URGENT REQUEST — Don’t Let The Saint be forgotten!
My deadline is Sunday, November 2, 2014.
On Wednesday 10/29, I went to 105 Second Avenue to witness a brass plaque (see above) commemorating the site of the Fillmore East Theater (1968-1971) — there was no mention of The Saint Discotheque (1980-1998), which occupied the space for three times as long.
When I asked, I was told that the Fillmore changed music and social history and The Saint didn’t. I think no one in this group would agree.
I have been asked to write a “reported op-ed piece” for a local newspaper and I’m looking for quotes (that you are willing to have attributed to you with your name) on why The Saint was important and should be remembered in the history of New York and beyond.
You can post them or e-mail me at mark@MarkdeSollaPrice.com with your comments or questions
To be fair, there is a mention of the Saint carved in stone around the corner on East 6 Street at the entrance to the Fillmore apartment building (see below).
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s newsletter gives this larger history of 105 Second Avenue: “The building, which is located in the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, was a destination for entertainment both before and after the Fillmore East. It opened in 1926 as a Yiddish theater, soon becoming the Loew’s Commodore movie house, followed by the Village Theater. In the 1980s it was the trendsetting gay nightclub The Saint, becoming Emigrant Bank in 1995, and Apple Bank in 2013. While the facade retains much of its original Medieval Revival style, the rear of the building, which housed the auditorium, was demolished and replaced by the Fillmore apartment building in 1997.”
Please help me remember The Saint together…
Mark de Solla Price <mark@MarkdeSollaPrice.com>