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St. Mark’s Bookshop to remain open.

From Publishers’ Lunch:

St. Mark’s Bookshop will remain open after its landlords, Cooper Union, granted a rent reduction after all - but not quite as much as they were seeking. Instead, the store’s rent will be reduced to $17,500 a month for a one-year-period with $7,000 in existing debt immediately forgiven. The school will also provide student help with revising the store’s business plan. St. Mark’s also does not plan to rehire staff at the present time.

"I really thought there wasn’t going to be a deal and that we couldn’t afford to stay here," co-owner Bob Contant told the NYT, but things changed after both sides met with Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, who helped work out the arrangements. "Despite our constraints, we felt it was important to help them because of what their presence means to our community," said Cooper Union president Jamshed Bharucha. "The relief that we’re providing is so that the bookstore can come up with a viable and sustainable business plan, not dependent on further subsidies. That’s the key piece there."

High-res We are crazy, no exaggeration, about the ‘finger paintings’ of Jorge Colombo, often seen on the cover of the New Yorker. Now they’ve been collected in a book. The artist will be at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on Tuesday, October 25th, 7-9pm, for the book launch, which includes a conversation with Jen Bekman.

We are crazy, no exaggeration, about the ‘finger paintings’ of Jorge Colombo, often seen on the cover of the New Yorker. Now they’ve been collected in a book. The artist will be at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on Tuesday, October 25th, 7-9pm, for the book launch, which includes a conversation with Jen Bekman.