A Ghost Tour of NYC’s Late, Great Clubs

On October 1st, Brooklyn’s Monster Island — home to such great DIY spaces as Monster Island Basement and Secret Project Robot –will close its doors and knock down its walls, joining the ranks of the many New York City venues that went boom and then bust thanks to to landlord drama, money problems, and changing times. The multi-purpose space, famous for the smattering of graffiti wheat-pasted across its exterior, is planned for demolition this fall, but not before it throws one last annual block party this weekend. In homage to Monster Island and the legendary clubs that came before it, after the jump we take you on a visual tour of the late, great venues of New York.

CBGB (315 Bowery)

CBGB — Country, Bluegrass, and Blues — is, or rather was, the birthplace of New York’s ‘70s punk rock scene. What started out as a tiny, unimposing club where Bleecker meets the Bowery turned into a clubhouse for artists including the Ramones, Patti Smith — who got the last word there when it closed —  Blondie, Talking Heads, and many, many more. After a scuffle with the Bowery Residents’ Committee, the space was ordered to shut down in 2006, and people still walk by John Varvatos, the high-end clothing store in its former address, with downturned heads.