Posted in music | venues on January 3, 2009

Akron/Family played the final song at the Knitting Factory (Josh Haner/The NY Times)
Knitting Factory

"It was a particularly cacophonous performance of "Auld Lang Syne." But for the Knitting Factory's last night in Manhattan, it was appropriate, as the shaggy avant-folk group Akron/Family led a version of the Scots New Year's hymn on Wednesday night that mutated from a simple singalong to screeching feedback to a meditative one-note drone." [NY TIMES]
The NYC club is closed, but that's not the last of "Knitting Factory". In addition to the locations in Hollywood, Boise and Spokane that are still open, Knitting Factory Brooklyn is supposedly opening in March. Knitting Factory is also currently promoting/presenting some shows at The Studio @ Webster Hall - two at least:
  • Jan 09 - Bear Hands, Holy Hail, Atarah Valentine & Statehood
  • Jan 24 - Oxford Collapse, Suckers & Real Estate
They are also presenting tours.

Leonard Street, 3-floor location, RIP.

Browse the archives for memories. Leave yours in the comments.

Video from the Cro-Mags show there on Sunday, below...

+++The sound at this show was terrible. This video actually sounds better than the show itself.+++

Cro Mags covering the Bad Brains classic Banned in DC and shredding through Hard Times at the Knitting Factory in New York City on December 28 2008.

Please note that this show was billed Cro-Mags, not Cro-Mags (Jam).

John Joseph - Vocals
Craig (Sick of it All) - Bass
AJ (Leeway) - Guitar
Mackie - Drums

age of quarrel [unARTigNYC]



Comments (30)

i had fun on NYE, i wish it had gone until later... but the music was great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 1:25 PM

went to all ages punk shows there long before todd patrick came to town, back before i was spoiled rotten by great shows. in retrospect, the knit was never a favorite, but it was important in a way.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 2:19 PM

Empty autumn sky:
The bright circus tents have gone,
Taking their music.

-Richard Wright
from "Haiku: The Other World"

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 2:22 PM

i played there. it was fun.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 4:20 PM

RIP. Not a perfect venue, but definitely had plenty of character.

Posted by Roland | January 3, 2009 4:48 PM

wow...that fake cro mags jam sounded like dogshit...glad i didnt go.

ill sort of miss knitting...i liked the location and venue more than a lot of other spots in the city and definitely than brooklyn.

i remember seeing pharoah sanders there...and promise ring...and badly drawn boy...and some other fun stuff...good times...

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 4:51 PM

RIP. Not a perfect venue, but definitely had plenty of character.

Posted by Roland | January 3, 2009 4:57 PM

That NYE show was a great way to send the club off. Fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 5:21 PM

RIP. Saw many a good show there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 6:12 PM

Always seemed like such a creatively conflicted establishment. Where lies the disconnect between
the New Years Eve show and their Knitting Factory
presents shows? They are polar opposites market-wise
and conceptually; how are they related? Or rather
is their another comparable model for this?

Also, don't anticipate the venue opening in March.
Put money on July/August.

Posted by Abe | January 3, 2009 6:27 PM

RIP. I played there many a time, dating back to when that giant new condo complex on the corner was just a parking lot.

It was always great on nights when they had all three floors rocking...hopefully they'll be able to resurrect in Brooklyn.

Posted by Joe | January 3, 2009 6:28 PM

anyone have any videos?

deerhoof and dirty projectors were surprisingly tight.

i'd never seen them live before.

Posted by dan | January 3, 2009 7:23 PM

The Old office Sunday punk/ hardcore show were the best.
The fiction
Birthday boyz
Dear tonight
Hot cross

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 7:31 PM

the reds played knitting? the reds that turned into the marked men? jeez...missed that one.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 7:57 PM

never liked it

bad sound and sight views

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 8:54 PM

the dirty projectors were definitely my favorites of the night... the harmonies were on point.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 8:56 PM

circa survive at the knit in september was ridiculous. I'm in the casualties dvd that was filmed at the knit, and i saw the locust and yip yip there. catch 22 was also a good show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2009 9:00 PM

good riddance

Posted by favian | January 4, 2009 1:59 AM

Huge bummer - I loved that venue!

Posted by Uptown Sound | January 4, 2009 3:06 AM

it was a good, if imprefect place that maintained at least a touch of its character, throughout all the years.

it was always bloated with too much management and unfocused booking, and the security guards could be pricks, and the 3 floor thing had bad flow and was claustrophobic, and it was always weird to be in Tribeca...

but it was a smarter-than-the-average-bear venue without being pretentious, it was clean and comfortable without being uptight and upscale, and it was all ages and independent in a town here those things are almost unheard of.

Knitting Factory, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2009 4:12 AM

I remember my first Mudhoney show there.....ahhh, what memories of the drunken mosh pit and the person with the Washing Machine t-shirt that kept on jumping off the stage

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2009 12:16 PM

a lot of the bouncers brought their personal dilemas to work and took it out on customers, i'd say most of them would admit that too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2009 1:32 PM

I never understood people that complain about bouncers. I have been going to shows for 20 years, and the only time I had a problem was when I was 15 (1988) trying to get into a 16+ show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2009 2:02 PM

I have fantastic memories of the place. I lived my rock dreams (well close enough) roadie-ing twice. Lived a Spinal Tap moment, three of us accidentally walking in on a musical hero using the backstage bathroom, oops!

It was a perfect place for a middle-aged women to go to a show alone. The front bar was welcoming, more like a coffee house (and you could get coffee). You could show up a bit too early and relax with a book before a show. Or take a break if maybe you weren't loving a set. Loved arriving exactly at 7 and parking right outside the door.

I loved some of the big all-day or all-evening benefits, with different bands in the different rooms. I wish there were more shows on Sunday afternoon/'s so perfect! It's sad to look back, but then I write all this so maybe people running other clubs will see what works with a diverse audience.

Posted by K | January 4, 2009 3:03 PM

Parking was pretty rad. Cheapest drinks in a club.

The most laid back place in many ways, if you compare to Bowery, Irving, Studio B, Webster,
blah blah


Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2009 3:28 PM

Why the F!ck is Knitting Factory putting on shows @ the Studio @ Webster Hall?!?!

Posted by Tamar | January 4, 2009 6:45 PM

the knit was great. so shut it.
NYE was great.
yeah their shit wasn't always the same- so sue them


Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2009 8:33 PM

i'm going to miss this place so much
it was the only venue where there was a direct train to my destination so i could stay the longest possible withoutt rushing

every show i've been to there, was amazing.
even when i was deathly sick but didn't want to miss jonathan richman, i was still dazzled with much help from the atmosphere of the venue

it really stinks that with all the bussling and rowdyness of other clubs right within that block the stupid neighbors pick on knitting factory

the bar tenders were always nice and made good drinks and totally understood if you needed a bag held or a phone charged
the bouncers always nice and wished me a fun night as well as joking comments about not really being over 21
it was the first place i ever went back stage

the line ups were always diverse and the prices were cheap and good
the bathroom perfect
the posters fun
the various rooms
i'll miss it all

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:22 AM

damm imma miss it too

Posted by peter | January 10, 2009 7:13 PM

thank you man
that's good job

Posted by دردشة عراقية | February 21, 2011 2:35 AM

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