The Bottom Line … has fallen into a deep financial hole and is facing eviction from the West Fourth Street corner it has occupied for nearly 30 years.
I’ve only been to a handful of shows at the Bottom Line, but along with Makor (now affiliated with the 92 Street Y), it was one of my favorite venues. I love small, cozy venues where you can make a connection between performer and audience.
And the Bottom Line has been a special place for folk music. Most folkies are never going to headline at an arena, much less a stadium. So the Bottom Line was pretty close to the apex of the pyramid. It will be a shame to see it go.
By the way, I now live in the hinterlands of southwestern Connecticut. But I loved the short time that I lived in Manhattan. One of the wonders of Manhattan is the small intimate places that manage to exist in a big brash city. To me, these places are what make Manhattan a great place to live rather than an extravaganza to visit.