Judge Orders Bottom Line's Eviction
A Manhattan judge has ordered the eviction of the Bottom Line nightclub from the Greenwich Village space it has occupied for the past 30 years.A Manhattan judge has ordered the eviction of the Bottom Line nightclub from the Greenwich Village space it has occupied for the past 30 years. Civil Court Judge Donna Recant found that the club, which had no lease and admittedly owed more than $190,000 in back rent, must relinquish its space to its landlord, New York University.
The Bottom Line's lawyer, Mark Alonso, said he expected the ruling, but hinted that the club could reopen at another site. "What makes the Bottom Line is not the building," he said. "It's the people who run it."
The Bottom Line hosted many legendary music nights over its three decades, with performers from Bruce Springsteen to Miles Davis playing the intimate room. In June, the club faced eviction after falling behind 17 months in rent. But attorneys for the club and the university agreed to postpone eviction proceedings with an eye to signing a new lease. The nightclub was operating by month-to-month agreement.
Recently, AT&T announced a $100,000 sponsorship for programs and events at the venue. In September, satellite broadcaster Sirius pledged the $185,000 in rent owed the university, provided the club could remain, with a new lease, in the existing building.
NYU spokesman John Beckman said the university was pleased that the judge had ruled in its favor but saddened that the Bottom Line would close. He said "it is simply not right to have a not-for-profit educational institution subsidizing a for-profit entertainment business."
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