Collective Hardware at 169 Bowery Faces Eviction

Posted on: May 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am by

Indeed.  The New York Post is reporting this morning that the beloved Collective Hardware at 169 Bowery is facing eviction.  City Marshals reportedly shut down the five-floor arts space last Wednesday, padlocking the doors closed.  Is this the proverbial end of the road?

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A spokesman for the landlord, Gordon Lau, told the Post that Collective Hardware owes approximately $1 million in back rents.

“Also, the way they’re using the building is illegal,” Lau said. “They do not have the proper certificate of occupancy to run events or parties, and they do not have a public assembly permit. That creates a safety issue for the unsuspecting public.”

Rony Rivellini, one of the founders, countered by saying that they were paid up through January 2009, and offered to pay up $725,000 last week.

Either way the folks at 169 Bowery are desperately seeking eviction.

The collective said in an 11th-hour letter addressed “Dear Friends” that it “has been a focal point for NYC art culture and even compared to Warhol’s Factory . . . We need a new lead investor, a white knight, so to speak, that shares our vision and can help us at this final step.”

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