Monday, June 24, 2024

Horror! CBGB’s Revived as a Diner in Newark Airport by Nitwits


CBGB, the birthplace of punk on the lower East Side, is being reborn. The trademark holder is allowing the name to be used on a diner in Newark Airport. One more reason to stay away from Newark Airport. A desecration, a joke, a horror.
Hilly Krystal is dead so he never had to see the god awful movie that was made about CBGB (and which disappeared instantly). And now this. Well, this licensing this happens all the time. When I see the name “Balducci’s” on anything, I want to cry.
CBGB was shut down before Hilly died thanks to someone named Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt and an organization called the Bowery Residents Committee which ended the club’s lease a few years ago. (Muzzy is paid $328,000 a year to rescue the homeless, by the way.)
Blondie, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith, et al were born in CBGB’s. Neither Muzzy nor a cold cheeseburger can ruin that legacy. I wonder if the airport CBGB will re-create the famed bathroom. That should solve the immigration problem.
PS I hope it’s as bad as the Bobby Van’s licensee at JFK-American.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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