Southpaw, the Park Slope music venue and bar that has hosted all kinds of music events and acts, including Patti Smith and Joan Jett, is set to close after 11 years in the neighborhood. A tutoring school will open in its place, the Brooklyn Paper reports.
The owner Mikey Palms, who also owns Williamsburg's Public Assembly, explains why he's throwing in the towel, "I’m kind of over Park Slope — it’s not a destination for nightlife anymore. It’s time to go." Though Palms has added more family-friendly programming over the last decade as parents moved into the neighborhood and artists moved out—he has stroller check—the rents have gone up and the scene has changed. Listen to how Palms got the space: "A crackhead and a prostitute were living above the venue and the owner told me, 'If you can get ’em out, you can have the space.'"
Of course not all neighbors will be glad to see them go. Argues a local, "just because we’re ‘babyified’ doesn’t mean we don’t want good music."
· Southpaw to become tutoring center [BP]