Grub Street reports that bar and strip club the Pussycat Lounge in the FiDi has closed after 41 years. The dive quietly shuttered last year to do some construction work, and after some disputes with the city over work permits, the DOB now describes the building as a "stalled construction site." It is unlikely that it will reopen any time soon. Aside from its reputation as a seedy downtown hangout, the spot was also where Carlos Quirarte of The Smile and Westway threw some of his first big NYC parties.
In other shutter news, 22-year-old Noho Mexican behemoth Gonzalez Y Gonzalez is going out with a bang next Monday, with seven hours of live salsa music. The restaurant with the giant neon sombrero has spotlighted local musicians over the years, with live performances three nights a week. So, if salsa is your thing, maybe that's the perfect time to have that farewell margarita.
· 41-Year-Old Pussycat Lounge Is Closed by City [Grub Street]
· One last serving of hot salsa at Gonzalez y Gonzalez [NYDN]
· All Gonzalez Y Gonzalez Coverage [~ENY~]