February 17, 2005
Life During Wartime
This ain't no fooling around. The Bottom Line? New York continues to treat it's historic nightclubs like (the) Mudd (Club):
The legendary downtown club that ushered in American punk rock is in danger of being priced out of its longtime haunt.The Village Gate: Gone. Tramps: Gone. Brownies: Gone. Coney Island High: Gone. Mudd Club: Gone. The Bottom Line: Gone. Tonic: Almost Gone. Luna Lounge and Fez: Soon to be Gone.
CBGB is facing the prospect of shutting down when its lease expires in August — and its annual rent could reach nearly half a million dollars.
For more than 30 years, CBGB has anchored the Bowery with its eclectic mix of live bands.
When owner Hilly Kristal opened the club in 1972, rent was a mere $600 a month for the space under a Bowery flophouse.
But now that the neighborhood has become chic — that is, pricey — Kristal's rent could reach almost $40,000 a month, twice what the Village Voice says is now $20,000.
But I hear you can go see U2 at Madison Square Garden for $169.50.
Sad. Very, very sad.
Don't forget the Wetlands - gone. The Bottomline was one of the great last holdouts and it's a shame. OTOH there's still some good music happening cheap in the Village, but it is very sad to see the Village as a whole become so mainstream and upscale.Post a Comment