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May 27, 2014 Bucky Turco

Massimo Vignelli, titan of graphic design, passed away today at the age of 83. Vignelli was responsible for modernizing the look of New York City’s subway signage, and created iconic branding for companies like Bloomingdales, American Airlines, among others. A few weeks ago, after hearing that Vignelli was terminally ill, and that his son Luca […]

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May 24, 2014 Marina Galperina

“I’m going out on top,” East Village Radio general manager Peter Ferraro said, ushering the final guests of the last broadcast into the booth with a friendly shove. “We’re going out our way… our way.” After eleven years of free broadcasting, the station went off the air last night, with the rising rents and licensing fees to blame. Adjacent Lil’ Frankie’s […]

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May 23, 2014 Andy Cush

After 11 years of broadcasting, East Village Radio will sign off permanently at midnight tonight. According to CEO Frank Prisinzano, the station could no longer afford the costs of licensing music. As Ev Grieve notes, Prisinzano and general manager Peter Ferraro have taken to Facebook and Twitter for suggestions on EVR’s last song. My humble suggestion: […]

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April 22, 2014 Andy Cush

Pearl Paint, the art-supply store that’s been standing on Canal Street for 50 years, closed its doors for good last week. Its iconic red-and-white building was put up for sale (and possible demolishment) two weeks ago. This morning, several patrons who hadn’t heard the news showed up to buy supplies. One lady, with McDonald’s all […]

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Andy Cush

Kim’s Video & Music is closing its First Avenue location, according to a sign in the window and a post on Facebook. Previously, the East Village mini-chain had spots on St. Mark’s Place, Avenue A, and Bleecker Street, all of which were shuttered over the last decade. No word on a date, or whether they’re […]

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March 24, 2014 Andy Cush

Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, frontman of GWAR, was found dead in his home yesterday. He was 50 years old. “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” GWAR bassist Mike Bishop said of his bandmate. “He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. […]

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February 24, 2014 Bucky Turco

Harold Ramis, a giant of 80s comedies is dead at the age of 69. He’s credited as the writer of cult classics such as Animal House, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, the latter of which he also acted in. In that film he played Egon, who prophetically declared that “print is dead” in 1984. He’s also famously […]

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February 2, 2014 Bucky Turco

He was 46-years-old. (Illustration: Michael Weinfeld) […]

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January 28, 2014 Bucky Turco

American folk singer, social activist, and all around righteous person Pete Seeger passed away on Monday at the age of 94. There are countless reasons he mattered like when he stood up to Congress during his appearance before the Un-American Activities Committee–yes that was the actual name. Like many entertainers, he was told to appear […]

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