Despite a last-minute rally yesterday in Washington Square Park and the best efforts of Steve Van Zandt and Public Enemy, legendary punk club CBGB's is no more. The building's landlord, the Bowery Resident's Committee, has decided not to renew the venue's lease, which expired at midnight (the tenants, rest assured, will hold on to their keys while they fight the issue in court). During yesterday's last-ditch attempt to keep the landmark alive, supporters expressed doubts:
"It doesn't look hopeful," said Lucky Pierre, 26, a New York University student. "But we'll keep the fires burning until the last minute."