Now that I finally got my own post up about Tonic's demise, I went out and looked at what other people were saying, and I found this amazing post by photographer Bob Arihood, who, unlike myself, was still inside when the cops got there:

Marc Ribot @ Tonic, NYC - April 14, 2007 (evening)

Rebecca Moore


According to Mike Wolf at Time Out, "Bread and Roses" was "the last piece of music played at Tonic." According to Rebecca Moore, in the comments of that same Time Out post,

Just updating this story that Marc and I were indeed arrested that day, in our attempt to keep the music playing at Tonic, the performance space this music community had raised over $100,000 dollars in funds to try to keep open and attempt to keep the rent paid. Nothing can pay these insane rents in NYC, no art or community can survive under these circumstances. Brooklyn and Queens are not exempt and falling prey to the same circumstances. It is not a coincidence that the Blue Building Luxury Condo building is now finished, people are moving in to their million dollar residents there, and Tonic has had to shut down. I submitted myself to arrest for this reason, and hope word spreads and others are moved to stand up against real estate being the sole determining factor of what culture and art and music and people get to stay in NYC.

More arrest pictures here.

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