Knitting Factory Clinches Move to Williamsburg

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Enjoy it while it lasts.Photo: Andrew Karcie


According to a Times article, the Knitting Factory secured permission to move to the former Luna Lounge this week (ah, the irony — a Lower East Side institution moves to Brooklyn, only to be replaced by a Tribeca institution moving to Brooklyn). When the new one-room space opens, in four to nine months, it’ll be smaller than the current triplex — and bankrolled, in part, by concert halls the Knit has purchased in Boise and Spokane, where acts like, um, Ted Nugent will play. So with Tonic and Knitting Factory gone, will the “downtown” music scene now be rooted in Williamsburg? Nah — there’s still John Zorn’s albeit booze-less East Village venue, the Stone. Like Fear once said, “New York’s all right — if you like saxophones.”

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