Neighborhood Spotlight: Monk Thrift Shop

Monk Thrift Shop is off the Park on MacDougal Street en route to West 8th. The shop has vintage and contemporary clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, tchotchkes (knick knacks), and more. Although it’s received mixed reviews on Yelp, I find it a fun place to walk in and explore. It’s obviously surviving, unlike many on troubled West 8th Street, and it’s eclectic in a city increasingly homogenized so probably a good idea to support it. Plus they have these fabulous ruby red slippers, a la Dorothy, in their window right now!

Ruby Red Slippers at Monk

They also take donations and will give you a tax receipt, so, if you don’t know what to do with some old something or other, here’s a place to bring it. They are open every day 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., except Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Monk Thrift Shop
175 MacDougal Street (betw. Wash Square North and W. 8th Street)
#212/533-0553

Washington Square Literary Journal Reading Series Event Tonite, Saturday, February 26th, Free, Near the Square

Washington Square Literary Journal, the journal edited by graduate students at NYU in the Creative Writing Program, has a lively and active reading series. The events are hosted primarily in locations around Washington Square. Upcoming schedule here.

Tonight, Saturday, February 26th, at 7 p.m., they will be celebrating the release of the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of the new edition of Washington Square. The event is free, open to the public and there will be beer provided by the Brooklyn Brewery, co-sponsor of the event!

Featured readings by contributors Timothy Donnelly, Deborah Landau, and Adam Wilson.

Location: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Getting there by train: A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th Street-Washington Square