The readers of this website are continually kept “in the know” about things to do in our region care of our handy, dandy Events Calendar. It’s here that you find the concerts, special events and conventions of no less than 50 or so places in the metropolis that we regularly document with one of the main places being the Saint Vitus Bar, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Earlier today, the folks at SVB announced a special Kickstarter to help operations once this dreaded Coronavirus has left us. Take a look down below.
The scuttlebutt about the venue known as Brooklyn Bazaar being up for sale had been going on for a couple of months already and while some of the performers I knew in our region felt it would be business as usual until the lease expired whenever that was set to go…the news began to circulate just a short time ago about the venues closure next month. Take a look at the Official Statement that has been posted on some of the reporting outlets.
Presenting The Full Statement On The Matter From Brooklyn Bazaar:
“After 3 years and thousands of shows, events, fundraisers, benefits, podcasts, weddings and everything in between, Brooklyn Bazaar’s stay at Polonaise Terrace is coming to an end. We are extremely bummed to announce that Brooklyn Bazaar will be closing its 150 Greenpoint Ave location at the completion of our current lease, which expires on November 30, 2019. We have tried endlessly to negotiate a new lease extension and term but the landlord has been ridiculously unreasonable, with their final offer only being a month to month extension – which makes programming (from tours to weddings) and operation essentially impossible”.
So NYC real estate once again gets to kick us to the curb. Joy. “I guess this is what you get when you keep convincing yourself that signing short term leases are a good idea. We were naive enough to actually (foolishly) think that this time would be different, this time the landlords would be reasonable, this time they’d work with us…but nope, surprise! I know I’ve said this before but this city (particularly the private real estate sector) really, really makes it tough for independent venues and businesses to survive, let alone succeed. OK, sure NYC lost it’s soul years ago and I get that, but being a native New York kid, it’s extra frustrating to see your city eat it’s own over and over and over again. I mean this is literally like fucking Groundhog Day for us. But it is what it is.”
-Belvy Klein & Aaron Broudo, Co Owners, Brooklyn Bazaar LLC Continue reading Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Bazaar To Close In November Of 2019→
Back in April, we helped to share the news about the legendary Irving Plaza shutting its doors for a few months to do an extensive and expansive renovation and if you missed the finer details about the story just click HERE to be up to date. Last night the venue hosted its last Rock show for the time being with the band Anberlin who performed for two nights and when it was all said and done, there was a message to the masses and those simply passing by the place. Thanks to our friend in music Morgan K. who snapped this visual and permitted me to use it for this notice.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So as you can see this is more of a “Ciao For Now” as opposed to the goodbye that was recently said by both B.B. King Blues Club and the Highline Ballroom and even Roseland Ballroom if you choose to scroll back through the pages of time a little longer. New York City has lost a lot of the smaller venues like Tammany Hall and Santos Party House along with Kenny’s Castaways and when Webster Hall returned from its renovation they had left both The Studio and The Marlin Room in the dumpster. It’s my hope that the renovation at Irving Plaza moves along at a steady pace so they get back to booking the shows that so many of us entertained night after night. I don’t know the overall plans for the place but if I learn them I will gladly share the information. My hope is a main floor that doesn’t bounce along with the hundreds of fans because that honestly terrifies me and I also hope for some expanded facilities and maybe even places to charge ones mobile devices and reliable free WiFi. Nowadays, one cannot simply go to a show without snagging a clip or two to share on their social networks to bring everyone you know into the mix with you. So as I close this announcement up, I say thank you Irving Plaza for the times so far and we shall catch up with you soon enough. You readers can chime in with what you think or hope the new configuration will be like down in the comments and remember to keep a look at our always updated Events Calendar to see who is playing where until this venue returns to us. I’ve heard that it would last almost but not quite a year’s time. That should go by fast enough.
Some of you might remember when we first discussed the news about NYC’s own City Winery announcing their plans to relocate by the end of 2019. That news can be observed HERE by the interested, but now there is a revelation and a brand-new space to come. Check it out.
The Press Release:
City Winery Founder and CEO, Michael Dorf, is pleased to announce that they are moving locations. After 10 incredible years at 155 Varick Street, City Winery has just signed a 25-year lease with RXR/Young Woo for a 32,000-sq. ft. space at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. This site will be anchored by Google LLC, which will occupy a majority of the art deco former , Marine and Aviation Pier. The Pier is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places and occupies a highly visible location in the park at West 15th Street, near Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District, the High Line and the recently opened Whitney Museum.
“We are excited and honored to have found a home in Hudson River Park and to be amongst so many architecturally significant buildings in this area. Pier 57 is going to be an amazing adaptive reuse with its own market, Google, and an 80,000-sq. ft. rooftop public park. We are so happy to be part of this unique space and instantly felt a connection to it, as it includes plans for a public marketplace as well. To bring our winemaking, food, and music to this market complex feels like a karmic honor,” says Michael Dorf. Continue reading NYC’s City Winery Is Heading Uptown→
The Press Release:
Irving Plaza, the 150-year-old iconic venue and host to a galaxy of legendary performers including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews Band, The Talking Heads, The Clash, The Ramones, Radiohead and more will close this summer for eight months as part of a dramatic multi-million dollar makeover intended to transform the landmark performance hall with numerous upgrades and renovations throughout the building, it was announced by Live Nation’s Clubs & Theaters division.
Following a complete renovation of the property located in the Union Square neighborhood, improvements will include contemporary revamps of the lobby area and the music hall, new bars on all levels of the venue, the addition of a downstairs VIP lounge, and remodeling of the mezzanine including a new box-seating section configuration located on the mezzanine.