Showing posts with label Bluestockings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bluestockings. Show all posts

Friday, December 3, 2021

Details on the Suffolk Street Solidarity fundraiser

Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore and The Clemente Center are hosting a fundraiser on Dec. 8 — in person as well as via live stream. 

Here are some details about the event, held at The Clemente, via the EVG inbox...
Bluestockings has been part of the Lower East Side for 22 years and The Clemente for nearly 30. Bluestockings found a new home during the pandemic, and it's right across from The Clemente on Suffolk Street. We are thrilled to be neighbors and for all the possibilities this opens for us to work together. 
We're marking this new chapter with a joint fundraiser to mutually support each other's work and connect our already overlapping communities.

Speakers: Alok, Rita Indiana, Molly Crabapple, Yin Q, Victoria Law
Performers: Claudi of PincLouds and Choked Up (with Cristy Road)

Raffle Items: We have coveted items and great gifts which include thematically curated bundles from Bluestockings merch, Hardcover coffee table books donated by the Museum of the City of New York, tickets and passes to plays and concerts donated by Teatro SEA, and Arts for Art, and more.

Suffolk Street Solidarity is a celebration of our communities that will support our spaces' continued survival and shared commitment to solidarity work. Our fundraising goal of $70k will be split equally between Bluestockings & The Clemente.
Find ticket information and more information about the fundraiser at this link

The Clemente Center is located at 107 Suffolk St. at Rivington. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Opening day at the new Bluestockings Cooperative on the Lower East Side

The new home for the Bluestockings Cooperative officially opened yesterday at 116 Suffolk St.

The collectively-run activist center, community space and feminist bookstore previously held a successful crowdfunding campaign, which raised more than $100,000 to help Bluestockings build out the space between Rivington and Delancey.

EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped by the space yesterday for an opening-day look...
Bluestockings opened at 172 Allen St. between Stanton and Rivington in 1999... before moving on at the end of last July. 

You can follow the Bluestockings Instagram account for updates. The hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Previously on EV Grieve:
• Today is the last day for Bluestockings on Allen Street; new LES location in the works

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Bluestockings officially reopens Friday in new Lower East Side home

The new home for the Bluestockings Cooperative has its official grand opening on Friday at 116 Suffolk St. between Rivington and Delancey.

Bluestockings shared the info with EVG via Instagram...
The volunteer- and collective-run bookstore and activist space hosted a soft, limited capacity reopening for the holiday season back in November.

A successful crowdfunding campaign, which raised a little more than $100,000, allowed Bluestockings to build out the new home.

Bluestockings opened at 172 Allen St. between Stanton and Rivington in 1999... before moving on at the end of last July. 

You can follow the Bluestockings Instagram account for updates. The hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Previously on EV Grieve:
• Today is the last day for Bluestockings on Allen Street; new LES location in the works

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Bluestockings announce new home on Suffolk Street


[116 Suffolk St.]

Bluestockings, the volunteer- and collective-run bookstore, activist space and fair-trade café, closed its 21-year-old Allen Street location on July 30. At the time, Bluestockings announced that they had a new LES home lined up.

And yesterday, the official word came down via Instagram: Bluestockings now has the keys to 116 Suffolk St. between Rivington and Delancey.

Bluestockings launched a crowdfunding campaign to help build out the new space and "keep providing vital resources to our queer, trans and SWing community."

Per GoFundMe:

Our new space is more than double the size of 172 Allen Street! Accessibility needs are at the forefront of our plans when designing the new space, with a fully ADA-compliant bathroom, expanded café seating, lower café countertops, clear exit paths and wider aisles. We are excited to have more space and need your help to install a platform lift in our cafe area to make sure that our disabled comrades are able to take full advantage of the space.

This extra room also gives us the opportunity to have a much needed area dedicated exclusively to events and meetings for our friends who run book clubs, labor organizers, and anyone else who utilizes Bluestockings as a hub for radical thought.

A much needed technological upgrade.

One of the major issues we have come up against over the years is our very outdated software system. This has made it especially hard to keep up with online orders! To make sure that this isn’t an obstacle going forward, we plan to reopen with a new POS and inventory system to make ordering from Bluestockings as easy as possible.

Bluestockings opened at 172 Allen St. between Stanton and Rivington in 1999. You can follow the Bluestockings Instagram account for updates.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Today is the last day for Bluestockings on Allen Street; new LES location in the works

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Today is the last day for Bluestockings on Allen Street; new LES location in the works



Text and photos by Stacie Joy

Updated 8/8: Bluestockings has a new home here.

As previously reported, Bluestockings, a volunteer- and collective-run bookstore, activist space and fair-trade café, is closing its 21-year-old Allen Street location.

Today (Thursday!) is the last day in business. From noon until 6 p.m. you can support the space by shopping its sidewalk sale and buying books, priced $1 to $5, or filling a bag for $10. Also for sale: fixtures, posters, shelves and equipment.

I stopped by to say goodbye during the sidewalk sale yesterday ...







I was allowed inside to take a last look at the now-empty store, which has been here at 172 Allen St. between Stanton and Rivington since 1999...





"We are negotiating for a new space, only a few blocks away and hope to stay in the neighborhood that fought for us," says Collective member Red Schulte. "We so appreciate our community that has stayed with us through thick and thin. We are committed to the Lower East Side and will stay here for as long as we’re wanted."


[Red Schulte]

They request that you wear a mask when you shop and pay via credit card or Paypal. Online sales will continue on at this link even after this location closes.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Bluestockings is leaving its Allen Street home of 21 years: 'This is not goodbye'



Updated 8/8: Bluestockings has a new home here.

Bluestockings, the collectively owned and volunteer-powered bookstore, cafe and activist center on Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington, is on the move.

They shared the news this morning in posts on Facebook and Instagram:

Due to so many unforeseen circumstances both pandemic-related and otherwise, we must leave our current location at 172 Allen St. in search of a new, more sustainable, accessible and safer home.




The copy reads:

This is not goodbye. This is “wait for our new location announcement,” hopefully soon. The facts are: we have outgrown our space and we want features that better accommodate and center our disabled collective and community. We want ramps and bathrooms and ventilation and chair lifts! We are committed to realizing this for our future home!

Though we wish we were making this decision on our own terms, our decision has been forced by the demands of our landlord for more money and by their inaction on necessary repairs to the structural damage our wild little slice of space has endured over these last 21 years.

With so much afire, we’re evermore committed to doing all we can to keep this project alive and rooted at a physical space (such a rarity in NYC). We know our movements need spaces–to share and grow and learn and build alongside each other.

It’s going to be hard, and take a lot of work. But we’re here for it. We humbly ask for your patience and continued support in the coming weeks and months as we relocate, store and continue our virtual programming.

With all our hearts and guts,

The Bluestockings Collective

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hear the latest work from the author of 'Legends of the Chelsea Hotel' tomorrow night

Author Ed Hamilton, whose work includes "Legends of the Chelsea Hotel," has a new novel coming out titled "Lords of the Schoolyard."

The book is described as "an unflinching depiction of bullying in Suburban America as seen through the eyes of the bullies themselves."

He'll be reading from it (and signing copies afterwards) tomorrow night at 7 at Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. near Stanton Street on the Lower East Side.