Mars Bar, East Village Dive Favorite, Faces Uncertain Future

EAST VILLAGE -- Legendary East Village dive Mars Bar could shutter in a matter of months under a plan to redevelop a Second Avenue site into mixed-income housing that received initial approval from the local community board Wednesday.

The project, which includes the construction of a new 12-story building at the corner of East 1st Street, requires the notoriously dingy saloon to close for at least two years with the option of reopening in a space as much as four times its current size at the same location.