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a scene from Market Hotel, 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
"despite the travails of the scene and setbacks experienced by [Todd] Patrick himself--in June, Community Board 3 denied him and his partners a liquor license for a restaurant/avant-garde performance space on Avenue A--the summer also ushered a new era for him. He became a father in August. (He took a few months off.) Weeks later, he received a $100,000 grant to renovate Market Hotel, the Bushwick loft that was his flagship space until 2010. The space, which was founded in 2008 when he built it out with Ahearn and local punk outfit The So So Glos, has been largely inactive since the cops raided it during a Smith Westerns gig in early 2010, though a rotating cast of artists-in-residence has remained.Long live Market Hotel.
The anonymous grant was funneled through the Solo Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that supports arts initiatives with social agendas. It will allow Market to make improvements and obtain a certificate of occupancy, a place of assembly permit, and a liquor license. Market Hotel will then be a licensed not-for-profit venue. "We won't have to hide in the shadows," Patrick says. The hope is that we can be open seven days a week." [Village Voice]