[Headless Spidey on 2nd Avenue via Derek Berg]
The year of the mom-and-pop shop? (Town & Village) ... and Councilmember Annabel Palma on the Small Business Jobs and Survival Act (Town & Village)
How proposed zoning changes may impact small-business owners (Gotham Gazette)
A look at plans for the new-look Bluestockings Bookstore (BoweryBoogie)
Sheldon Silver's sentencing date scheduled for April 13 (The Lo-Down)
Izakaya on East Sixth Street closing next month, will reopen with new chef (Eater)
Praise for the all-day breakfast sandwiches at C&B Cafe on East Seventh Street near Avenue B (Gothamist)
A Jack Kirby Museum for the Lower East Side? (BoweryBoogie)
Lenny Kaye on the 40th anniversary of "Horses" (The Village Voice)
Dinner with Christo in Tompkins Square Park (Gog in NYC)
A wide-ranging interview with R.B. Korbet, of the late, great proto-hardcore band Even Worse (Flaming Pablum)
... and a music break with Even Worse live at the Peppermint Lounge circa 1982...
NYPL adds more vintage pics to its digital collection (Curbed)
Interview with Meryl Meisler, who has a new book of photos titled "Purgatory & Paradise: Sassy '70s Suburbia and The City." (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)
Onetime home of Britney Spears at 14 E. Fourth St. (aka the Silk Building) is on the market for $7.6 million (Curbed)
When the Beastie Boys covered the Beatles' 1965 track "I'm Down" (Dangerous Minds)
Pizza Rat may have been a hoax (Gothamist)
Pierogi Gallery moving to Suffolk Street because the LES is less mainstream than Williamsburg (Artforum ...Brooklyn Paper)
The No Pants Subway Ride is Sunday (DNAinfo)
From the Listicle Department: NYC is the 15th most bedbug-infested city in America (BoingBoing)
Cat cafe movie nights on Clinton Street (DNAinfo)
Staff picks for the best music of 2015 (Other Music)
...and several EVG readers noted the arrival of this offer from Virgola, which recently opened on East Seventh Street...
... and continued evidence of an alien invasion... as noted by EVG
It starts, as it always does, with the crop circles in the Tompkins Square Dog Run...
...then there are signals in the sky...
... and then the pods arrive on St. Mark's Place...