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CBGBs Lives! For now

CBGBs, the legendary New York underground club that launched the Ramones among others, gets to stay put for the time being.

An excerpt from the AP story on

CBGB's lease expired in August, with the landlord announcing it wanted the club out after a five-year fight. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office helped reach an agreement that avoided a court battle with the Bowery Residents Committee, a homeless advocacy group that owns the lease on the property.

“It's been little stipulations, back and forth — we agreed, we didn't agree,” said Hilly Kristal, the grizzled owner who opened CBGB in 1973. “We finally got to a point where we agreed with each other.”

BRC executive Muzzy Rosenblatt said the agreement would let his group “concentrate on helping the needy and homeless of New York City.”

The BRC is a nonprofit that houses 250 people above the club, and CBGB is its lone commercial tenant.

The new agreement boosts the rent at the world-renowned rock club to a near-market price of $35,000 (U.S.) a month — up from the old deal's $19,000. It requires Kristal to leave the dingy space by Oct. 31, 2006.

Thu, December 8 2005 » Main Page, Minutiae