If you need further proof...

…that punk is dead, consider this it.

I know I am way behind the 8-ball on this one, but I totally intended to write about this a few weeks ago when I walked by the former site of CBGBs and saw this freaking monstrosity in its place.

Whoever took over this space was going to have to deal with some serious demons, but John Varvatos? Really? I don’t really have a problem with Varvatos, other than that stupid ad campaign with Ric Ocasek looking like a total douche (or Jack Nicholson, which ever is worse), but it just seems like a stupid move on their part. You can almost see the meeting in which this was discussed:

“So, CBGBs just got shut down and the space is available. I say we snap it up and use it as our flagship store”

“Great idea! That way we can contribute to the ongoing project of turning New York City into a mecca for midwestern tourists.”

I should also mention that right around the corner, on the ground floor of a sparkling new condo building, is a place called “The Bowery Wine Company” that looks like it bought its decor from a TGI Fridays going-out-of-business sale. I am not making this up. Even I am not that twisted.

Why do I suddenly feel like I’m in Cincinnati?