In Celebration of 30 Years of the ‘East Village Eye’ [PHOTOS]

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 at 10:14 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Tish and Snooky of The Sic F*cks and Manic Panic fame. Photo: ©2016 Dylan Greenberg.

A 30th anniversary calls for a celebration, which was exactly what the East Village Eye did on Friday night.

This image has been archived or removed.

Howl! Happening Gallery. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

It started with an exhibit of artwork, images and pages from the “Eye,” held at the Howl! Happening Gallery, and it was, well, pretty happening indeed. The crowd, with many familiar faces from back in the day, spilled out on to the streets. Back inside, the exhibit highlighted a history of art, performance and culture in the East Village in the ’70s and ’80s.

This image has been archived or removed.

East Village Eye publisher Leonard Abrams with curator (and “Eye” fashion/style contributor) Alan Rosenberg. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

After the opening, the festivities moved to The Delancey, with great bands, some of which we haven’t seen since the early ’80s: The Sic F*cks, The Lenny Kaye Connection, and James Chance and the Contortions.

This image has been archived or removed.

The Sic F*cks. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

The Sic F*cks never fail to entertain, and we enjoyed seeing Tish and Snooky back in their “devil nun” habits.

This image has been archived or removed.

Lenny Kaye. Photo: ©2016 Dylan Greenberg.

Lenny Kaye performed an outstanding rendition of “Gloria,” telling a winding and nostalgic tale of where “Gloria” might have gone, back in the ’70s and ’80s, on a typical all night walkabout, ending with her buzzing him at sunrise for a guitar lesson. As he spun the tale, he name checked the long gone clubs CBGB, The Mudd Club, Danceteria, AM/PM, and even notorious after hours haunt, The Nursery.

This image has been archived or removed.

James Chance and the Contortions. Photo: ©2016 Dylan Greenberg.

James Chance and the Contortions blew the doors off with a late night set lasting into the wee hours. We stayed out close to sunrise, partying like it was 1979.

As we wrote recently, the gallery is also hosting a number of talks and events. “It’s All True: The East Village Eye” is open at the Howl! Happening gallery through October 9th.

Recent Stories

Death of the Tombs as Demolition Prep Commences Ahead of High-rise Jail

It’s death for the Tombs. Or, rather demolition. After three years of protests and community outrage, the Manhattan Detention Complex at 125 White Street is finally coming down. Demolition just started ahead of the eventual high-rise jail destined for the site. In December 2021, the city terminated the leases of businesses beneath the jail along […]

Flowers for Water at Long-Neglected Schiff Fountain

A decrepit Lower East Side relic in Seward Park is born again colorful. Until last week, the Schiff Fountain on the Essex Street perimeter of the park – stripped of its grandeur and weathering in public view – had mainly functioned as harbor for illicit activity. A favored spot for drinkers, junkies, and drifters. But […]

Bowery Mural Wall Curator Calls Hiatus During Rash of Tagging

In a surprising turn of events, the longtime curator of the Bowery Mural Wall announced yesterday that artwork at the site is now on hiatus. Blame the taggers. Jessica Goldman Srebnick, head Goldman Global Arts (an arm of the Goldman Properties real estate firm that owns the wall), published a missive on Instagram about the […]

Q-Train Shooter Surrenders to Cops at the 5th Precinct

The man accused of shooting to death a straphanger in an apparent random attack on a subway train subway morning is now in police custody. Andrew Abdullah, 25, identified as the suspect in the shooting, turned himself in to cops at the 5th Precinct yesterday. Apparently the surrender was aided by Lamor Whitehead, an ex-con-turned-clergyman […]

This Mott Street ATM Gouges with 17% Fee

Storefront ATMs are nothing new. In fact, their ubiquity was so pronounced that the city banned freestanding ones from sidewalks about a decade ago. Visitors to Chinatown or the Lower East Side unfamiliar with bank ATM locations when in need of cash might not realize the exorbitant fees some ATM operators are charging. For instance, […]