Thursday, August 11, 2005

CBGB Legal Reprieve

According to, CBGB is living to charge $6 for a bottle of Bud Light another day:

"NEW YORK’s legendary punk venue CBGB has been given a last-minute legal reprieve in its battle against closure. The club... is involved in a legal dispute with its landlord over $91,000 in unpaid rent increases.

CBGB proprietor, Hilly Kristal, said that it was all down to a book-keeping mix-up, but the Bowery Residents’ Committee, who own the building, were fighting to have him evicted. Civil court judge Joan Kenney refused the eviction petition on Wednesday (August 10), recalling how the neighbourhood had suffered from 'destitution, degradation and substance abuse' before the club opened in 1973.

'CBGB has proven itself worthy of being recognized as a landmark,' she said, and argued that it would be unfair to allow the eviction, as the landlords had not noticed money was owed to them for four years."

Joan Kenney rules.

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