Lou Reed, gatekeeper
News of Lou Reed’s death arrived on the Bowery via push notification.
Just before 3pm Sunday at DBGB, the trendy Daniel Boulud brasserie winkingly named for the departed CBGB club, smartphones blinked awake across the dining room, and there it was. Breaking news from the New York Times app.
Minutes later, the restaurant played “Perfect Day” on its sound system. My friends and I finished lunch and walked one block up to the old CBGB storefront to see how the East Village would react to the moment.
In January, I was on the Bowery with Richard Hell, who invented punk rock. We went into an art bookstore on Bond Street and he found a collection of pictures by Richard Prince. After a minute, he jabbed me on the shoulder.
“Check this out!” he rasped, surprised, pointing at the book. It was a Read More
Much has been made of the metamorphosis of the Bowery from one time skid row to trendy runway. Boutique hotels, apartment buildings, the New Museum and residential developments have landed and it seems retail is realizing the street’s potential.
“I really think it’s coming together down there,” said Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of the retail Read More
Yesterday, Jen Carlson from Gothamist posted that she had it on “good authority” that legendary Bowery scene club CBGB was “alive in spirit” and was possibly looking for a new space to open in Manhattan. Which is so vague it could mean literally anything. Which already is a terrible sign.
put a fork in us
As far as we can tell, CBGB is little more than a series of letters appearing on t-shirts in suburban malls. Apparently it was a rock club once, right? Well, anyway, now that three Ramones are dead and David Byrne is busy with White House Correspondents dinner bashes and whatnot, it’s time to Read More
We suspect this news would give Patti Smith the CBGBs.
The former CBGB Gallery space at 313 Bowery is on the market. The former den of the Ramones and Blondie was only a couple of years ago rescued from a perilous conversion into a bank branch by the Morrison Hotel Gallery. With its recent Lynn Goldsmith exhibit Read More
Artist Justin Lowe plans to recreate the CBGB bathroom at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, reports the Wall Street Journal:
Lowe’s installation, up June 3 through Sept. 5, will take over four of the museum’s galleries and feature walls papered in Day-Glo collages involving movie stars, vintage book covers and illustrations of Read More
On Tuesday, May 5, the John Varvatos boutique at 315 Bowery was perhaps the only nightspot on all of the Lower East Side where someone in his late ’20s or early ’30s might actually feel young.
Like, really young. Slightly-out-of-place-because-he-does-not-yet-have-any-gray-hair young.
Not that this was a bad thing, especially considering the reason for this demographic Read More
“I don’t need any water!” exclaimed an exasperated Mandy Stein, nervously working the red carpet outside the AMC Loews Village 7 cinemas on Friday, April 24, while relatives and aides hassled her with questions, advice and refreshments.
Ms. Stein, daughter of the late Linda Stein, real estate agent to the stars Read More
Designer John Varvatos is stealing a page from American Idol creator Simon Fuller‘s playbook, announcing the launch of his own “Free The Noise” battle of the bands contest to be broadcast on the Spin magazine Web site SPINearth.tv.
The fashionable 50-something self-professed “music junkie”—whose past ad campaigns have featured rockers Perry Farrell and Read More