After months of negotiating leases and battles with their landlord, CBGBs is still without a new lease and is continuing the search for help. Although some time was recently bought by the Manhattan Court ruling in favor of CBGBs, the impending doom is still lurking in the shadows for the club. Granted the club does not owe back rent, but they are building up enormous legal fees and the BRC (Bowery Residents Committee) is appealing the original court’s ruling. Starting this Thursday, CBGBs may have to fight an eviction process.
The club is not only asking for your money, but also to get the word out and support them as well. With word of mouth being one, if not the, most important forms of press, please do your part. All money donated to save CBGBs will be used only for the purpose of saving the club. All additional funds will be donated to the homeless once this dispute is settled.
Eight Ways To Support CBGBs:
01. Donate a few bucks to Save CBGB to help with legal bills.
02. Contribute through going to one of their benefit concerts
03. Contribute through their online auction (tons of items going up tonight!)
04. Contact the Mayors office. (See draft letter below)
05. Write New York Newspapers Editors and tell them why CBGBs is important to you (please include your name and contact info so they will know it is you)
06. Ask all of your friends to sign the save cbgb petition (they delivered over 30,000 signatures to the Mayor of New York)
07. Wear your CBGB shirts (new or old) this week to show your support
08. E-mail all your friends to take action!
Contacting The Mayor's Office:
The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
New York, N.Y. 10007
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
We ask that you use your influence to ensure that CBGB's receives a new lease from the Bowery Resident's Committee (BRC) that has been unwilling to negotiate a new lease.
As you maybe aware, Judge Kenney ruled in a Manhattan Civil Court last week, that CBGBs does not owe the BRC money - and yet the BRC still refuses to sign a new lease.
CBGB's is not only a cultural icon, it is an important and vibrant tourist destination, and a live music venue for over 75 bands every week! Furthermore, the rock bands it develops includes: legends like the Ramones, Blondie, B52s, Talking Heads to modern day bands like Strokes, Bouncing Souls, Goo Goo Dolls, and Thursday.
CBGBs evolving art and music have helped generate thousands of jobs for the city while the BRC is non-profit charity almost exclusively funded by the city and state.
It would be inappropriate for taxpayer money to be used to evict this important NYC landmark. Thank you for your time and consideration.
(please include your name, address, and phone number so the Mayor's office knows you are a real person that cares)!
Other ways to contact the Mayor:
Please call the Mayor's Office directly at: 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC or 311 in NYC. You can also FAX your letter to Mayor Bloomberg at: (212) 788-2460.
The benefit shows are going great and it is amazing to see so many bands coming together and helping the cause.
Save CBGB Campaign Today (Save CBGB T-shirt designed by Ramones Artist Arturo Vega)
Dozens of new items will be posted tonight! Autographed items by: Sting, Motorhead, Anti-Flag, The Bangles, Elvis Costello, and many many more - visit the online auction!