its longtime location on 3rd Avenue. The venerable bookseller had been battling its landlord, Cooper Union, for a number of years, trying without success to keep the school from raising their rent. But they are not, repeat, not gone for good: they've got a new shop location in the East Village, at 136 E. Third Street, between Avenue A and 1st Avenue. The move was made possible in part by an IndieGoGo campaign; bereaved book-lovers donated almost $52,000 to help out.

The bookshop staff reports on Facebook that they probably won't re-open until next week, the week of July 7. In the meantime, no one is mourning their departure from 3rd Avenue quite as keenly as Jeremiah Moss of Jeremiah's Vanishing New York. Moss petitioned passionately to save the bookshop when it was first endangered back in 2011. He notes that the store left behind a lovely Ted Berrigan poem in their window to say goodbye. And he's written St. Mark's a love letter of his own, which made us just a little prickly behind the eyes.

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Persistent Thieves Steal Vaporizers From St. Mark's Head Shop

The above surveillance tape from Smoking Tattoos on St. Mark's shows the theft of four vaporizers after repeated visits to the store by a group of young people. The Local Blog over at the Times obtained the footage, in which you can clearly see the group milling about and plotting their theft. Why can't those shoplifters just sell their gold 4 cash and buy a vaporizer like the rest of us?

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The Fate of St. Mark's Bookshop Could Be Decided Today [Update]

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St. Mark's Bookshop has fallen on hard times lately, inspiring a local campaign to pressure landlord Cooper Union to lower the rent from $20,000/month to a more manageable $15,000. Otherwise, the store might have to close.

According to a letter from the Cooper Square Committee, today is the day that Cooper Union's board will decide whether or not to lower the rent -- essentially deciding the fate of the bookshop.

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Last St. Mark's Porn Shop Closes Its Doors

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East Village porn fans take note: The last porn shop on St. Mark's, Cherries -- the storefront of which was featured on SNL's intro for a while back in 2010 -- is saying goodbye to its St. Mark's home. The adult film and gift shop located at 18 St. Mark's Place, situated quaintly next to a yogurt emporium, had put up 50 percent off signs recently and closed shortly thereafter.

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