Posted in NYC | music | venues on September 5, 2007

Mo Pitkins

The NY Post reports,

The Avenue A building is owned and occupied by the Hartman family - artists and entrepreneurs best known for their chain of funky Two Boots pizzerias in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But while the pizzerias are thriving, business apparently hasn't been all that great at Mo's.

So, 2½ years after the family did a gut renovation on the space, they've tapped Walker & Malloy uber-brokers Alex Picken and Rafe Evans to sell the building and its contents. The price is $5.5 million.

Picken and Evans, who confirmed the sale offering to us, say the property can be delivered vacant. A duplex penthouse apartment and a coveted liquor license are included.

Though not quite a historic location, I think Mo Pitkins does a good job at keeping the spirit of the East Village alive - entertainment-wise anyway. Like Fez, I'll be sad to see it go, and I'm sure the many music, comedy & burlesque performers who play there on a regular basis will feel the same way. I don't even want to think about the sterile & fancy new establishment that might take its place.

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Comments (14)

i know a lot of people hated this place (did they HAVE to tell us jimmy fallon was involved?), but it was the first place that i can recall opening in the EV in a while that felt like an institution after it'd just arrived.

sad.

Posted by feh | September 6, 2007 12:37 AM

damn, this place wasn't so bad. i wish i had the 5.5 mil to snap it up.

Posted by queefah | September 6, 2007 1:19 AM

pft ... that place was bordering on bridge and tunnel.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2007 1:30 AM

food was disgusting white trash garbage.

people should have started frequenting ratners and saving really old businesses instead of trying to create a theme bar to emulate what new york used to be like.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2007 2:02 AM

ratners closed in like 2001...a bit before anyone cared about saving local establishments.

what boggles my mind is how impossible it will be for any place...clothing store, high end restaurant...not to say anything about record store or music venue or art gallery...to survive ridiculous commercial rental costs.

i didnt go to mo pitkins much but when i did, i had a nice enough time...and it did remind me of fez back in the day.

agreed on jimmy fallon...it was my main reason i didnt go back often.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2007 9:16 AM

just another case of the MAN getting in the way of good clean downtown NY lifestyle. i mean, i am soo sick of the corporations and high rents and don't even get me started about the hipsters!!!!

maybe we can start a campaign to save this place?! i mean, where will all of us legit music lovin, bohemian, non hipster, old skool east villagers go now?! what are we supposed to do?

should we wait for the next place to open, which will invariably close and then be pissed about that? i guess that is what it has come down to these days. but it is just soo hard to deal with. i mean, shouldn't the government or someone control this kind of stuff? shouldn't they make sure that all of us real uber cool peeps get to go out and drink and be entertained at great places that never close...places that can ignore any of the free market influences that the rest of the world has to deal with?! well, i think that is how it should be.

...but instead, we are forced to live in a city that ignores the real, true cool people who care for the arts and drinking and all that stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2007 9:44 AM

"what are we supposed to do?"

I don't know about the rest of us, but it's safe to say you are supposed to STFU.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2007 10:13 AM

It was a place that opened its doors to a lot of free comedy shows and provided stage time for tons of comics. Whatever its faults, I can't fathom why anyone interested in seeing an independent performance scene in NYC would cheer its demise or pick this moment to reflexively point out its flaws.

Posted by Charles Star | September 6, 2007 10:50 AM

wait, what is the connection to Jimmy Fallon exactly?? i was wondering because that asshole threw me out of that place and i really couldn't understand why....it was only 3am and i wasn't being a problem at all....me and my friends were just sitting there....hes still a douche

Posted by george | September 6, 2007 11:25 AM

i used to work there. they suck and dont know what they are doing. my check bounced from them several times. small checks too because they treat their employees like shit

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2007 12:10 PM

This is a very sad loss to the NYC show going community. It was really one of the few new places to open that truly captured a bohemian spirit in the Village that is slowly dying. And it offered plent of options. What's left? Crappy backrooms of bars that can barely seat capacity?

I hope whoever buys the place only changes it for the better and not crapifies it.

But in todays real estate market, even Coney Island is under the wrecking ball so who knows.

Posted by Jack | September 6, 2007 3:42 PM

9:44, you need only look at your own juvenile irony to realize it's not people who are upset about this who are pretentious and elitist, it's people like you. i am hardly an "old skool east villager". i'm barely in my 20s. but this city doesn't have a "free" market, let alone a fair one. see you at the water cooler, sir.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2007 10:20 PM

Gotta say, this doesn't come as a surprise. Still, nice room, good location, what a pity....I guess. What a pity they had a tendency to treat the staff like shit and rape the performers.

Posted by YEAH RIGHT | September 14, 2007 11:22 PM

The main problem with this place was that it didn't know what it wanted to be, a jazz club, gay hang it or music venue.I mean how many times can you go see Murray Hill's show?

Another problem was the food...just unedible and menue changed like every two weeks.

More problems still...the jeweishness of place and it's programs along with feel of the joint. No one I knew who lived in the neighborhood felt connected to the place, it simply did not reflect those who lived near by.

Finally, the management was terrible and treated the staff with complete comtempt. The jr partner was a complete moron and was an obnoxious douchebag as well as being completely inexperienced in the business while the GM was a complete drunk and was a Isiah Thomas hararsment case waiting to happen.

The downstairs bar had great potential, but too expensive to create a consistant and loyal crowd.

All in all, not a big loss. It probably be turned into a mini-mall with Dunking Donuts, Basking Robbins, Soverign Bank, Starbucks, American Apparal and A Two Boots by years end.

Posted by Mike | October 5, 2007 2:00 PM

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