Jazz Funeral for Mehdi Kabbaj on Clinton Street [Video]

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 at 10:17 am by

On January 11, the owner of upscale menswear shop 20 Peacocks was struck and killed on the FDR. Forty-five-year-old Mehdi Kabbaj needed a lift to his uptown home after a night of drinking on Avenue B, but lost patience in bumper-to-bumper traffic near 96th Street. Without warning he exited and darted across the southbound lane, but was quickly mowed down by an oncoming Toyota Sienna minivan. He landed fifty feet away, and was rushed to Metropolitan Hospital where he died of severe brain injuries.

Saturday afternoon, a brass band processional snaked its way through the Clinton Street environs, with no immediate indications as to its purpose. A steady stream of people followed the jazz troupe (complete with drum major) from its starting point at WD-50, westward onto Rivington, up to Stanton, and finally ending with a congregation at CULTUREfix. During the short memorial, the clamor echoed throughout the whole neighborhood, and attracted the iPhones and point-and-shoots alike.

After following much of the “parade” route, we learned that this was actually the Second Line funeral march for the boutique owner. One mourner informed us that, even though Kabbaj was Moroccan, he wanted to go out with the New Orleans bang. Amen. Rest in peace, dude.

Recent Stories

img_2406.jpg
Manhole Fire Erupts on Canal Street, Engulfing Pickup Truck

Fire Department first responders and Emergency vehicles from Con Edison have been on Canal Street the last 45 minutes dealing with an electrical situation below the street. It’s pretty bad, apparently. A pickup truck parked outside Dimes Deli caught fire after a blaze erupted in a manhole beneath. Firefighters quickly extinguished. This is likely related […]

146bowery-mural-hacula
Former Pulqueria Chef to Install ‘Esther & Carol Bistro’ at the old Bacchanal on the Bowery [Updated]

Proprietor Peter Poulakakos pulled the plug on his lighting district restaurant-bar, Bacchanal, last December. It barely lasted two years at 146 Bowery. In the intervening nine months, the only real visible activity here has been the installation of a plywood shed spanning the corner storefront, and a temporary paint job for Fashion Week. And now that […]

punch-trump-1
Punch Trump in the Face, then Register to Vote

Overthrow Boxing gym just off the Bowery wants to knock out Donald Trump in a big way. By ballot, not bout. The Bleecker Street gym is getting out the vote by going mobile. Several weeks ago, they christened a cheeky “Knockout Trump” truck with the dual purpose of registering voters (#knockoutthevote2016) while offering a chance […]

363lafayette-ad-1
Ten Years on, this Lafayette Street Advertecture is Dismantled for New 10-Story Commercial Building

The decade-old advertecture on the site of the former Jones Diner, 363 Lafayette Street, is coming down. Workers were spotted yesterday dismantling the skeleton framework, first erected in early 2007 to pimp the iPod. With good reason. The irregularly shaped sliver of land is to sprout a luxury office building. Olmstead Properties, which has owned […]

image
Report: Man Struck by Truck on Pike Street Last Month Dies

The local resident hit by a truck on Pike Street at the end of August died earlier this month from his injuries. On August 22, Seward Park Extension public housing tenant Miguel DeJesus, 67, was reportedly jaywalking on the south side of Division, crossing Pike Street from east to west. The truck allegedly had right […]