There it was at 315 Bowery at Bleeker, the world's most famous scuzzy rock club and, for all intents and purposes, the birthplace of punk. CBGB survived from 1973 through to October 15, 2006, when it finally fell victim to gentrification and high rent.
Before he died of lung canacer a year later, owner Hilly Kristal had talked about moving much of the club's contents to a new location. Las Vegas? That was a possibility.
But then Hilly passed and there was a battle between his daughter and an ex-wife over the estate that took a while to sort out. His daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman, ending up winning the $3 million estate, taking control of whatever the lawyers and creditors didn't scoop up.
So where's all the stuff from the original CBGB? In a basement somewhere, apparently. And there's talk that someone is looking to set it up somewhere new in Manhattan. According to one source, the plan is to make the new place look just like the old one. )All I ask is that they don't replicate the old bathrooms. The horror.)
Nice idea, but you know that it won't be the same. I have mixed feelings on this. Yes, New York needs clubs like this to incubate new bands and sounds. But to try and replicate the original vibe of CBGBs? That can't be forced.
We'll see if any of this comes to pass.