Anger: Holiday Cocktail and Bleecker Bob’s Bite the Dust

Posted on: January 27th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Pardon us while we attempt to catch our breath. Yesterday was a rough day for long-running Manhattan institutions. Jeremiah (via Ken Mac) reported reliable, though unconfirmed, news that Starbucks will replace the iconic Bleecker Bob’s record shop at 118 West Third Street. And almost simultaneously, EV Grieve revealed that Holiday Cocktail Lounge will be closing forever after business Saturday evening. H&H Bagels is also donesky. This triple-whammy to the gut has us fuckin’ angry.

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[Photo Credit: 1000 Bars and Beyond]

Rather than wax nostalgic, we’ll get right to the point. Shame on you New York City; shame on you greedy landlords. These are the dark days of the evil empire. Where’s Luke when you need him…

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The urban legend around here is that the Holiday Cocktail Lounge actually inspired Madonna’s 1983 hit “Holiday.” The song was actually written by Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens. Her producer Jellybean Benitez discovered the composition and proposed that Madonna sing it.

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