The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will be coming to New York City. Flanked by Billy Joel and Clive Davis, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that in November of 2008, the New York annex of the hall will open in SoHo, more specifically 76 Mercer Street. "This is where Lou Reed took a walk on the wild side," said the Mayor. The Annex will feature items and artifacts with a distinct New York appeal, some hopefully more interesting than the phone booth from CBGB that was on display at the press conference.
According to President Terry Stewart, the New York annex is part of an overall strategy to increase the visibility of the Rock & Roll Hall and drive tourist traffic to Cleveland. However, the NYC Annex seems like just another attempt of the Hall's trustees to remove rather than attract attention to the I.M Pei designed building located on the banks of the Erie River. It's long been an issues with Clevelanders that ever since the museum opened its doors in 1995, the Hall of Fame persists in having it's induction ceremony in New York City as opposed to within the very Hall to which they are inducting members. This has been resolved in an agreement by which Cleveland will host every third induction ceremony beginning in 2009. After making such a "commitment" to its host city, this recent announcement will surely assuage the Hall of Fame Foundation's guilt for throwing Cleveland a bone.