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Village Works, the gallery, bookstore and artist space, has a new East Village home.
Founder Joseph Sheridan had been looking for a new storefront after his lease at 90 E. Third St., just west of First Avenue, was set to expire — this after an unsustainable rent increase.
Later this spring, Village Works will debut at 12 St. Mark's Place between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.
With the additional space, Sheridan will also be able to offer café service.
Here's more via an Instagram post yesterday:
We found a new space and want to thank everyone for their support! This is what can happen when a forward-thinking landlord, a community and a small independent business work together to make sure storefronts continue to flourish in NYC. Small businesses keep our streets vibrant and safe and are the reflection of individual dreams, instead of corporate needs.Appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve our community, while continuing our dream of a space reflecting NYC culture on the best street ever for that, St. Mark's Place! Thank you so much and may everyone else never give up and fulfill their own visions for themselves and their community.
The landmarked building was the first home of the German-American Shooting Society Clubhouse in the 1880s.
More recently, St. Mark's Bookshop was here, moving around the corner to Third Avenue and Stuyvesant Street in 1994... and in the past few years, the space has been a variety of concepts, some more forgettable than others.
Meanwhile, Village Works continues to crowdfund to help make the move.
This is good news!
Fantastic store now able to spread out and reach more readers and livers of nyc culture
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