Fat Black Pussycat Theatre Vestige of 1960s in Greenwich Village Painted Over


NEW YORK (AP).- A vestige of 1960s Greenwich Village has been painted over by a Mexican restaurant, prompting an outcry from New York City preservation advocates. An old sign for the Fat Black Pussycat Theatre had remained for decades at its original site on Minetta Street, a spot taken over by Panchito’s Restaurant in the 1970s. Last week, Panchito’s covered the sign with bright red paint. The coffee bar had been a beatnik haven, where some claim a young Bob Dylan wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind” in 1962. Bill Cosby, Richie Havens and Tiny Tim were among those who had performed there. Andrew Berman, executive director for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, called the paint job “a shame.” “It’s a tangible link to this incredibly important era in the neighborhood’s history, when so many great musicians and poets and artists used the South Village as a springboard to transform the world,” said Berman. “Less and less of it is left.” In 2006, the society proposed t