Out With the Old, In With the New


In a portrait of gentrification, the Times compares the scenes at Michael Dorfs City Winery and his old venue, the Knitting Factory, on the night that one opened and the other closed: At the Knitting Factory, where the dominant color was, as it has always been, black, a bohemian young audience sweated out the night in sardine closeness, with about a dozen acts performing on three floors. A note slapped above the second-floor bar read simply PBR can $3. At the spacious, golden-hued City Winery, [Joan] Osborne sang bluesy soft rock in a crimson gown, and the sold-out crowd many of whom looked as though they could well have been the parents of the Knitting Factory clientele sat comfortably at tables and ordered from a list of 500 wines. [NYT]