Sunday, December 10, 2006

Exploding Plastic Shower Curtains Inevitable

On a brief trip over Veteran's Day weekend, I saw that the awning at 315 Bowery had already been stripped off, while a sign for this establishment was newly in place at the former home of the Dom/Electric Circus. From the Times:

Just a handful of blocks from the old club on the Bowery, there’s a new CBGB in town, at 23 St. Marks Place. But instead of pushing punk rock bands, this one sells memorabilia, from camouflage T-shirts and plastic shower curtains to baby bibs and doggie clothes, all bearing the club’s logo.

The neat ground-floor space with black walls and clean, folded wares offers a sharp contrast to the grimy nightspot. For Hilly Kristal, CBGB’s 75-year-old owner, the two-week-old store is the “flagship” of an effort to make money and to experiment with the brand while working on reopening the club, probably in Las Vegas.