I was gonna save these links for the intro to my next post on ads, but I may as well round them up here, in reverse order of how I found out about them.
Bleecker Bob's to become a Starbucks--via JVNY and GV Daily Photo. Thanks to Caryn Rose for the head's up. [UPDATE, mere seconds after my inital post--the Holiday is closing too!] [UPDATE 1/27/2012: Yesterday there was a NY Times article on this as well, which also stated that Southpaw is closing. Today JVNY reports that BB's is looking for space in the East Village.]
CBGB festival and talk of a possible revival of the club--via Bowery Boogie, Gothamist, EV Grieve, WCBS-FM, Brooklyn Vegan, and the Observer. Thanks for Bryan at This Ain't the Summer of Love for the alert.
The Court Tavern in New Brunswick to close--via the Village Voice blog.
Not news but interesting stuff from before my time--FB page for after-hours club the Nursery. Thanks to NY Rocks head honcho Ray S.
And hopefully this might cheer you up a little, or at least offer some useful distraction--go get lost within this massive NYU archive of Greenwich Village photos (link via Flaming Pablum).