When word spread last week that Hilly Kristal had died, fans left flowers and candles, and scrawled tributes to the man on the storefront of what was once CBGB. Earlier this week, someone added masking tape polka dots to the sidewalk and storefront.
The tributes lasted a week. The storefront and tributes to Hilly were painted over on Wednesday. Almost a year after forcing the club to close, the Bowery Residents Committee still cannot find a tenant to take over the CBGB and Gallery space. However, some of the masking tape polka dots seemed to have survived the purge.