From an anonymous post in the comments section: "They are still negotiating with buyers. They just haven't signed on the dotted line yet. So,in the meantime the doors will stay open. Hopefully, the new owners will keep the bar the same and just enhance it! "
So even after two "closing parties", they are still "open for now". If I hear anything else, I will share it here, but I am not going to go chasing this story.
My sources tell me that the bar has negotiated with the landlord to stay open another week. Closing night is now scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2011. See facebook invitation.
Tonight Saturday is closing night at American Trash. After 22 1/2 years of defying the odds (a biker bar on the upper east side?), they will be pouring their last shots tonight this Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.
My favorite memory of the place was when MurphGuide sponsored the Gotham Girls Roller Derby Jeerleaders tailgate party. My friend Sam helped me hand out MurphGuide t-shirts to GGDR fans. Sam was thrilled that we got to meet GGDR legend Suzy Hot Rod's dad. He was such a nice man. When Sam offered to buy him a drink, he accepted a ginger ale. And I befriended jeerleader Minnie Pearl Haggard, who entertained the crowd with her fire eating skills (see video below).
Monday, February 7, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
RSVP via facebook
1471 First Ave. (between 76th & 77th St.)
New York, NY
Below is a clip of Minnie Pearl Haggard performing her fire eating tricks at a Gotham Girls Roller Derby tailgate party, hosted by the GGRD Jeerleaders, held at American Trash. Not shown in this clip was what happened next: after the act, a bar patron tried to help douse the flames...with newspaper! As you could imagine, newspaper is a very bad flame retardant. The bartender finally had to unleash the fire extinguisher, sending patrons into the street for fresh air.
Monday, February 21, 2011