trash and vaudeville saved from the garbage heap

The beloved downtown NYC source of fuchsia Manic Panic, fetish-wear, and fishnets is not leaving us forever.

by Laura Vogel
20 February 2016, 9:25pm

Image courtesy Flickr

The longtime ground zero for club kids, ravers, and freaks of all shapes and sizes, Trash and Vaudeville is a New York City institution. And, despite reports of its utter demise, the East Village Grieve blog reported in late July of last year that the outré-wear hotspot will simply be moving uptown a few blocks. Trash and Vaudeville will be closings doors to Doc-loving punks and Satan-worshiping rockers (and every social outcast in between) at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 29. The new retail shop at 96 East Seventh Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A) will be rechristened in early March.

Like so many treasured places in Manhattan, Trash and Vaudeville is a victim to its neighborhood's gentrification. Last November, 4 St. Mark's Place (which was built by Alexander Hamilton's son in 1933) was put on the market for an asking price of $11.9 million. (That will buy you a few great seats to the white-hot musical Hamilton!)

So, even though the shop will continue to supply the hippies, mods, gender-benders of the world with online commerce during the move, a pilgrimage is recommended. If you can, pop into this long-open storefront — who has clothed legends like Joey Ramone and Lady Gaga — before it closes its doors forever.


Text Laura Vogel
Image courtesy Flickr

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