The Day | CBGB Owners Hand Deliver Letter in Support of Russian Punk Band

IMG_4473Stephen Rex Brown These two construction workers at 51 Astor Place put on a show yesterday that would make Philippe Petit proud.

Good morning, East Village.

Yesterday, two of the owners of CBGB sent along word that they had just returned from Russia, where they hand delivered a letter in support of the band Pussy Riot to the office of the prosecutor general in Moscow. Tim Hayes and Louise Parnassa Staley convened with the band’s family members, legal defense team and others, according to a press release. The letter, in support of the three women found guilty of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison, was signed by the likes of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, and Anthony Bourdain. “They are punks and CBGB felt a need to support punks in trouble,” Mr. Hayes wrote in an e-mail. “We spent very intense days with their families, lawyers and friends. The environment in Moscow is much more heated than we ever expected.” He added, “Pussy Riot is the most dangerous band in the world; without question. They are also the most important band in the world today.”

A reader complains to EV Grieve that the scaffolding beside Solas has turned into a raucous after-party zone. Earlier this month a neighbor of the nightclub ended up in handcuffs after taking pictures of a boozed up club-goer passed out on the street.

Bowery Boogie doesn’t seem too keen on couples taking wedding announcement photos in front of Aiko’s wall.

Off the Grid analyzes voter registration data in the West, Greenwich and East villages. No shocker here: Republicans are few and far between in the East Village.

The Brazilian artist Saint Clair Cemin talks to The Times. “Mr. Cemin was already part of the exploding East Village art scene of the ’80s, having befriended artists like Jeff Koons and Mr. Halley, and later becoming a regular visitor to of-the-moment galleries like International With Monument and Nature Morte.” Now he has a studio in Brooklyn.

Community Board 3 sent word that passes are available to a community commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 9. Passes have been reserved for Lower Manhattan residents and can be picked up at the Community Board 3 office at 59 East 4th Street near Bowery. Alternatively, you can e-mail by September 7.