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RackedWire: The Strand Turns 80 & More!

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Photo of The Strand via Flickr/Eric_Waggoner

EAST VILLAGE—The Strand, beloved indie bookstore and New York institution, celebrated its 80th anniversary this weekend. The store opened in 1927 on Fourth Avenue and moved to its current location in the late 50s. According to Gawker, the party was a hot, sweaty event attended by many boldface names—Frank McCourt, Nora Ephron, Fran Lebowitz, Kurt Andersen—though among the scheduled speakers there were quite a few no shows. [Gawker]

CHELSEA/MEPA—Has the dust finally settled in the now-vacant Lucy Barnes store at 320 W 14th Street only to be stirred up again by a yet-as-named new tenant? From a reader, "What’s going on at the spot of the old Lucy Barnes store on the south side of 14th between 8th and 9th? The place is vacant and it looks like they knocked down some of the exterior." Your guess is as good as ours. [Racked Inbox]