Sutra’s Ariel Palitz Divulges Her Distaste for the Local Blogs
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Sutra’s Ariel Palitz, Photo: Blackbook
Last Wednesday evening was the swan song soiree for Sutra Lounge. The hip-hop club had operated on First Avenue for a decade. This party was both a celebration and sendoff.
As for next steps, owner Ariel Palitz is still rumored as a player in the new Mars Bar juicery in the works on East First Street. (Seriously, just call it Jupiter Bar at this point) In a so-called “exit interview” with Bedford + Bowery, she neither confirmed nor denied any involvement.
Nevertheless, here’s an excerpt from the interview, in which we learn how Ariel Palitz feels about Bowery Boogie and the local blogs in general.
Q: So, no truth to those rumors, posted by Bowery Boogie, that you’re taking over the Mars Bar space?
A: I have a lot of options that I’m considering.
Q: Speaking of Bowery Boogie, what do you think about the local blogs? Is their obsessive documentation of the neighborhood helpful or harmful to operators?
A: It’s been terrible for me, if I actually cared. If they were truly impartial, the blogs would be very beneficial: it’s local news and people want to know what’s going on and it’s important to have blogs that are focused on the community. But I think that they are not impartial and that there are individuals or agendas that for whatever reason have an undertone of malice behind them. They don’t just report, they put a lot of their own personal spin on it, and use them to influence people against the industry and against the operators and actually incite cyber-bullying and character assassinations and defamation of people’s characters and of their businesses. It’s completely unregulated and I feel like they should have a greater sense of responsibility to the neighborhood and to the people who are working there, as well.