Monday, June 17, 2019

Photo exclusive: Take a look inside the former Hells Angels clubhouse on 3rd Street



The remaining members of the Hells Angels moved out of their clubhouse at 77 E. Third St. at the end of March.

As previously reported, No. 77 has new owners (Better Living Properties), who plan to convert the building between First Avenue and Second Avenue into luxury rentals following a $2 million renovation. Preliminary renovation work is apparently underway at No. 77, which the Angels had in their possession since 1969.

The other day, EVG contributor Stacie Joy took a quick tour of the mostly-empty (and rarely seen by outsiders) building.



Stacie said that she saw many of the accessible rooms in the 6-floor building (some spaces were closed off for pending construction). The stagnant air in the building — unoccupied for nearly three months — had a whiff of cat urine and rotting food, she noted.

Here's more from Stacie:

It was also quite dark. A lot of the rooms were heavy on dark drapes and dark wood furniture. Some rooms were painted purple or turquoise, and it seemed like each floor had two bedrooms — like an old-style tenement building. Every floor had multiple portable fireplaces.

The ground-floor garage space was being used to store demolition trash and contracting supplies, but the main space on the ground floor was a bar/lounge with wood paneling and boarded-up windows.

Behind the bar, there had been what looked like surveillance equipment from camera monitors outside. There was also a doorway to a small patio/garden with a picnic table.

The Post previously reported that the building had 16 apartments, and that the rooms were used more as "crash pads" for visiting members rather than full-time residency.

The tour starts in the bar/lounge...







And up the stairs...





... into some of the individual apartments, where discarded furniture remained in some rooms...























... and out back...





There haven't been any reports on where the Hells Angels plan to relocate in NYC. No. 77 reportedly sold for $7.75 million (other reports put the number at $10 million). They first bought the building in the 1970s for $1,900.

Previously on EV Grieve:
After 50 years on the block, the Hells Angels appear to be selling their 3rd Street clubhouse

The Hells Angels have left the East Village

This is what the Hells Angels building sold for

Report: Former Hells Angels HQ will become 22-unit residential building with retail


[EVG photo from early June]

17 comments:

Neighbor said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing Stacie!

Anonymous said...

Very cool peak. If those walls could talk...

Dan said...

Way to go Stacie!

Giovanni said...

It looks like Webster Hall before the renovation. This place is the very definition of the phrase, "It could use a woman's touch."

Anonymous said...

Did they really misspell their own name in that concrete picture?

marjorie ingall said...

Wow, thanks, Stacie!

iamarentstabilizedtenant said...

Sooooooo cool to see inside this building! Thank you Stacie Joy + evgrieve

Anonymous said...

oh man, this is super interesting! I would really like to know what is inside that taped up mattress, or maybe I'm better off not knowing.

Eugenie.nable@gmail.com said...

Duct taped mattress probably fixing up a few knife slices! Yeah, maybe someone had their stash in there, taped, hidden by a mattress cover?

Anonymous said...

Good pictures thanks for posting. I walked by that place so many times (very quickly) and always wondered what it was like inside. It looks like a real clubhouse for the members to chill and relax when they are not on the road riding their hogs. Now it will just be more high price rental apartments for those who can afford them...another step in the never ending gentrification of the LES/EV.

Aaron Wilson said...

So cool!

Carol from E. 5th Street said...

Loved this! Thanks a million!

Gojira said...

A dream fulfilled. Thanks, Stacie and Grieve!

Anonymous said...

Whenever I walked by the clubhouse, and Big Vinnie was outside, he always said 'Howya doin'!' to me. I never stopped to ask him why.

Unknown said...

Great capture

Eden Bee said...

Wow!

Anonymous said...

Scuzzy.