We feared the worst when 75 St. Mark's Place went on the market last fall. Aside from several apartments, the building is home to the beloved Holiday Cocktail Lounge, whose future seemed shaky ever since its owner, Stefan Lutak, died two years ago.
Meanwhile, the Holiday is on next month's CB3/SLA agenda under new license applications. Suspicious, given that they already have a license.
Well. Turns out the building in in contract...
A well-place tipster notes that the Holiday as we know it will close after Saturday night. "Locks will be changed immediately."
We understand that another bar will take its place. What happens to the current appearance is unknown.
Per the tipster: "Another EV historical institution gone."
And now, a walk-off passage from an article by former East Village resident Mike Hudson in the Niagra Falls Reporter a few years back:
[L]ike many Manhattan dives the Holiday Lounge had its writers.
For years Allen Ginsberg had a large apartment in a building almost directly across the street, and he and other Beat writers like Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso and Herbert Huncke spent considerable time with the bookies, dope dealers, working girls and alcoholics for whom the Holiday was a second home.
adm on Flickr via JVNY]
For further reading:
Holiday Cocktail Lounge (Jeremiah's Vanishing NY)