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The year in concert venue closings (and openings)

Andrew Frisicano

By all accounts this was a rough year for the NYC music scene. A number of the city's best venues shut their doors in 2014, and some of our favorite DIY spots fared especially poorly. Williamsburg haven 285 Kent closed in early January, followed by the neighboring Death By Audio in November. For next door spot GlasslandsNew Year's Eve will be the last night.

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Larger, more established venues weren't immune from closing either: After 95 years Roseland Ballroom shuttered in April. Other departed spaces include Goodbye Blue Monday and Spike Hill—two spots that regularly booked nightly no-cover shows—Bushwick New Age hub Body Actualized Center and Greenpoint punk-rock pizzeria-bar Lulu's. And as the year is ending, news comes that yet another Williamsburg space, Trash Bar, will join the ranks of the defunct.

While none of these places are easily replaceable, there's hope that 2015 will offer new possibilities. Already Brooklyn spots like Palisades and Aviv are hosting a variety of punk, indie-rock, hip-hop and dance shows (DIY isn't dead, not yet at least). New Greenwich Village Latin music spot Subrosa is set to open in January, and the Living Room, which moved from the LES to a new building just over the Williamsburg Bridge, has established itself as an indie-roots destination since opening in October.

We're optimistic—you should be too.


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