Studio B Rides Again!

September 17, 2008 by
Filed under: Asshole, Greenpoint Magic 

Last weekend they had an event replete with busloads of clueless people being dumped on Banker Street and asking for directions.

Greenpointer #1:

We went through the same exercise last night. (name excised) finally went out and walked over, because of the one school bus whose alarm kept going off was killing his head.

it was a private afterparty to accompany some concert/event down in coney island. when we got home at 11:30 there were about 200 ppl waiting outside, the club wasn’t open. eventually when the half-dozen school buses showed up with their passengers, the place opened.

they were NOT stupid enough to open the second floor.

there was a driveby of two patrol cars when (excised) was over sniffing around – that was about the time that the security out front yelled at the bus drivers that they could not doublepark and block the road – and they left. also for what it’s worth, i was up until about 2:30 and heard someone yelling more than once that people could go in or go home but they couldn’t stand outside.

the biggest issue seemed to be that people honestly had no idea where they had been dropped off so they stopped on our corner repeatedly to discuss. (Excised) helped one or two of them along.

i don’t know what the legalities of renting it out for a private party are. i can’t imagine that C of O is different in that situation.

Greenpointer #2:

HOWEVER, this gentleman: is performing this weekend (September 19, 2008) at an event at Studio B. The flier is in his MySpace profile. They are offering bottle service and buses from Jersey.

Per Denis Hamill Studio B is planning a real BLOW OUT September 27!

Those of you who want to read the rest of this article can do so by clicking here. Otherwise…

Studio B has no cabaret license. Per the DCA 259 Banker is a retail establishment. What’s more, they (being Studio B) cannot legally hold 2,000 people; the legal occupancy is 461 people. No more, no less. Best to do your research first, Mr. Hamill. Regurgitating press releases without proper research does not constitute journalism— no matter how right the end may be, what Studio B is doing is wrong.

I’m not against helping “Dr. Tom”. I simply think it should be done right: Advertising Studio B as a 2,000 seat venue is fraud (or very bad reporting). I live in Greenpoint. I operate a humble blog about my ‘nabe. You might have heard of it, Mr. Hamill— many journos like to use my site for “leads” without crediting it. New York Post, mostly.

I did my research, clearly you didn’t. You’re the professional journalist. Not me.

Shame on you.

Miss Heather


4 Comments on Studio B Rides Again!

  1. d on Thu, 18th Sep 2008 12:32 am
  2. The rest of the article says this, though:

    “Dr. Tom helps a lot of people in our community for free, treating people with no medical insurance for illnesses. Now he’s jammed up and it’s our turn to give back to him. So on Sept. 27, for $18 in presale and $20 at the door, you get to see some of the best bands in New York, the same ones that played in CBGBs before it closed, bands like Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, Maximum Penalty, Subzero, Billyclub Sandwich, Jasta – and to raise money for the doc.”

    This benefit is like an MRI of this subculture that most of us know nothing about, and which is grossly misunderstood.

    “I’m the family doctor of the New York hardcore scene,” says Dr. Tom. “There’s another guy who’s the family lawyer. This music is how I express myself. But I also have this very rare form of muscular dystrophy called combined hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy, which mostly affects my feet. I was diagnosed when I was 15 and I’ve had multiple surgeries and as I get older it gets worse.”

    On Jan. 28 Dr. Tom had triple bone fusion surgery that didn’t go well and had to have it redone four months later. “They had to do bone grafts from my hip,” he says. “Because of the two major surgeries, I missed a lot of work this year. I had to basically shut down my private practice, a major source of my income. Bills piled up, a lot of them for things like expensive prosthetic devices implanted in my feet that my insurance doesn’t cover. I also need special braces inside my shoes which cost $2,500 apiece.”

    Wow! That is awful. So while I may be in the extreme minority here, I think the whole Studio B soap opera should take a back seat to helping this guy out. It’s unfortunate that it was booked there but it may be too late to scramble to find an alternate venue. (Not to mention, I love the lineup! 😉 )

  3. missheather on Thu, 18th Sep 2008 12:55 am
  4. This “benefit” is Studio B’s way of “making nice” and getting good publicity. They don’t give two shits about “Dr. Tom”. Studio B wants warm and fuzzy press. They got it. Plain and simple.

    The fact of the matter is this event is probably illegal. BIG TIME.

    2,000 people in Studio B (which I understand is closed) is a death trap. Or bad journalism. I wonder what Ken Fisher would say?

    At least we can agree on one thing d: we like Motorhead!

  5. d on Thu, 18th Sep 2008 8:18 am
  6. I am not really looking at it from Studio B’s vantage point though, I just read what this guy was going through and all I could think is that if the worst I had to worry about in life was some noise and trash on my street, I’ve made out lucky. This guy lost his health and much of his livelihood AND is up to his eyeballs in debt, that’s really all I was looking at here. Bleeding heart, I haz one. 😉 And yeah, Motorhead for the win!

  7. missheather on Thu, 18th Sep 2008 10:51 am
  8. I agree: he needs help. BIG TIME. A benefit should be held. Just not there.

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