The NYTimes decided to write about rock venues again yesterday (July 31), here’s the gist of what Ben Sisario said:
Brooklyn Bowl – A combination 600-capacity music club and 16-lane bowling alley, it will also have a menu created by Blue Ribbon, a chain of restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Built on the site of a 20,000-square-foot former iron foundry built in the 1880s on Wythe Avenue at North 11th Street.
The City Winery – A private winemaking society and live-music space from the founder of the Knitting Factory, Michael Dorf. The first confirmed booking is Philip Glass, who will play four nights in March.
Santos Party House – A 6,000-square-foot, 570-capacity club on Lafayette Street just south of Canal Street whose owners include the rock singer Andrew W. K. and Spencer Sweeney. Santos emulates its combination of underground rock and wild late-night dancing and its street-culture aesthetic.
Le Poisson Rouge – Whose stage and seating can be reconfigured to allow from 250 to 650 people, was extensively redesigned from its days as the Village Gate, which closed in 1993. Various measures have been taken to keep the sonic atmosphere pristine, from a sound system by the architect and designer John Storyk, who worked on Jazz at Lincoln Center and Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios, to having bartenders pre-fill glasses with ice and stir “” not shake “” mixed drinks. Recent programming has paired the classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein with the singer-songwriter Essie Jain, and Jonathan Kane of the 1980s noise band Swans with the new-music pianist Kathleen Supové.
Galapagos – The pioneering arts space left Williamsburg and reopened in much bigger digs in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Here’s what he left out:
The Bell House – The Bell House is the new Gowanus (7th St between 3rd and 4th aves) music venue being built by the owners of Union Hall. The Bell House is set to open this fall.
Second Unnamed Gowanus Venue – Brownstoner recently reported on the construction of a new “drinking and dancing establishment” on DeGraw Street between 3rd and 4th avenues.