Hare Krishnas Vacate 96 Avenue B

Posted on: July 11th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

The East Village contingent of Hare Krishnas is on the move again.  According to Boogie reader BW, the longtime enclave at 96 Avenue B packed up its belongings and vacated the premises on Saturday evening.

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We received the following communique shortly after the departure:

Saw the Hare Krishnas moving out of their building on Ave. B between 6th and 7th Sts. tonight, everything in 2 big moving vans…where could they be going? It’s a bit sad too, given that the original Hare Krishna elm tree is in Tompkins Square…

The Hare Krishnas are apparently relocating to parts unknown at the moment.  That much is confirmed by the website.

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And the elm tree to which our tipster refers is allegedly the holiest tree in Tompkins Square Park – considered the birth of Hare Krishna in the western world.  In 1966, the spiritual messenger, Prabhupada, arrived from India and and founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness at 26 Second Avenue. One day, he and some locals took refuge in the shade of the elm and began chanting the mantra.

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[Photo Credit: Ephemeral NY]

Did the group find another headquarters along Avenue B or in the immediate vicinity?  What have you heard?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcs0g3lfFlc&feature=channel_video_title

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