A New York civil court judge said yesterday that CBGB cannot be evicted from its current location, according to AP. Judge Joan Kenney stressed that the landmark club should not be censured for a bookkeeping error, and lauded the club for its positive effects on the once-destitute Bowery neighborhood. “CBGB has proven itself worthy of being recognized as a landmark,” Kenney said, “a rare achievement for any commercial tenant in the ever diverse and competitive real estate market of New York City.”
Before this ruling in favor of the club, there were several concerts in support of the effort to save CBGB. Blondie, the remaining Ramone, Jessie Malin, Steven Van Zandt, and Ted Leo were among those who performed in CBGB benefit concerts. Muzzy Rosenblatt, a spokesperson for the Bowery Residents’ Committee — the current landlord of CBGB — declined to comment on the ruling because he had yet to see it. “All we’re looking for is a responsible tenant,” Rosenblatt stated.
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