Last night marked the final night of music at New York’s famed rock club CBGB’s. Crowds lined up early in the day to catch the final show, which featured Patti Smith, who was also one of the first to play the club, which opened in late 1973. Situated on the Bowery in lower Manhattan, CBGB’s (its full name was CBGB & OMFUG, which stands for Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers) was home to likes of The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie in its early days. It’s the latest in downtown Manhattan music venues to close in recent years, being forced out by ever skyrocketing rents.
The New York Times’ Jon Pareles wrote:
The closing of CBGB is the end of a lovable chunk of New York City real estate, but it's far from the end of an era. After a yearlong goodbye--since CBGB's disputes with its landlord, the nonprofit Bowery Residents' Committee, first surfaced in 2005--too much mourning is unnecessary.