Pussycat Owner: ‘It’s Better We Don’t Reopen; It’s Cheaper That Way’

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Photo: Shanna Ravindra

This morning we reported that the 41-year-old Pussycat Lounge was closed owing to construction permitting issues, and now we’ve gotten in touch with owner Robert Kremer, who tells us, “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.” Kremer, who owns the building, says he doesn’t plan to sell the space and may eventually reopen it, but he hasn’t determined whether or not it will remain the Pussycat Lounge. He tells us he’s been struggling since 9/11.

“The whole area is decimated. Business is so bad that it’s better we don’t reopen — it’s cheaper that way.” He says he’s been trying to renovate his building inexpensively, since “we’re not one of those places uptown that make a lot of money.” But, he says, “The city is neglecting everybody downtown,” reiterating a complaint he voiced to City Room in 2009. “It’s like a step-child. There’s a lot of regulation they’re imposing on everybody that’s very difficult. The costs are rising. It’s a general thing, but I really do believe the city gives me some special treatment.”

Kremer wouldn’t say what that “special treatment” entailed, but we gather that it’s not a favorable kind. His other complaints include the multitude of city vehicles taking up parking spots and blocking delivery vehicles. He says, “Construction is destroying the whole area.” Still, the Pussycat’s demise isn’t 100 percent assured. “Hopefully this summer is better,” Kremer tells us.

By the way, it’s said 96 Greenwich once housed a restaurant and brothel. If you’re a sucker for that kind of history, check out the newly unearthed Gentleman’s Directory.