Original Location of Paul's Boutique Goes Up in Flames

Original Location of Paul's Boutique Goes Up in Flames
Apparently, Beastie Boys nostalgia is de rigueur. But while last week's announcement of Fight for Your Right Revisted -- the short film replicating the video for the Beasties' 1986 party anthem "Fight for Your Right" -- had us stomping our old-school Adidas in approval, news that the site of the original Paul's Boutique was hit by a massive fire last night (January 20) has considerably less juiced.

The Gothamist [via The Daily Swarm] reports that the Manhattan spot that was iconically featured on the cover of the Beasties' 1989 album Paul's Boutique went up in smoke sometime around 8:30 p.m. Luckily no injuries have been reported. However, it's unclear how much damage was caused by the fire, though according to one eye witness, "It just burned down."

Though forever linked to hip-hop's history, the building was currently operating as a restaurant called Three Monkeys. It's unclear whether or not the trio of simians are, in fact, brass monkeys.