After much speculation, anticipation and general fanfare, it has finally–maybe–been confirmed that Lit Lounge is not making its move from the East Village to that most odious of buildings, the McKibbin.
The reason is not, as some might expect, a result of any sort of loyalty to the East Village and the edgy persona it once held during the 80s (as described quite accurately by Ron Kolm in Duke & Jill), but simply because, according to owner Gary Pluck, a 41-year-old who also has money invested in nearby bar Doubledown, stated, “Bushwick just isn’t as gritty as it once was when we were first trying to move. It’s becoming sort of a joke, don’t you think? That’s the last thing Lit Lounge wants to be a part of.”
Many residents–especially those inhabiting the stain known as the McKibbin–have expressed their discontent over the change of plan. “Lit Lounge was like the neighborhood’s last chance at reclaiming its edge. Yeah, Rash Bar is coming here, but that’s a Williamsburg bar. What kind of street cred is that going to give us?” demanded Benn Bane, a 35-year-old illegally living in the McK due to his age. But perhaps this isn’t the end of the story of Bushwick and Lit Lounge (even though we’ve updated it on our RIP Bushwick page). After all, the story’s changed so many times, why shouldn’t it again?
Written by Genna Rivieccio