Gothamist: The Gothamist Best in Music 2006 Awards:
Worst Club Closing: CBGB
What a mess. The club was a shell of the shell of it's former self. It had been screwing over their bands for years, hadn't booked a relevant developing band that wasn't trying to get their "CBGB experience" in over a decade, while making it seem like the corporatization of the Lower East Side was really to blame for the club closing. That certainly didn't stop the dozens of relevant rock clubs that have popped up in that time to give the scene a much needed boost. For chrissakes, by the time it was over, the Hard Rock Cafe was more punk than the disgraced venue. While many sites and news outlets, ourselves included, covered the final days like the pope's death, with a few months now between us, we can finally say, good riddance.