Seven days after its lease expired, legendary New York rock club CBGB received an eviction notice from its landlord — a move the club’s owner predicted yesterday (Sept. 8) would move the bitter fight over the venue’s future into the courtroom.
“This was expected,” said CBGB owner Hilly Kristal. “We were hoping it would come. Now it becomes a court battle.”
The eviction notice was served Wednesday evening. The building landlord, the nonprofit homeless advocacy group the Bowery Resident’s Committee, reiterated its call for CBGB to “vacate the premises both voluntarily and expeditiously.”
BRC executive director Muzzy Rosenblatt confirmed the eviction notice was served, but declined to comment further.
Just hours before the club’s lease expired at midnight on Aug. 31, the BRC announced it would not renew the agreement after a five-year fight over the monthly $19,000 rent. The BRC, which holds a 45-year lease on the building, houses 250 homeless people above the club. CBGB is its lone commercial tenant.
Through it all, CBGB has vowed to remain open and has shows scheduled throughout September.