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NY's Knitting Factory & The Cutting Room Closed

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Its been a tough year for patrons of New York nightlife and the city has lost two nightspots in just a few weeks.

The first to go was the Manhattan branch of the Knitting Factory, which held its final show on New Year's Eve. The Tribeca club called its East Houston street location home for the last 14 years and played host to an eclectic mix of performers that the New York Times described as a "clamorous and unclassifiable New York amalgam of jazz, punk, art-rock and experimental new music."

The club went out like it 'lived' with a final show that included gigs by the Akron/Family with Deerhoof, Dirty Projects, Deer Tick and alt-country singer/songwriter John McCauley.

Chris Noth and Steve Walter's club, The Cutting Room, has also closed their doors after a final show on January 13th with a performance by perennial red carpet comedienne Joan Rivers.

The Cutting Room had been opened since 1999 and has hosted performances by Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kid Rock, Vanessa Carlton, Sandra Bernhard, and Mini Kiss to name a few.

Both clubs faced the ugly confluence of rising rents and increasingly challenging economic environments and both are looking to re-launch in more convivial settings.

The Knitting Factory expects to re-open next year at a new, admittedly smaller location in nearby Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the

The Cutting Room is also looking for a new space and the club's co-owner Steve Walter told the New York Post that they were looking for a new space in Tribeca with hopes of opening before summer. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writer