NYC///SIGN O THE TIMES///CBGBs BECOMES JOHN VARVATOS BOUTIQUE…

April 9, 2008  |  Uncategorized

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Back in black...

Yeah, the Old New York has been dead and gone for a while now, but this week's opening of the new JOHN VARVATOS boutique on the site of the former location of CBGB’s was definitely one of the last nails in the coffin. Don't get us wrong, we love Varvatos (just look what he's done for Converse in the last few years) and the rock couture brand's fit is a total natural for the space, but rolling down Bowery and seeing the modern architecture of the new New Museum building and the home of CB’s as a high end boutique within blocks of each other just makes us realize that the street that literally gave birth to the term "skid row" and was the home of American Punk Rock in its earliest days will be an outdoor street mall within 10 years. Said Varvatos of the venture: ""We're not trying to reinvent CBGB's, we're just trying to respect the past and let people have an opportunity to enjoy what was there. It sounds kind of hokey, but the walls kind of talk in that place." Varvatos' preservation of any and all original details still left in the space is a nice touch and yeah, punk really is dead. We'll definitely feel much worse when CBGB's reopens in Las Vegas next year with all the venue's original fixtures intact, including the original stage. HAVE A LOOK:

THEN:
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Members of the New York Dolls and the Ramones outside CBGB's...

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The Ramones on stage at CB's...

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The original stage after the Bad Brains played the last gig in the OG venue...

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After the wrecking crew...

NOW:
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At least it's not a Juicy Couture store, right?...

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