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November 27, 2014 • FREE Volume 4 • Number 27

St. Mark’s Bookshop is starting another chapter at new E. Third St. home BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC


BOOKSHOP, continued on p. 13

Mendez is not sold on Chin’s 10-cent ‘tax’ on single-use bags BY GERARD FLYNN


o doubt this Thanksgiving week, festive-minded New Yorkers will add significantly to the burden of the estimated 1,700 tons of plastic bags the city’s Department of Sanitation collects weekly. But not everyone is buying into the proposal for a


an a business be at square one after 37 years? For Bob Contant and Terry McCoy, the owners of St. Mark’s Bookshop, now at its fourth location, the answer is yes. “We’re really in a startup situation here,” Contant

said. “We moved out of our old neighborhood. This is an entirely different neighborhood and it takes time for people to discover you.” The new store has been at its new location, 136 E. Third St. near Avenue A, since July 19. St. Mark’s Bookshop was forced to move from its pre-

10-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags in convenience stores, supermarkets and delis around the city, proposed recently in the City Council by co-sponsors Margaret Chin and Brad Lander. In fact, the proposal is causing progressive legislators to butt heads. Dennis Phandular, for BAGS, continued on p. 3

Chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” protesters decrying the decision on the Michael Brown shooting marched down East Houston St. Tuesday evening, blocking traffic — including a police car, which had to back out — at Avenue A. See pages 14-15 for more photos.

Chico loses Loisaida wall to Brooklyn/N.J. upstarts BY SARAH FERGUSON


s RCN whitewashing Loisaida culture and history? Celebrated street artist Antonio “Chico” Garcia and the community group Loisaida Inc. are crying foul after the company nixed their plan to create a mural celebrating L.E.S. “heroes” on the RCN cable building on Avenue C. Chico says he’s been painting that particular wall for the last 25 years. But he ran afoul of the fiber-op-

tic service provider (which leases the property) back in 2008, when he threw up an unauthorized subtle endorsement of Barack Obama for president, with the phrase “America Make the Right Choice.” Obama was on the right in the mural, while his opponent, John McCain, was on the left, next to an exploding oil well. After Obama won, Chico made the endorsement perfectly clear, changing it to read “America Made the Right Choice.”

Although it garnered plenty of news coverage, RCN execs didn’t appreciate the mural’s partisan sentiment and had the Obama mural painted over in 2010. The blank wall quickly became an eyesore — covered in graffiti tags and grimy fliers. So last June, Chico came up with the idea for a new mural to memorialize 15 “pioneers” of art and activism on the Lower East Side. “I wanted to paint the heLOISAIDA, continued on p. 23

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NOV. 27, 2014 East Villager  

NOV. 27, 2014 East Villager

NOV. 27, 2014 East Villager  

NOV. 27, 2014 East Villager