Exile on Rivington Street: ABC No Rio Closes After Final Show, Demolition Imminent

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 at 5:00 am by

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Photo: ABC No Rio

Tonight the people were so fine
They waited there in line
And when they got up on their feet
They made the show

And that was sweet
But I can hear the sound
Of slamming doors and folding chairs
And that’s a sound they’ll never know

-Jackson Browne, “The Load Out”

That’s all, folks. ABC No Rio is officially exiting the building. Literally. The last of its final performances happened this weekend with a Saturday afternoon hardcore punk matinee and Sunday night experimental music series, COMA.

Within the next couple weeks, 156 Rivington Street as we knew it will become a pile of rubble (or at least start to). ABC No Rio will plug the hole with a new eco-friendly “passive house.” As such, it’ll likely be a long road in exile, during which time they’ll organize performances and art events in other third-party venues. Mainly in Brooklyn.

For the moment, however, there still aren’t any demolition permits on file with the Department of Buildings.

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December 2010

This 9,000 square-foot, Leed-certified “passive house” is more than seven years in the making. Upon future reopening, it’ll boast exhibition and performance spaces, in addition to a green roof and second-floor terrace.

ABC No Rio purchased 156 Rivington Street from the city In 2006 the for a dollar. Since then, the arts hub has raised $1.6 million in private donations, plus an additional $6.45 million in grants through City Council members, the former Manhattan Borough president Scott M. Stringer and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Architect Paul Castrucci’s vision for ABC No Rio

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