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Punk Rocker Gets a Street Named After Him
Skips Line Ahead of George W. Bush
By Moses Avalon
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2004-01-06
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Joey, we hardly knew ya. But now, future generations will ask, "Mommy who was Joey Ramone and why do we live on his street?"

Although no bronze statue is planned, this month, New York's East Village corner of Second Street and Bowery will be named after the King of Punk, Joey Ramone, departed lead singer and song writer of the Ramones, and his 70's Punk band that many say defined the sound of Punk music.

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"Joey Ramone Place," as it will be called, is a stone's throw away from the famous CBGB's night club where just about every band in New York plays and is booed off the stage at least once in their career. The area is also once famous for where a person can score some of the best smack. However, these days some of the one bedrooms on that street are going for well over $2000 a month. What would Joey say about that?

The designation process took a relatively short time to funnel through the NYC red tape. Joey died less than three years ago of Cancer at age 49. By interesting contrast, the White House recently received a letter from the New York City Department of Parks saying that naming a street after George W. Bush would take slightly longer and referenced the time and circumstances of a snowball melting. They added that the application for a tree naming near Central Park's Sheep's Meadow (where many dogs do their business) could be expedited.

All fun aside, we at the Moses Avalon Company applaud this dedication and wish all Ramones fans (of which I am one) and George W. Bush fans, well on this holiday.


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