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The Millennium Film Work Shop

66 East 4th Street
The Millennium Film Work Shop 1 Film East Village

Established in the 1960's, Millennium has long been dedicated to the independent filmmaker. They began as one of the many art workshops initiated by St. Marks Church and the New School back when the East Village was fraught with cultural dissension. When Millennium was more established and became an independent organization, they once occupied the space that now houses Anthology Film Archive, which reminds us that the buildings in this area have such a rich history. Today, La Mama owns the building that Millennium Film Workshop has rented since 1974. With the emphasis placed on experimental film, an assortment of opportunities are offered to people in the industry including screenings, workshops and lively discussions on cinema - both past and present. The Millennium Film Journal, another production of the film collective, is the longest-running avant-garde, independent and experimental film journal in existence.

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Pageant Print Shop’s entirely glass storefront bordered by light blue is instantly eye-catching and proudly displays the treasure within. Inside its bright, buttercream interior, an immense assortment of old prints and maps line every wall and fill neatly-labeled display racks. This sanctuary of beautiful historical pieces was created by Sidney Solomon and Henry Chafetz in 1946. It was originally one of the many second-hand book stores on Fourth Avenue, an area that was then known as “Book Row. ” Now under the leadership of Sidney’s daughters, Shirley and Rebecca, Pageant Print Shop primarily sells old prints and is thriving at its current 4th Street location. Having worked with historic pieces her whole life, Shirley knows how to get the best prints. She has amassed her impressive collection from antique book auctions as well as other various sources that she has built up over the years. Roger, who has been working at Pageant Print Shop for over a decade, told Manhattan Sideways that “what we are looking for are old books with the bindings broken that are really not in very good shape on the outside, but still have good quality prints, maps, or illustrations on the inside. ” Although they search for old books based on the contents within, the shop also sells the old bindings for creatives looking to make decoupage and other fun art projects. Pageant Print Shop is definitely a fixture in the East Village, and in the words of Roger, is “one of those neighborhood jams. ” They enjoy “a loyal group of people that have been coming here for eons, " tourists looking for something authentically New York City, and neighborhood people walking by. He told us that newcomers are often “surprised that they are able to buy a piece of history, ” and return for more of their authentic, beautiful, and historic prints. Pageant Print Shop is unique in its extensive, high quality, and affordable selection. Roger affirmed that “It’s going to be hard for you to find someone who has this kind of a collection at these kinds of prices — it’s just true. ”