Saying Goodbye to our Neighbor

July 28, 2019 - Latest News

Photo from City Winery

New York is constantly changing.

Nothing stays the same.

The energy of the Big Apple is like nowhere else in the world.

I love this city to its core.

All of these things are true. Still, it’s hard to say goodbye to a neighbor, especially one that we adore.

On August 1, City Winery, which is block away from our theater home Soho Playhouse, will close its doors at Varick and Vandam. We are very sad to lose this vibrant neighbor, especially because we value cultural contributions to our dynamic city.

We’ve seen dozens of concerts over the years at the City Winery (most recently Morgan James in June), attended its summer block parties and hosted post-show dinners at the Barrel Room, the intimate dining room at the front of the music venue. There are plenty of fond memories of dissecting our show over glasses of wine at the high tables in the Barrel Room. The whole Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer cast and crew cherished these events–a true occasion to unwind.

The Villager did a lovely write-up about City Winery and its owner Michael Dorf, the reasons for its relocation and the plans for the new version to open on the piers near 15th Street in January. We look forward to visiting the newest City Winery when it opens in 2019.

For now, we’ll reminisce about the great shows we’ve seen there (Joseph Arthur during a major snowstorm, Rhett Miller’s Christmas spectacular), the wine tastings we’ve attended (Argentina was our fave), and how good music sounded in that room. A friend of ours, a sound designer, mentioned recently it’s his favorite concert room in NYC. The sound is that good.

For now, you’ve got a few last chances to drink it in. Joan Osborne plays the venue’s final show on Wednesday, July 31st.

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