Hoboken club mainstay Maxwell's to close at end of July
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Can't it be saved? Maxwell's in Hoboken is set to close at the end of July.
Can't it be saved? Maxwell's in Hoboken is set to close at the end of July.
HOBOKEN -- Famous live music venue Maxwell's is closing its doors at the end of July, NJ.com reported on Monday afternoon.

Maxwell's has hosted many up and coming bands throughout the years, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1984. It still attracts name acts.

The bar/restaurant is located on the corner of Eleventh and Washington streets.

Longtime booking agent and co-owner Todd Abramson said it's been getting harder to run the business. He said the club's lease is up for renewal in July, and that the new rent was reasonable, but there are other problems, particularly parking. Bands have been booted, he said.

Mile-square Hoboken has become a very popular destination for young people, particularly with its bars, restaurants, and proximity to New York, but that also means that parking can be especially dense on a weekend night. The town offers garages on the lower waterfront to handle the overflow.

Abramson said in the NJ.com story, "On July 31, I think we're going to go out the way we came in -- with the band 'a'." That band featured members of the Bongos and Glenn Morrow.

Of the parking situation, Abramson said, "I've had bands whose vans have been booted because the signs are so unclear."

Two years ago, Fox News did a two-part investigative report in which they showed that their own van was booted after it stayed in town for a short period of time, left, and came back. The Parking Utility erroneously thought the van had been there for hours, and ticketed it.

At the time, city officials, who had stepped up enforcement over that year, said they might revisit the signage. However, no changes have yet been made.

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