The crowd after Fontana's final concert, on the basement stage, 3/20 at 2:30 a.m. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The crowd after Fontana’s final concert, on the basement stage, 3/20 at 2:30 a.m. (Photo: Nick McManus)

On Sunday, the Lower East Side bid a tearful adieu to Fontana’s. And we do mean tearful. “There was a lot of crying men,” said owner Holly Ferrari. “Really crying — men with long hair and beards, all weeping.” You guessed it: A massive rent hike forced Ferrari and co-owners, Mary Finn and Deannie Wheeler, to shutter their beloved bar and music venue after 11 years on Eldridge Street. We poured out a little happy-hour Jameson for our homegirls and got on the phone with Ferrari.

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