The Cock has moved its trademark neon rooster up a few blocks and it’s now glowing/crowing atop the former home of Lit Lounge. After going two rounds in what might be called a cockfight with Community Board 3, it looks like the gay bar and East Village institution has emerged with its feathers unruffled. Last night, the Oh, Fuck You Honey party was in full swing in the basement, which looks pretty much exactly like it did before Lit closed in July, with the notable addition of some gogo dancers, a shirtless bartender, and some red light bulbs strung up on the ceiling.
Ryan McGinley’s seventh opening at Team Gallery was just like all the others: at any given moment, there were just as many people on Grand Street as in the gallery – a fact that did not go unnoticed by the uniformed and undercover cops who rolled by to tell the mob of downtown scenesters to clear the sidewalk and bike lane.
We waited with bated breath last week for what we expected to be an epic reopening of Lit Lounge. Last month the bar, which is nearing its end of days in the East Village, posted on Facebook that “after a much needed deep cleaning and even more crucial maintenance and repairs,” the place would reopen on Friday, September 11. But that date came and went, and the gates at the downtown institution remained down.
Members of Community Board 3 tried to block The Cock from moving to the former Lit Lounge space at a meeting last night. But Allan Mannarelli, owner of the gay dive, is going forward with his plans despite outcry from neighbors.
“If they think I’m going to stand and get abused they have another thing coming,” Mannarelli had texted us before going before CB 3’s SLA committee.
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Yesterday, while sharing our oral history of Lit Lounge, we reported that Allan Mannarelli, owner of The Cock, was taking over the space. Today he confirms to us that he plans to move his Second Avenue dive a few blocks up into Lit’s currently shuttered home, and hopes to have bands like Scissor Sisters and Peaches play at the new incarnation of the “rock ‘n roll fag bar.” The potential move isn’t sitting well with the East Fifth Street Block Association, aka the “plywood patrol.” Ahead of a Community Board 3 meeting on Monday, the association is circulating a flyer demanding that neighbors “BLOCK THE COCK” and tell the “notorious” Mannarelli to “KEEP HIS COCK WHERE IT IS!!!!!”
When Lit Lounge’s co-owner Erik Foss announced a month ago that the East Village institution would close after 13 years, we thought the place would have at least a few more wild nights in store if not the goodbye party of the decade. But after a particularly unseemly incident (even for Lit) a couple of weeks ago, the bar unceremoniously shuttered without so much as a nod and a “later, guys.”
For better or for worse, we live in a world in which things you text to one person have the potential to get screen captured and blasted to their 2,475 followers. That’s precisely what happened to Lit Lounge co-owner Erik Foss following this week’s “Lit Mondays.”
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As we emphatically announced last month, the folks behind the notoriously debauched East Village gallery-slash-bar Lit Lounge are set to open a cafe-slash-nightclub in Bushwick. Well, that day has finally come… sort of.
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In the wake of Odessa and 7A closing (and more recently, the shuttering of San Loco’s Avenue A location), why not celebrate an East Village institution that’s still here? Lit is turning 12 and some notable men-about-town (or, men-about-downtown) are DJing its birthday party. Sunday night, Jonathan Toubin (also doing a dance-off at Brooklyn Bowl this weekend with Andrew WK), Prince Terrence (last seen hanging with One Direction), Paul Sevigny, Steve Lewis and several others (see flyer above) will be “entertaining.” The party goes from 10:30 p.m. till whenever Shepard Fairey shows up.
After Fuse Gallery closed behind Lit Lounge, owner Erik Foss gave us a preview glimpse into the new back room, which will now hold a pool table, games, seating, and rotating installations on the wall (unlike when the space was a gallery, the artwork won’t be for sale and will be covered over by each new artist). Now the space has a name (Fuse Room) and an opening date (Wednesday, Oct. 16). The launch party for “Rollers” (the debut installation from Ivory Serra, BÄST, and Lance De Los Reyes) looks like a blast (a BLÄST?): there’s an open vodka bar from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and DJs include Steve Lewis, Jonathan Toubin, and Prince Terrence.
For the serious part, we go over to Foss: “We at Fuse and Lit felt that making a change was the best way to ensure our place in downtown culture and keep our vision of exposing the masses to things they would probably not normally get to see in person,” he writes in the invite, “and also to continue to help artists.”
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