Maxwell’s is closing this week. The Hoboken rock institution has played a vital role in the city’s history for the past few decades, and it’s a cultural relic. The folks at New York Magazine put together an oral history of the place, and recently I wrote about how the venue was not only a product of — but also a victim to — the march of gentrification.
However one of the unsung heroes of the place — and something that I’ll truly miss — is its chicken pot pie, which I ate for the final time last night.
A few weeks ago, our own Nick Moran wrote about the closing of Maxwell’s, a Hoboken landmark that doubles as a restaurant and concert space. Now, at The Paris Review Daily, Josh Lieberman goes to the venue’s last Feelies concert, pointing out that “in no way is Maxwell’s an ideal place to see a show, except that it is.”
"The town has changed. The residents who made up the previous gentrification waves have been pushed out to new frontlines, or else they’ve grown up. The current milieu is composed of frat boys and young parents. In the comments section for The Star Ledger’s report on the bar’s closing, Hoboken is described with epithets like, ‘frat row,’ ‘HoBroken,’ and ‘DOUCHEVILLE.’”
Goodbye, Maxwell’s by Nick Moran