so long, cbgb

The Manhattan club scene – in fact, the club scene of any city, really – is highly volatile. Clubs come and go, depending on real estate, the political climate, and a long list of other random factors. It’s not an easy business to be in, and in most cases, it’s a pretty thankless one.

But what’s hitting everyone hard today is the confirmation of the rumor that CBGB‘s (which, believe it or not, is actually a club, and not a t-shirt brand, you mall punk morons) may be priced out of its current location within the year.

From this week’s Village Voice:

It used to be a lot simpler. When Hilly Krystal started CBGB almost 32 years ago, its monthly rent was $600. But CB’s gradually made the Bowery chic, and new ground-floor space on the legendary punk club’s street now rents for around $55 per square foot. Krystal’s third lease ends this August; a new lease would cost him somewhere between $38,000 and $40,000 a month, in addition to the almost $80,000 a year he pays for liability insurance.

“I pay approximately $20,000 a month now