Showing posts with label being depressing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label being depressing. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The end is nearer for Mary Help of Christians

Demolition preparations are picking up at the Mary Help of Christians lot on Avenue A between East 11th Street and East 12th Street... The plywood is up now around the former lot... and some probably-not-random-looking digging has started ...

Until now, work seemed agonizingly slow... the corpses of the buildings standing in recent weeks without windows while waiting for demolition...

[Photo by Shawn Chittle]

Developer Douglas Steiner bought the property last fall for an unspecified residential complex.

All photos by Bobby Williams unless marked.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Permits filed to demolish Mary Help of Christians church, school and rectory

Preservationists call for archeological review of former cemetery at Mary Help of Christians site

Scaffolding arrives for demolition of Mary Help of Christians

Monday, November 24, 2008

CBGB a warehouse in Williamsburg

From the Times today:

Despite what Neil Young says (“Hey, hey, my, my”), rock ’n’ roll not only dies — sometimes it is crated into boxes and shipped off to a mini-storage unit in the industrial wastes of Brooklyn.

That, alas, is the precise and inglorious fate of CBGB, the legendary nightclub that for 33 years brought hardcore bands like Shrapnel and the Meat Puppets — not to mention chaos and cocaine — to the uplifted gormandizers of New York. Like all good things, the famous club (which closed its doors for good in October 2006) came to an end with a savage finality: the bar stashed in a trailer in Connecticut, the awning pawned off on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and much of the rest of it left to molder here, in a dingy 3,000-square-foot Moishe’s moving company storage space in Williamsburg, a stage dive from the Navy Yard.

“It’s sad,” said Louise Parnassa-Staley, who was the nightclub’s manager for 22 years, “but it’s not really dismal. It’s quiet here, you know. And there’s no rats.”

There is grim commentary to be found in the fact that Ms. Parnassa-Staley — who once booked acts like Hatebreed and Cattle Decapitation — now makes business calls for CBGB Fashions, a clothing operation run from the storage unit that sells T-shirts, belt buckles, onesies for kids, even a CBGB dog vest for your poodle. That ghastliness is matched only by the news that the club’s former barman, Ger Burgman, son-in-law of the deceased owner, Hilly Kristal himself, is now the customer service representative for online accounts.

Not to mention the CBGB shop on St. Mark's closed last summer and was replaced by a Red Mango.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A few minutes on the Bowery: Waiting for Lohan ... plus, a few other assorted scenes

From a quick walk: I never actually took the time to stop to admire the ads for Avalon Bowery Place on the side of Avalon Bowery Place. This is exactly the sterile environment in which I want to spend $3K-$4K a month for!

And why do they show Times Square?

Was kind hoping the semi would stop for her.

Fitting. RIP Bowery.

Still life, of sorts.

Lindsay Lohan got away from the paparazzi at the Bowery Hotel. Seriously.

Sad bank balloons. Really makes me want to go open an account.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

EV Grieve Etc. -- the economy is doomed edition

From an op-ed by in today's Post by Nicole Gelinas, a Manhattan Institute fellow:

Our elected leaders have been making long-term spending commitments as if Wall Street would never slow for more than a year or two. But the industry now faces its worst crisis in decades. The city and state must drastically change their approach -- or this crisis could turn into a longterm disaster.

Also: Gov. Paterson will deliver a grim economic address at 5:10 p.m. today in the state Capitol. The speech will be broadcast live on NY1.

Will need to buy the right outfit for this!