ABC No Rio

DOB Approves ABC No Rio Passive House on Rivington Street

Last modified November 19, 2018 at 8:53 am

ABC No Rio – in its former punk rock incarnation at 156 Rivington Street – was demolished back in April 2017. Its long-overdue rebirth as sleek “passive house” is one major step closer to reality. Since takedown of the century-old tenement two years ago, the lot has been dormant while action transpired behind the scenes. […]

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Stairway to Nowhere: The Final Days of the Original ABC No Rio on Rivington Street

Posted April 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Demolition of a half-block of Rivington Street is full speed ahead, and with it, the destruction of the both the old ABC No Rio headquarters and the former Streit’s Matzo factory. For the last several weeks, the buildings comprising 148-156 Rivington have been decimated in dramatic fashion. A combination of Bobcats, backhoes, and handtools. It’s […]

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Carnage at Streit’s Matzo Factory (or, How Half a Block of Rivington Street is Demolished)

Posted March 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

Pause for a moment and inhale the sad state of Streit’s Matzo Factory. A backhoe currently sits on its rubbled remains. This is what it takes to take down history. The north side of Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton is amidst absolute change. Tenements that stood here for a hundred years are being demolished […]

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Demolition of ABC No Rio’s Former HQ Commences on Rivington Street

Posted March 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The proverbial wrecking ball is busy around the Lower East Side these days. It’s tough to keep up. Over on Rivington Street, half the block is currently amidst demolition. First, the Streit’s Matzo Factory. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, the tenement that formerly housed ABC No Rio is receiving the same treatment. The city finally […]

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ABC No Rio’s Passive House Replacement Potentially Delayed Due to Overall Lack of Funding

Posted January 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

Punk haven ABC No Rio is taking baby steps toward demolition and rebuilding of their new Rivington Street facility. The city gave its initial nod back in July, then two months later, water, electric, and sewage utility lines were each severed. The remainder of demolition awaits the official go-ahead, though, and is expected to commence […]

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ABC No Rio Demolition Approved by the City Yesterday

Posted July 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

It’s another historic moment for ABC No Rio, currently in exile as it awaits its future. The city issued permits yesterday for the full demolition of the four-story tenement building at 156 Rivington Street, easily one of the last vestiges of Lower East Side punk. Until the wrecking crew is mobilized, however, ABC No Rio remains […]

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

Posted June 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

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 […]

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With Demolition Looming, Final Shows at Existing ABC No Rio Announced

Posted June 8, 2016 at 5:13 am

Lower East Side punk haven, ABC No Rio, just released its final slate of programming in their longtime Rivington Street location. The announcement comes as the arts organization prepares to demolish the current building at 156 Rivington Street, and replace with a new energy-efficient “passive house.” The takedown and subsequent reconstruction – which should begin […]

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DIY: Make Your Own Future Band Flyers for ABC No Rio’s Final Exhibit

Posted May 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

You know all of those wouldn’t-it-be-great band names that you’ve come up with when you are in a slightly “altered” state? Here’s your chance to create that band. Well, sort of. ABC No Rio has been the host for many a hardcore punk band in the past. But their makeshift creative space, carved out of […]

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Visiting the Intersection of Hardcore Punk and Architecture at ABC No Rio

Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

Before the interwebs and before PayPal, if you wanted to hear an underground band or read a fanzine about them, you did it the old-fashioned way: sending an envelope with a check or cash to the band’s address. More often than not, the address on that envelope was the home of one of the band […]

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