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WTF!!! [Jul. 9th, 2005|08:53 am]
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cricketor's last post prompted me to go to the Manray Website and this is what I found:


We would like to inform you of what is now ocurring at ManRay. Our last night open will be Saturday, July 30th, 2005 in the building that we are now located in. Don't worry though it is just temporary. ManRay will open once again within a few months, but at a different location, which will be diclosed at a later time.

Please Join us in our last days and meet the gnomes that have kept the magic alive here at ManRay for over 20 years :)


Ok, I knew a while back there were hearings or something on the owners of the building/lot wanting to turn the space into more condos or something, and hell, half the neightboorhood wanted to club to stay or something. Either they lost or... something else. I'm scared that Manray *Won't* re-surface, and if it does we all know it will be in the city and not in Cambridgeville, which is part of the nice thing about Manray... that it's that much closer. (Ok, the really good thing about Manray is the HBB goth chicks... but hell...)

Fuck. Apparently I need to get my goth on this month...

[User Picture]From: sleepyworm
2005-07-09 01:30 pm (UTC)
I heard Manray was just moving to River street, which is still in Central Square.

And what does HBB mean?
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[User Picture]From: moonshadow
2005-07-09 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hot Bi Babes. Which nchanter and I both are. :)
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[User Picture]From: sleepyworm
2005-07-09 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah? If they went away, I would miss them too!
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[User Picture]From: katkt
2005-07-09 03:30 pm (UTC)
And modest too. :-) [ not that I'm disagreeing with you ]

Isn't HBB goth chicks redundant, then? I figured it must be hot bi, but couldn't come up with a second b that worked as an adjective modifying chicks...
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[User Picture]From: quathius
2005-07-10 02:37 am (UTC)
hot and bi tends to be pretty redundant as well, bi usually says all that but it doesn't quite have the flavor we are all looking for...
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[User Picture]From: mangosteen
2005-07-09 01:33 pm (UTC)
According to public records, the decision for 49 units of housing on the site including 21 Brookline Street of housing was granted on May 5th.

On one hand, they're putting more housing in, and that doesn't suck. OTOH, they're taking yet another cultural institution away from the area. The consequences and ramifications of this feel like they should be found in any textbook on urban planning.
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[User Picture]From: sunspiral
2005-07-09 02:56 pm (UTC)
Fuck. I'll be at Baitcon on the 30th, but this calls for at least one more trip to the current location before then.
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[User Picture]From: dr_memory
2005-07-09 03:25 pm (UTC)
Bah, that sucks. 7/30 is my birthday, and I'm already committed to being elsewhere that day. And there's no fucking way I can make it up to boston between now and then. Sigh.
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[User Picture]From: ithych
2005-07-09 05:40 pm (UTC)
What?! ARGH! That's sucks way too much, and now I'm really feeling like I should've spent more time in boston last month.
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[User Picture]From: grypes
2005-07-09 10:47 pm (UTC)
... oh no... the horror.... whatever shall we do?
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[User Picture]From: grypes
2005-07-09 10:48 pm (UTC)
umm... opps. that was supposed to be a general response to the post... not a response to your response. my bad.
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[User Picture]From: cos
2005-07-10 06:33 pm (UTC)
The owner of the property, Stuart Rothman of First Cambridge Realty, wanted to demolish it and a few adjacent buildings and build a large new apartment building. In 2003 the Cambridge Historical Comission ruled that 176 Green Street, one of the buildings affected, was worthy of protection. The property owner bought 176 Green Street and the parking lot next to it, and proposed moving the building whole over to the parking lot site. In September 2004 the CHC approved that plan. They then needed to get a zoning variance from the rule that states how far back from the sidewalk a building's front needs to be set, because the historical building doesn't match the current zoning rules. That went before the planning board and was approved recently (this May, I think, but I have the CHC meeting notes and don't have the planning board meeting details yet). Once the zoning variance was approved, the owner put a demolition and building permit application together and submitted it, I think in June, and I believe that's what got approved last week. That last step was just procedural, though. Anyway, they're going to build a large L-shaped apartment building fronting on both Green Street and Brookline Street.

I've been tracking all this down on behalf of Jesse Gordon, a candidate for Cambridge City Council who wanted to know if there was a way to save Manray (and who I'm working for). Unfortunately by the time I got all the information I have now, it was pretty much a done deal, we were too late. In 2003 Matt DeBergalis ran for Cambridge City Council and also wanted to highlight the Manray development threat. He was about 120 votes short of getting on the council. Perhaps if some more people had voted for him, Cambridge would have done a better job of getting the community involved in this process earlier, but it's too late now.

Next, we in Jesse's campaign are going to look into the development proposal that threatens to tear down The Garment District.
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