Cleveland Rocks, But NY Rocks More

Struggling Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to open annex in Soho
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 3:12 PM CDT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg poses for pictures in a '57 Chevy once owned by Bruce Springsteen during a news conference in New York yesterday.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Cleveland lobbied to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to bring tourists to town, but a dip in visitors has led the museum's worried organizers to turn to New York for help. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined singer Billy Joel yesterday to announce the opening of an annex to the hall in Soho in November, Forbes reports.

“There really isn't a more fitting spot for this museum than New York, the hometown of Hall of Famers like the Velvet Underground, Paul Simon, and Blondie,” Bloomberg declared. Museum officials hope the annex will draw enough interest to remain viable after its planned 2-year trial.