More sad news from Bleecker Street, as yet another live music venue and bar is set to close. This time it's The Back Fence, which has been operating in the same spot on the corner of Bleecker and Thompson streets since 1945. You can predict the reason behind the closing — the building was sold last year to a developer for almost $7 million, and the new owners are seeking to recoup the investment by generating more rent from the retail space. Back Fence owner Ernie Scinto can't afford the higher rent, and will be closing down after a run of almost seven decades.
This pending shutter comes closely on the heels of the end of Kenny's Castaways, a similar live music joint that closed last fall, and spells trouble for many of the similar places in the Greenwich Village area that have been associated with the area since the end of World War II, and shows just how tough it is to put on live music in Manhattan and survive. The Back Fence will remain open through September if you care to stop by one more time.
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