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Neighborhood Watch: Awaiting Gucci on the LES

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One of the dudes opening up the Queensbridge Theater?a "rock 'n roll supper club" in Long Island City?talks to Gothamist about bring priced out of Manhattan: "Where do you see the Lower East Side/East Village area in 5 or 10 years from now? Think SoHo. The community board is already telling bars and lounges that are up for Liquor License renewals that they will only give their support if the bar agrees to closing at 1 a.m. Look for more boutiques, national & international chains like Gucci and expensive restaurants. In your opinion, will venues like Mercury Lounge be able to stay afloat? Mercury Lounge will survive 5 years. I do not know if they can survive 10. [Gothamist; previously]