New York is losing another iconic punk venue. According to The New York Times ABC No Rio, the Legendary New York City art centre, will be closing its doors until a new building is built.
The venue was known for its post-1989 weekly punk and hardcore shows that were designed to prevent the violence and prejudice that was a major problem at popular venues like CBGB. Rolling Stone notes that it was also “the site of one of the largest zine libraries in the U.S., documenting the music and culture of the eighties and nineties”.
ABC No Rio is officially shutting its doors in June and being demolished this fall. The final art shows are set to start on June 10 with an exhibit called “InFinite Futures”. It will showcase artistic renderings of what the centre could look like up to 500 years in the future. Another exhibit highlights the history of the venue.
Paul Castrucci, the architect for the new centre, told The New York Times that the space is going to be “one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the city”.
Until the new building is completed, the collection will be moved, with the zine library going to Clemente Soto Vélez, a LES community centre, and the weekly Saturday punk shows will be held at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn in July.