FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2005
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG'S STATEMENT ON RESOLUTION BETWEEN CBGB AND BOWERY RESIDENTS COMMITTEE
"I applaud the management of CBGB and the officials of the Bowery Residents Committee for working together to reach a year-long agreement that allows CBGB to continue serving audiences. For more than a quarter of a century, CBGB has served as an incubator for cutting edge artists and entertainers. With today's agreement and our efforts, I believe CBGB will continue its prominent role in setting trends in music and culture.
"Since the impasse between CBGB and Bowery Residents Committee, our administration has stressed the importance of resolving this dispute while suggesting alternative sites for CBGB to consider. We will continue to work with CBGB so that at the conclusion of the year-long agreement announced today, CBGB might identify a dynamic new venue in this City that is fitting of its rich history.
"Along with being the landlord of the site from which CBGB operates from, the Bowery Residents Committee is a partner with our administration in our comprehensive efforts to end chronic homelessness. Last year the Bowery Residents Committee serviced 6,300 needy New Yorkers. This year, they expect to serve 7,000 individuals. Our administration will continue to work with the Bowery Residents Committee so that together, we might meet the needs of our City's most vulnerable residents."
Edward Skyler/Jennifer Falk (212) 788-2958