The Knitting Factory at Baker Falls is the perfect resurgence of the beloved Brooklyn Knitting Factory outpost meeting the downtown Manhattan rock scene. Located in the former Pyramid Club, the venue has something for everyone and honors the storied history of the space (home to the first Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers shows). Outfitted with a cafe that operates during the day, performance space, full bar, and lounge, The Knitting Factory at Baker Falls draws folks from all walks of life into its inclusive, exciting realm. Be sure to check out the eccentric lounge downstairs after the show, a great spot to hang and keep the vibes going.
Superior Ingredients is a unique multilevel music venue with a focus on the dance/house scene. Enjoy the skyline view from the glass encased roof, or vibe in the club inside.
Hosting their first show in the early 70s, the Central Park SummerStage has been home to countless festivals, spoken word, and dance events. The majority of performances here are either benefit shows or free admission that typically span from June to October. Grab your sunglasses and head to the park for some epic outdoor dancing.
An awesome outside venue in the heart of Queens where you want to see a big show in the summer or early fall. There’s both GA standing and stadium seating, so you can choose your own adventure. You can find lots of food and drink options inside the stadium, and the staff is super helpful and friendly.
The Sultan Room has quickly become one of our favorite venues. It’s a great spot for a smaller show inside or a sunset show on the roof. The wall behind the stage downstairs features an epic light display that we didn’t know we needed, but we do. The roof has a chiller vibe and smaller stage with room to sit or dance. If you’re hungry, there’s an awesome sit down restaurant, The Turk’s Inn, that’s decorated like the inside of your quirky great-aunt’s house. For a faster bite, the Döner Kebab takeout window never disappoints.
Knockdown is an awesome space that hosts a range of awesome artists and events. There’s the indoor space where you’ll be most winter, “The Ruins” space outdoors where you’ll be groovin’ during the summer and fall, and “The Basement” club where you’ll be year-round in the wee hours of the morning.
One of the most quintessential venues in NYC, right in the heart of midtown. Catch the legendary marquee sign on your way into the Art Deco-inspired theater, which is beautiful on the inside and has great sound.
The historic Kings Theatre features a brightly-lit marquee sign and immensely high walls and ceilings, every inch of which are decorated with intricate gold moldings and ornate hand-painted artwork. Although it’s a seated venue, it’s got a solid soundsystem, and you’ll find most people up and dancing at shows here, especially in the pit.
Elsewhere is a unique venue in the heart of Bushwick. There are several different stages (The Roof, Zone One, The Hall and The Loft) to host all types of artists, parties, club nights, & more. Our favorite stage is the roof with its wavy lights and cheeky view of the city skyline.
A smaller venue in the heart of the Lower East Side that has a dive bar and an intimate vibe. It’s where you’ll catch artists early in their careers as they are coming up. A lot of notable acts play their first NYC show here!