Fillmore East Plaque Unveiled!
Last week over a hundred people, many of whom had attended shows at the Fillmore East, joined GVSHP, Two Boots, and Apple Bank for the unveiling of a historic plaque marking the site of the legendary Fillmore East. We were honored to also be joined by Joshua White of the Joshua Light Show -- the psychedelic light experience which helped define Fillmore East concerts, music legend Lenny Kaye, who performed at the unveiling and spoke about his experiences attending shows at the Fillmore East, and Tom Birchard, owner of neighborhood institution Veselka, who provided food and spoke of his experiences at the renowned music venue as well. We also heard many great stories from attendees about their experiences not only at the Fillmore, but at the site's prior and later incarnations as the Loew's Commodore Movie House, the Village Theater, and the Saint nightclub. Video of the entire unveiling, including Lenny Kaye's performance, can be found here, and photos from the event can be found here.
The Fillmore East plaque is just the latest in a series of historic markers GVSHP has placed throughout our neighborhoods, largely in partnership with Two Boots. These include plaques marking the site of the Justus Schwab Saloon (photos here) at 50 East 1st Street, the site of the San Remo Café at 93 MacDougal Street (photos here), the former residence of Frank O'Hara at 441 East 9th Street (video here and photos here), and the birthplace of PFLAG (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays) at the Church of the Village at 13th Street and 7th Avenue (photos here).
Find out more about our historic plaque program here.