Volume 18 • Issue 16 | September 09 - 15, 2005



Downtown Express photos by Jefferson Siegel


Hey ho, let’s go! — No way!

On the final day of the famous punk music club’s lease at its 315 Bowery location, last Wednesday, a Save CBGB concert rocked Washington Square Park. Public Enemy rappers Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, above, performed and Councilmember Alan Gerson, left, joined hands with Little Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and “The Sopranos.” The club is vowing to fight to stay at its home of almost 30 years, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg recently got involved to try to mediate the situation. But without a lease, it’s seemingly just a matter of time before CBGB is evicted. In a statement on Aug. 31, Muzzy Rosenblatt, executive director of the Bowery Residents’ Committee, which holds the building’s master lease, said they hope the club “will vacate the premises both voluntarily and expeditiously and avoid costly eviction proceedings that will further hinder our 35-year mission to help the homeless. We fully support the mayor’s efforts to find the club a new home, and we will continue to support and work with Mayor Bloomberg and all concerned New Yorkers to end the tragedy of homelessness in New York City.” Gerson, speaking at the concert, stood firmly behind the iconic punk club. “We’re going to keep CBGB here…in Manhattan in New York City,” he said. “And listen to me, mister landlord, the City Council and mayor are united on this. … CBGB, now and forever!”


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