The legendary rock venue’s owner, Hilly Kristal, says he will pack up stickers, urinals and all and move to Las Vegas when his Bowery lease expires on October 31, and will reopen there early next year.
Kristal said he was still looking for space in New York, but everything’s been too expensive. “I looked at a space on Second Avenue that was 2,005 square feet. They were asking $11,000 a month. This place is 14,000 square feet.” Kristal has to move following a rent dispute with his landlord, the Bowery Residents’ Mission, a nonprofit homeless organization. The city offered to help him find a space and pointed him to a vacant Essex Street Market building on the Lower East Side, but the renovations were prohibitively expensive.