Posted in music | venues on January 26, 2012

Southpaw, July 2009 (more)
Southpaw

And, it's true:

"A long-standing Park Slope concert hall will close and become a tutoring school now that the hood caters more to kiddies than roadies, owners say.

Southpaw -- the legendary music venue that hosted the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Jett -- will close on Fifth Avenue and Sterling Place by the end of February, according to co-owner and music guru Mikey Palms.

"I'm kind of over Park Slope -- it's not a destination for nightlife anymore," said Palms, who also owns Public Assembly NYC in Williamsburg. "It's time to go."

He said a firm called New York City Kids will soon replace the grocery store-sized house of music, offering academic tutoring and rock climbing for tots." [Brooklyn Paper]

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Comments (50)

I hope they still do Punderdome before it closes :(

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 7:29 PM

Yeah, the problem was the area, not your shitty booking.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 7:33 PM

^this!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 7:36 PM

I was kind of hoping a brunch spot would be replacing it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 7:36 PM

I like it when people write "the likes of" almost as much as when they write "in its entirety."

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 7:39 PM

It will become a brunch spot for yuppie puppies and their inbred owners called So Paw.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 7:50 PM

Don't forget that Bleecker Bob's is closing and becoming a Starbucks. Yay!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 7:54 PM

They had a Feelies Show like 2 years ago there. And now Action Bronson/Mr. Exquire in a week or so. That's...all I've seen that seemed interesting. Even The Rock Shop has a semi-steady stream of good acts playing on a weekly basis.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 8:34 PM

Gentrification: Mission Accomplished.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 8:43 PM

I was hoping for a bugaboo retailer.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 8:58 PM

really, who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 9:02 PM

I'm actually a little offended by the "Park Slope is not a destination for nightlife anymore" comment - as if the crappy line-ups had nothing to do with it. Yes Williamsburg has it going on. But how can he say that when amazing restaurants and bars are continually popping up all over the place as far down as Fourth Ave? Not to mention a huge state of the art stadium is opening up just a few blocks away in the not too distant future which will probably host major headliners and despite the controversy, let's be real, those acts will be a thousand times better than anything they ever had and people will come in droves. Ah, well, they're better off - they never would have been able to compete!

Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2012 9:33 PM

Fuck, I was hoping a Chipotle would go there...mmmmm.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 9:43 PM

Not everyone lives in Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 10:38 PM

NEW YANN CITY KIDS

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 11:35 PM

Kumon? Really?

Heres to hoping for one more good Rub party. pause.


That true about Bob's?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 11:42 PM

I'm actually quite a bit validated by the "Park Slope is not a destination for nightlife anymore" comments. It means that we are keeping the vapid, repulsive hipster assholes out, and if they think it's their "choice" (as opposed to not actually having the means to support a domicile and lifestyle in the Slope) than I'm fine with that - by any means necessary. Less hipsters for me to assault on the streets, better chance I'll stay out of jail this year.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 12:01 AM

North side jacuzzzi boyz aint checking for dusty ass Park Slope.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 12:14 AM

Yeah it has so much to do with the nightlife and not the fact that you guys booked shitty acts. The few times when you got good ones, you did a terrible job promoting them and they would never start on time and it was just a constantly awful concert going experience. Yeah, it's all the neighborhoods fault (which is why the Rock Shop and The Bell House seem to do quite well), you fucking prick!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 1:05 AM

legendary? common...

Posted by ME | January 27, 2012 1:14 AM

They stopped having shows to go to (good or bad), that is why no one came.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 1:49 AM

i was hoping for a duane reade or starbucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 2:08 AM

They had the worst lineups apart from some old school hip hop stuff. This loser is a joke, venues like Rockshop and Bellhouse are doing just fine in the area. With the right booker they could have that place going 4 times a week easy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 4:54 AM

The Bell House is on the shitty side of Park Slope, and yet it's doing just fine. It's all about the crappy job Southpaw did with booking acts recently. Such a shame.. I liked that place.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 6:56 AM

yeah kids in perk slope is a real new thang

crazy - suddenly strollers!

it was so raw before

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 8:26 AM

the bell house is in gowanus

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 9:02 AM

If you don't want Starbucks popping up everywhere, don't go there, and tell your friends not to go there, and support a local mom and pop coffee shop. The reason they are everywhere, is because people are sheep and will pay 5 dollars for a cup of lousy burnt coffee.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 9:25 AM

Patti Smith & Joan Jett playing there make the venue "legendary" ?!? lol.....

Posted by Blag | January 27, 2012 9:29 AM

"the Bell House is in Gowanus"
Wow! Have you ever thought of being a tour guide?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 9:36 AM

"I'm kind of over Park Slope...". Possibly the most Williamsburg thing ever said.

12:01 - you completely misunderstood - he closed the venue because it wasn't attracting ENOUGH hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 9:40 AM

@9:36

"The Bell House is on the shitty side of Park Slope..."

"the bell house is in gowanus"

Get it, dickface?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 9:49 AM

He owns Public Assembly? I'm not crying for him. Also that's another venue who can't book for shit...gee, I think I see a pattern here.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 10:32 AM

"Gentrification: Mission Accomplished."

Yes, yes, gentrification. This old, revered club, which opened a whopping TEN years ago was forced out of the neighborhood by a bunch of upper middle class white people who were not already living in Park Slope ten years ago...

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 10:35 AM

SCHOOL'S FOR FOOLS!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 10:42 AM

What a twat. I love it when bad business owners blame their failure on the customers. Some music guru he must be.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 10:55 AM

Let's be real. The reason it's closing isn't because of the neighborhood changing or shitty acts. The rent went up too high and he figured he'd bail. That's all there is to this. Comments be damned, everything is about $$$

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 11:05 AM

12:01 why do you read this website?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 11:05 AM

12:01 AM- No, you just have incredibly obnoxious. entitled, twats with $2500 baby carriages who contribute nothing to society. I fucking hate hipsters, but that demographic is no better.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 11:37 AM

Yeah, one last Punderdome on Feb 13th

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 12:06 PM

Punderdome's still doing their thing @ Southpaw on Monday, 2/13.

Posted by Rick Smith | January 27, 2012 12:06 PM

While I am sorry to see this close, I think the only thing more taxing then running a music club in NYC is actually bein a musician in NYC...seriously though they gave it a good run and the music scene in Brooklyn is, thankfully, stll alive and kicking. Places are always going to come and go its the nature of things...although one disturbing post I saw above said Bleeker Bob's is going to get replaced by a Starbucks...say it ain't so...

Posted by Joshua Sanders | January 27, 2012 12:09 PM

True that, 11;37. Than again, I can't really think of an NYC demographic that I can stand at all anymore. Each loathsome in its own way. I'd probably move to Montana if they had a decent hummus scene.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 12:09 PM

I agree, for so many reasons, that Park Slope sucks but how about blaming the incomparably bad sound, sight lines and layout of So. Paw. Not to mention the never ending rudeness of the staff and the horrible smell of the entire place. What is that stench? Open sewer and a decade of B.O.? "Time to go", indeed."

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 3:37 PM

i can't believe this shitty venue lasted 10 years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 3:40 PM

Park Slope is Park Slope with all its faults. At least it knows what it is. However, Williamsburg rides on this wave of "my shit don't stink." It's a manufactured scene with terrible art and privileged kids who think they are living on the edge. Southpaw was just a terrible venue. Plain and simple. Personally, Id take a chill bar on 4th ave catching up with friends than some overpriced Williamsburg bar where everyone is trying to out art the other. Face it, you were not born during the time of edge and percolating scenes.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 5:46 PM

Frontrunner for asshole of the year : Mikey Palms!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 5:47 PM

The parents and lesbos of park slope are furious!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 7:11 PM

i love park slope

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 10:53 PM

they were there 10 years, lease is up and they want to move on as they don't think it was profitable... SP stayed open for 10 years in a huge economic downturn, so what if he sounds bitter.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 4:45 PM

southpaw rules

Posted by jordon | August 7, 2013 2:17 PM

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