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Most of us probably weren't around when F. Scott Fitzgerlad and Samuel Gompers were using Webster Hall as a meeting place for political and social issues. And you probably also missed the masquerade balls, the formation of The Progressive Labor Party, and the time when the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley recorded in the space. But you may have seen the rock bands that played there in the 80s, hopefully you saw the club kids in the 90s, and sadly saw John Mayer's emo crap in the 21st century (actually I kind of like Mayer, but I digress).
In any event, these hallowed grounds have now been declared as such by the city. This makes a lot of us think back to the good old days, but unfortunately today there isn't too much worth saving about Webster Hall save its architecture and the building itself. Sure some of the live acts that come through are great, but they don't need nor do they rely on Webster Hall for survival.
Its the nightclub's aspect that need to be razed. For starters you can only get 1 drink at a time, which means you can't go and get a round for your buddies and bring it back to them (annoying). And you have to wear a wrist band around at all times. And the Oompa Loompas and B+T that descend on it in the weekends makes it more of a New Jersey/Hoboken Landmark than anything related to NYC. Its a relic that serves as a sore reminder to what use to be good in New York, but has now been overrun...so off to 27th street, oh wait that's dead too.
[via City Room]