‘Tonic Tapes’ Revisits Band Demos from Music Venue

Posted January 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

The once-beloved Tonic celebrates its death date this spring, marking twelve years since its demise at the hand of gentrification. Priced out, the music venue closed forever on April 13, 2007 after a performance by John Zorn. (It was Friday the 13th that year.) Being sandwiched between two luxury condo developments – Blue and the […]

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Switch Building Births Site/109 Pop-Up Space

Last modified August 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The Switch Building at 109 Norfolk Street was a hotly-anticipated development back in the heady gold rush days of the mid-aughts. But its ground level retail space never attracted anything until now. Details inside.

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Lisa Cooley Gallery Relocating to 107 Norfolk Street

Posted January 9, 2012 at 6:09 am

Tonic has been dead five years. Now a gallery is moving in. Details after the jump!

107 Norfolk Street Exterior Renovations

Posted February 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

107 Norfolk Street has yet to reel in a big fish since Tonic vacated the premises four years ago. What now?

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Listing for Old Tonic Space at 107 Norfolk

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

Back in the early days of 2007, Tonic shuttered after nearly a decade of entertaining the community.  Pretty much an eternity in city time.  Since its demise, the onetime bastion of Lower East Side music has remained vacant, nearly forgotten in the deep dark shadows of Blue. Even though it’s languished on the open market […]

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Niki Russ Federman of Russ & Daughters on WNYC

Posted February 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

Fourth generation co-proprietor Niki Russ Federman of the Russ & Daughters empire sat down with WNYC Studio 360.  It’s a brief, albeit candid look at her choice to helm the ship.  We learn that she initially resisted joining the family business, but thanks to the Klezmer Brunch at the now-deceased Tonic on Norfolk Street, she […]

Standing in the Shadows of Blue

Posted February 25, 2009 at 10:18 am

It’s still quite a somber scene outside the old Tonic space on Norfolk Street. DIY bar signs remain affixed to the shuttered doorway. Thanks in part to the egregious Blue condos, this vacancy is a constant reminder of the endangered music scene.