The 169 Avenue A space previously home to HiFi Bar, and Brownies before that, is not becoming a bank or a chain store - it's going to be a new 200-capacity venue called Coney Island Baby! You may recognize the name as a Lou Reed album, and the venue is from the folks who run Bowery Electric, Niagara and Velvet Elk Records. The common denominator there is D Generation's Jesse Malin, who owns or co-owns Niagara, Bowery Electric and Berlin, and also used to own St. Marks venue Coney Island High. He's also involved in Velvet Elk, which was founded by his frequent collaborator Don DiLego.

That's a March 13 Instagram post above which shows they still have some construction to do, but Coney Island Baby has announced its Grand Opening party on May 2 with Alejandro Escovedo, Don DiLego & The Touristas, and The Tall Pines. You can get free tickets with code "GRANDOPENING169."

One other show we know about so far is a pre-party for this year's Black & Blue Bowl at Coney Island Baby on May 18 with Danny Diablo, Brick By Brick, Inhuman, Concrete Dream, 1865, Unruly Boys and Examine.

Coney Island Baby will also host “Velvet Elk Sessions” which allows "a live to analog 16-track recording by bands touring through town." Stay tuned for more info.

Meanwhile the Coney Island Baby Grand Opening is just one of many NYC shows for Alejandro in May.

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