Welcome to Mourn Porn, where we present bygone institutions in states of disheartening disarray, just to ruin your day. Above we bring you the former Motor City Bar, completely gutted. (Those poles are not there for Anna Copa Cabanna, who lately has been dancing in Williamsburg, at Passenger Bar’s Disco Night.) Workers were paving new, bizarrely unsticky floors today.
Odessa’s bathroom. (Photo: Bedford + Bowery’s Instagram)
After the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday, we ended up stopping by Odessa Cafe Bar‘s last night after 48 years on Avenue A. Around 3 a.m. the place was buzzing with a very young crowd, though at least one member of the old guard had planned to pay his respects. Erik Foss, who was a bartender there before opening Lit and Fuse Gallery (the latter is also closing, on September 11), wrote on Instagram: “ODESSA , the bar I started out at in the east village is closing tonight for ever, so sad, and haden’t it been for this magical place LIT probably wouldn’t have existed.” Lauren Dillard (Lauren Flax‘s bandmate in CREEP) chimed in: “That’s where I would get perogies before I would Dj for the night at lit!”
Last night Motor City Bar celebrated “17 years of sex, drugs and rock n roll,” as the invite to its going-away bash put it. We stopped by the Lower East Side dive and got a few photos of the packed, humid room, presided over by the gyrating Anna CopaCabanna and — in the DJ nook — Dion Lunadon of A Place to Bury Strangers.
If you missed the official sendoff, don’t worry: the whiskey will be flowing for another week.