Panchito's owner Bob Engelhardt was a regular at the Pussycat which he described as a 'cesspool'. It was situated in a quiet street behind the tourist mecca MacDougal Street.Consider freedom and historical preservation. What if the history to be preserved was a time of great sleaziness? What if that sleaziness is connected to artists we love?
He said the nostalgia was misplaced, and that the preservation group did not understand the spirit of Greenwich Village.
Engelhardt added:'There are buildings that are worth preserving. Ninety per cent of what's in the Village isn't.
'The Village was freedom. The Village was not rules and regulations set in concrete. It destroys everything the Village was always famous for.'
June 9, 2011
It's a terrible shame!