Hey, do you love The Ramones? I sure do; so much so, that I even made the trek, by subway train and foot, all the way out to Flushing Meadows, Corona Park (a long, long ass way) to visit the Queens Museum, where there is a newly-opened exhibit that is all about Forest Hills, Queens favorite sons, the legendary Ramones. Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk, as you can imagine by the title, is pretty sweet.
This image of the late Joey Ramone wearing a pair of Boxing Gloves was created to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Ramones debuting at CBGB. The mural went up on September 3rd, 2015 but it took me a few weeks to get around to seeing it for the first time, in early October, which is when I took this photo while (literally) standing in the middle of the street between idling cars that were waiting for the light to change at the corner of Bleecker and the Bowery — directly across from the former location of the legendary music venue, which is now a John Varvatos Clothing Boutique. The mural was painted by Solus and John CRASH Matos, who you might remember from This Post.
Update: As of August 24th, 2017 The Joey Ramone Mural has been Replaced by a Mural of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
An authentic US Passport once owned by the late Jeff Hyman (AKA Joey Ramone) is currently up for auction through 6:00 PM EST on February 21st, 2013. Here’s a description:
Joey Ramone’s personal passport, number 061041624, issued on September 9, 1986. Passport measures 3.5 x 5, and contains his printed personal information on the inside front cover, signed on the adjoining page in black ink with his real name, “Jeff Hyman.” Affixed on the personal information page is a 1.5 x 1.75 passport snapshot. Forty-four of the inside pages are stamped on both sides with entry stamps and some affixed work visas and permits from around the world including London, Japan, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Canada, Norway, Canada, and New York City. Stamps date from the late 1980s to 1996. Expected wear from use, two punch holes to front cover, and several labels affixed to covers, otherwise fine condition. Provenance: Joey Ramone Estate. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the Joey Ramone Estate. A very personal and one-of-a-kind item, enhanced by his uncommon legal signature, and also showcasing the band’s willingness to play anywhere and anytime. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Bidding is currently around $2200. Click This Link to Bid!
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For Immediate Release:
New York NY: Help raise money for the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research this Friday night (5/20/11) at The Suffolk! The focus of the event will be an auction for items signed by Henry Rollins, Anthony Bourdain, KISS, Lemmy Kilmister, Cyndi Lauper and many more! There will also be performances by Bodyface, Prospector and the Thunderfucks, plus a Ramones supergroup featuring Ali McMordie of Stiff Little Fingers and others.
Admission is free with a donation suggested, from which all proceeds go to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research. The Suffolk is located at 107 Suffolk Street (at Rivington), in Downtown Manhattan. Festivities start at 10:00 PM! More Details Are Available Here: http://www.joeyramone.com.
On This Date, November 30th In 2003: The corner of Bowery and Second Street in New York City was renamed Joey Ramone Place in honor of the singer of The Ramones who passed away from cancer on April 15th in 2001. The sign is one of the most popular landmarks in NYC for “souvenir seekers,” shall we say. To dissuade those who are light fingered, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.