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Goodbye To All That: “InFinite Futures” and “The Past Will Be Present” at ABC No Rio

by Emily Colucci on June 23, 2016
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In the contemporary Lower East Side–a neighborhood of unlimited brunch spots, luxury condos and pristine white-walled galleries, artist-run punk haven ABC No Rio stands defiant as a welcome anachronism. Whether interpreted as a graffiti-covered blight or a monument to the heavily romanticized culture spawned downtown in the late 20th century, ABC No Rio has acted as a hub for a community of artists for over three decades. The space remains inexorably tied to the last gasps of the neighborhood’s gritty essence, which is why the plans for its sleek renovation seem almost shocking.

With the demolition and reconstruction finally on the horizon after years of delays due to bureaucratic red tape (AFC even published a series of interviews on ABC No Rio in 2012 in anticipation of its forthcoming closure), the nagging question remains: will the experience of ABC No Rio be the same without the fear of falling through their stairs or tumbling into some industrial waste in the backyard?

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“The Real Estate Show” Slideshow and Commentary

by Whitney Kimball on April 8, 2014
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Thirty years later, the site of the “Real Estate Show” is finally getting developed. Original “Real Estate Show” members have mixed feelings.

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The Historic “Real Estate Show” Returns

by Whitney Kimball on April 3, 2014
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The 1980 “Real Estate Show,” the seed which became ABC No Rio, is back.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Alan Moore

by Whitney Kimball on July 9, 2012
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This week, I interview historian and ABC No Rio co-founder Alan Moore about the first few years at No Rio, beginning in 1980. In addition to frequent eviction attempts from the waterlogged building, he remembers: “people were breaking into the gallery and taking whatever they could. It was a drag, but you had to deal with it. At one point, we fortified the doors, and they broke through the walls.”

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