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200 FAMOUS NYC MUSIC VENUES - PAST AND PRESENT


CBGB's, 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street, 1982



The neighborhood maps are followed by the addresses to all the music landmakrs by era.

The two-page spreads work best on cellphones, since you can see an entire swath of Manhattan at once and they are scalable. The single-space pages make easier viewing on larger computer screens.


Map 1A+B FIDI - DOWNTOWN (as 2-page spread)



Map 1A FINANCIAL - WEST



Map 1B FINANCIAL - EAST



Map 2A+B The VILLAGES (as 2-page spread)



Map 2A VILLAGE - WEST



Map 2B VILLAGE - EAST



Map 3A+B MIDTOWN (as 2-page spread)



Map 3A MIDTOWN - WEST



Map 3B MIDTOWN - EAST



Map 4A+B PLAZA (as 2-page spread)



Map 4A PLAZA - WEST



Map 4B PLAZA EAST



Map 5A+B UPPER WEST SIDE / EAST SIDE (as 2-page spread)



Map 5A UPPER - WEST



Map 5B UPPER - EAST



Map 6A+B The BOROUGHS (as 2-page spread)


Map 6A BOROUGHS - WEST (Staten Island)



Map 6B EAST BOROUGHS - EAST (Upper Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn)


FAMOUS NYC MUSIC VENUES - PAST AND PRESENT


• Pre-1950's Pop Music Nightclubs and Venues (1900-1950 - The Big Band/Swing Era)

Cafe Society (1 Sheridan Square at Barrow Street)
The Cotton Club (Lenox and 142nd St. 1923-1935; TImes Square - 200 West 48th St. and Broadway (1936-1940) - 1923-1936
Copacapana (10 East 60th Street b/t 5th Ave and Madison Ave.) (1940-1992)
Latin Quarter (1580 Broadway b/t 47-48) (1942-1970's)
The Stork Club (3 East 53rd Street b/t 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.)(1929-1965)
Paradise Cabaret (1619 Broadway at 49th St., 2nd fl.)(1930's)
Hurricane (1619 Broadway at 49th St., 2nd fl.) (1940-1944)
Zanzibar (1619 Broadway at 49th St., 2nd fl)(1944-1948)
Bop City (1619 Broadway at 49th St., 2nd fl.)(1949-1951)
Jimmy Ryan's (53 West 52nd St. (1940-1962); 154 West 54th St. (1962 -1983 )(Dixieland Jazz)
El Morocco (154 East 54th b/t 3rd and Lexington Aves.)(1930's-1950's)
The Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor; near 49th St and 6th Ave)(1934-2009)

• Famous 1950's Rock and Roll Venues

American Bandstand Theater (The Little Theater, now the Helen Hayes) (240 West 44th b/t 7th and 8th Aves.)
Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street, Harlem)
Brooklyn Paramount Theater (Flatbush ave. at DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn) (Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Shows)(Now a Long Island University gymnasium)
Fox Theater (20 Flatbush Ave. at Fulton St., Brooklyn) (demolished: had Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Shows)
The Paramount (1501 Broadway at 43rd St. Times Square) (now the Hard Rock Cafe)

• ICONIC MUSIC CLUBS FROM FOLK TO PUNK
• Famous circa 1955-1965's Greenwich Village Folk Music Clubs and Venues

The Bitter End (147 Bleecker St. b/t Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.)
Cafe Bizarre (106 West 3rd St. b/t MacDOugal St. and Sullivan St.)
Cafe FIgaro (186 Bleecker St. at MacDougal St.)
Cafe Wha? (115 MacDougal St. at Minetta Lane)
The Cock 'n Bull (147 Bleecker St. b/t Thompson and LaGuardia) (closed in 1961; became The Bitter End)
The Commons/Fat Black Pussycat (11-13 Minetta St. b/t Minetta St. and Bleecker St.; other end was 105 MacDougal St.)
The Dugout (145 Bleecker St. b/t Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.)
The Gaslight Cafe (116 MacDougal St. b/t Bleecker St. and West 3rd St.)
Gerde's Folk City (11 West 4th St. at Mercer)
• • from 1952-1956 (11 West 3rd St. at Mercer)
• • from 1956-1969 (11 West 4th St. at Mercer)
• • from 1969-1986 (130 West 3rd St. at 6th Ave)
The Night Owl Cafe (118 West 3rd St. b/t MacDougal and SIxth Ave.)
The Village Gate (160 Bleecker at Thompson St.)
The Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Avenue South at Waverly Place)
The Limelight (71 Seventh Avenue South b/t Grove St. and Barrow St.)
The Other End (147 Bleecker St. b/t Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.)
The White Horse Tavern (567 Hudson Street at West 11th St.)
Other Folk-era Places)
The Kettle of Fish (bar/restaurant)
Mills Tavern (bar) (167 Bleecker St. b/t Sullivan St. and Thompson St.
Tin Angel (restaurant) (145 Bleecker St. b/t Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.)
Alan Block's Sandal Shop (171 West 4th St. b/t Sixth Ave and Jones St.)
Izzy Young's Folklore Center (110 MacDougal St. b/t Mineta Lane and Bleecker St.)
Cafe Feenjon (105 MacDougal St. b/t Bleecker and Minetta Lane )(It came after The Fat Black Pussycat)
• Famous 1950's and 1960's Folk Music Concert Halls - Larger Venues
Carnegie Hall (145 West 57th Street and 7th - or 881 7th Avenue)
New York City Center (131 West 55th Street b/t 6th and 7th Aves.)
Philharmonic Hall (now David Geffin Hall/Lincoln Center) (132 West 65th Street)
The Town Hall (123 West 43rd at Sixth Ave)

• Famous Rock Clubs, Venues and Arenas circa 1965 -1980's
The Beacon Theater (2124 Broadway b/t 74th-75th Sts.)
The Bottom Line (15 West 4th Street at Mercer St.)
Cafe au Go Go (152 Bleecker Street, basement, b/t Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.)
Cheetah (53rd St b/t Broadway and 7th Avenue)
The Dom (19-23 Saint Mark's Place b/t 2nd and 3rd Aves.)
The Electric Circus (19-23 Saint Mark's Place b/t 2nd and 3rd Aves.) (1967-1971)
Fillmore East (105 2nd Avenue b/t 6th and 7th Sts.)
The Garrick Theater (152 Bleecker Street b/t Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.)
Kenny's Castaways (Uptown 1967 -1976 ;157 Bleecker St.:1976-2012)
Lone Star Cafe (61 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street)
Lone Star Roadhouse (240 West 52nd b/t 7th and 8th Aves.)
Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza: 32nd St and 7th Ave)
Max's Kansas City (213 Park Avenue South b/t 17th and 18th St.)
The Mercer Arts Center (240 Mercer Street at 3rd Street)(in the back of Broadway Central Hotel)
Ondine (308 East 59th Street b/t 1st and 2nd Aves.) (Discotheque: 60's-70's)
The Palladium (formerly The Academy of Music)(now an NYU Dorm)(126 East 14th Street b/t 3rd and 4th Aves.)
The Peppermint Lounge (discotheque) (128 West 45th Street b/t 6th and 7th Aves - in Knickerbocker Hotel; 1958-1965; later became G. G. Barnum's Room; "PL" reopened in 1982 at 100 5th Ave)
The Ritz (now Webster Hall)(125 East 11th Street)
The Saint (Discotheque: 70's) (105 2nd Avenue b/t 6th and 7th Sts.)
Steve Paul's The Scene (301 West 46th at 8th Ave.)
Studio 54 (Discotheque: 60's-70's) (254 West 54th Street b/t Broadway and 8th Ave.)
Trude Heller's (418 Sixth Avenue at 9th Street)

• Famous 1970's-1980's Mostly Punk and New Wave Venues
The Academy
(234 West 43rd St. b/t 7th and 8th Aves.
Area (157 Hudson Street at Laight Street)
Bond's International Casino (1526 Broadway at 45th St; Times Square)
Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey Street b/t Bowery and Christie)
Brownies (169 Avenue A b/t E 10th and E 11th Sts.)
The Cat Club (76 East 13th Street at 4th Ave.)
CBGB and OMFUG (CBGB's) (315 Bowery at end of Bleecker St.)(1973-2006)
Coney Island High (15 Saint Mark's Place b/t 2nd and 3rd Aves.)
Danceteria (30 West 21st Street b/t 5th and 6th Aves.)(1979-1988)
Fez (380 Lafayette St. at Great Jones St. )(under the TIme Cafe)
Great Gildersleeves 331 Bowery b/t 2nd and 3rd Sts.
Hurrah (36 W. 62nd Street SWC Broadway) (1976-1980)
Irving Plaza (17 Irving Place at 15th St.)
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (112 Avenue A at E 7th Street)
The Knitting Factory (47 East Houston Street b/t Mulberry and Mott)
The Limelight (47 West 20th Street at 6th Ave) (1983-90's)
Lismar Lounge (41 First Avenue b/t E 2nd and E 3rd Sts.)
Luna Lounge (171 Ludlow St. b/t E. Houston and Stanton St.)
The Marquee (547 West 21st Street b/t 10th and 11th Aves.)
Maxwell's (1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ)
The Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston Street b/t Ludlow St. and Essex St.)
The Mudd Club (77 White Street, b/t Broadway and Lafayette St.)
The Palladium (formerly The Academy of Music) (140 East 14th Street b/t 3rd ad 4th Ave.)(1976-1995)
Paradise Garage (84 King Street b/t Hudson and Varick)
The Peppermint Lounge (100 5th Ave at 15th St.; previously at 45th St.)
The Pyramid Club (101 Avenue A b/t E 6th and E 7th Sts.)
Save the Robots (25 Avenue B b/t East 2nd and E 3rd Sts.)
Tramp's (125 East 15th St. b/t Irving Pl. and Third Ave.; later moved to 51 West 21st St.)
Trax 100 West 72nd Street b/t Columbus Ave. and Broadway (basement)
The Tunnel (220 12th Ave b/t W 27th and W 28th Sts.) (1986-2001)
Wetlands Preserve (161 Hudson Street at Laight St.)
White Columns (325 Spring Street b/t Washington and Greenwich Sts.)
The World (254 East 2nd St. b/t Avenue B and Avenue C)
Xenon (124 West 43rd b/t 6th and Broadway) (in the former Henry Miller Theater) (1978-1984)

• Large 60's-90's Venues
Carnegie Hall (145 West 57th Street and 7th - or 881 7th Avenue)
Central Park (Rheingold Music Festival / Wollman Rink - 1966-1967)
Central Park (Schaefer Music Festival / Wollman Rink - 1967-1976)
Central Park (The Bandshell; Sumerstage 1986-1990)
Central Park (Rumsey Playfield; Sumerstage 1990 - present)
Central Park (Sheep Meadow; last show 1979)
Central Park (The Great Lawn)
- Elton John - Sept. 13, 1980
- Simon & Garfunkel (Reunion Concert) Sept. 19, 1981
- Diana Ross - July 21, 1983
- Paul Simon - August 15, 1991
- Garth Brooks - August 7, 1991
- Dave Matthews - Sept. 25, 2003
- Bon Jovi - July 12, 2008
- The Black Eyed Peas - Sept. 30, 2011

Pier 84 (i.e. W 44th St. and Hudson River) (Dr. Pepper Music Festival, later Miller TIme Concerts - 1981-1988)
Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza: 32nd St and 7th Ave)
Metropolitan Opera House (Lincoln Center at Broadway and 64th Street)
Radio City Music Hall (1260 Avenue of the Americas at West 50th St.)
Shea Stadium (126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Queens)
Nassau Colisieum (1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY)
Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, Queens)
Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY )(opened 2012)
Brendan Byrne Arena (1981-1996)/ Continental Airlines Arena (1996-2007) East Rutherford, N.J.
Battery Park City landfill No Nukes Concert - 1979 (200,000 people)

• Famous 1970's-80's Disco and Dance Venues

Cheetah (310 West 52nd Street and Broadway)
Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenues)
Heartbreak (179 Varick St. b/t Charlton St. and King St)
Roxy 1990 (515 West 18th Street b/t 10th and 11th Avenues) (went from roller dosco to hip hop venue)
Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd St. b/t Broadway and 8th Ave.)
S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil, 1982-present) (204 Varick St. at W. Houston St.)
Tunnell (220 12th Ave. b/t 27th and 28th Sts.) (1986-2001)
Regine's (502 Park Avenue at 59th St.) (1976-1991)
Le Club (416 East 55th b/t 1st Ave.and Sutton Pl. )(opened in 1960)
Arthur (154 East 54th b/t 3rd and Lexington )(opened 1965)
Salvation (1 Sheridan Square at Barrow St.) (opened 1969)
Sanctuary (407 West 43rd b/t 9th and 10th Aves. )(opened 1970)
Le Jardin (110 West 43rd St. b/t 6th and 7th Aves.) (in Diplomat Hotel)
The Underground (860 Broadway at 17th St).
2001 Odyssey (802 64th St. Brooklyn )(1978 from Saturday Night Fever)


• Famous 1970-1980's Hip Hop Venues and Locations

1520 Sedgewick Avenue, The Bronx (Birth of Hip Hop)
Tramp's (51 West 21st St. b/t 5th and 6th Aves)
The Tunnel (220 12th Ave b/t W 27th and W 28th Sts.) (1986-2001)

• Famous Post-1980's Rock Clubs, Venues and Arenas - Manhattan

Arlene's Grocery (95 Stanton St. b/t Orchard St. and Ludlow St.)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street b/t 7th and 8th Avenues)
Nokia Theater (2005-2010) (aka Playstation Theater (2015-present), Best Buy Theater - 2010-2015)) (1515 Broadway at W. 44th St.)
The Blue Note Jazz Club (131 West 3rd St.) (since 1981)
Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey Street b/t Bowery St. and Christie St.)
The Delancey (168 Delancey Street b/t Clinton and Attorneys Sts.)
Pianos (158 Ludlow Street b/t Stanton St. and Rivington St.)
The Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd St.b/t Park and LExington Aves.)
Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th St. b/t 8th and 9th Aves.)
Highline Ballroom (431 W. 16th St. b/t 9th and 10th Aves.)
(Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street b/t Sullivan St. and Thompson St.)
The Studio at Webster Hall (125 East 11th St. b/t 3rd and 4th Aves)
Sullivan Hall (214 Sullivan Street b/t Bleecker and West 3rd)
Terminal 5 (610 West 56th St. b/t 11th and 12th St.)

Famous Post-1980's Rock Clubs, Venues and Arenas - Brooklyn

Littlefield (635 Sackett St, Gowanus, Brooklyn)
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)
Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn)
St. Ann's Warehouse (38 Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn)

• Famous 1950's-1960's Rock Music Related Buildings
The Brill Building (1619 Broadway at 49th Street) (Entire Building of Record Producing Companies)
Ed Sullivan Theater (1695 Broadway b/t 53rd and 54th St.)(The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis)
Pythian Temple (135 West 70th Street b/t Broadway and Columbus) (1st Rock song records: "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the comets 1955)
The Hard Rock Cafe (221 West 57th St. b/t 7th Ave and Broadway)
Strawberry Fields (Central Park West and 72nd entrance)
The Dakota (1 West 42nd at Central Park West)
The Chelsea Hotel (222 W 23rd St. b/t 7th Ave. and 8th Ave.)


MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC


• Famous Recording Studios and the Songs Recorded There

Electric Lady Studio (Modern day) , 52 west 8th Street at Sixth Avenue



A&R Studio 1 (112 West 48th Street b/t 6th and 7th Aves; later 700 Seventh Avenue, 322 West 48th Street) ("the Girl from Ipanema" Stan Getz/Astrid Gilberto 1964, "Brown Eyed Girl" Van Morrison 1967, "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" Peter, Paul & Mary, 1967
Atlantic Records (234 West 56th b/t Broaday and 8th Ave; later 11 West 60th, 1841 Broadway)
Bell Sound (later became The Hit Factory) (237 West 54th) ("Walk on By" Dionne Warwick 1964, "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" B.J. Thomas 1969, "Rock and Roll All Nite" Kiss 1975
Columbia Studio A (799 Seventh Avenue at 52nd Street) ("Homeward Bound" Simon and Garfunkel 1966, "Summerin the City" Lovin' Spoonful 1966, (later as A&R Studio 2: "A Simple Twist of Fate" Bob Dylan 1975, "The Weight" The Band 1968)
Columbia Studio B (49 East 52nd Street) ("Piece of my Heart" Janis/Big Brother/Holding Co. 1968, "The Only Living Boy in New York" Simon and Garfunkle 1970
Columbia 30th Street Studios ("The Church") (207 East 30th St. b/t 2nd and 3rd Aves.( (Miles David Kind of Blue, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Dave Brubeck.)
Electric Lady Studio (52 West 8th at Sixth Ave) ("Superstition" Stevie Wonder 1972, "Fame" David Bowie 1975, "Say It Ain't So" Weezer 1995)
The Hit Factory (237 West 54th b/t Broadway and 8th Ave.) (1975-1991 "Sir Duke, Stevie Wonder)
The Hit Factory (421 West 54th St. b/t 9th and 10th Aves.) (1991-2005) (Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, John Lennon, 50 Cent)
Mira Studios - (145 West 47th b/t 6th and 7th Aves.) ( "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" by The Shangri-Las and "Society's Child" by Janis Ian)
Media Sound (311 West 57th Street b/t 8th ad 9th Avenue) (famous clients: Jimi Hendrix, Billy Joel, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand)
The Power Station (now Avatar) (441 West 53rd b/t 9th and 10th Sts.) ("Hungry Heart" Bruce Springsteen 1980, "Let's Dance" David Bowie 1983, "Like a Virgin" Madonna 1984)
RCA Studios (55 East 24th Street )(Elvis: "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes,"Don't Be Cruel" in Studio A at 55 East 24th ) also and 110 West 44th Street (1953-1968)(Louise Armstrong, Perry Como, Harry BElafonte)
The Record Plant (321 West 44th b/t 8th and 9th Aves.) (Electric Ladyland album by Hendrix; Aerosmith 's "Walk This Way," 1975, "School's Out," Alice Cooper, 1972, "(Just Like) Starting Over" John Lennon 1980