New NYC rock club to open in shuttered Pyramid Club venue

The space that was formerly home to the legendary Pyramid Club is set to get a second life. 

The owner of the East Village’s 24-year-old Library bar and the beloved, but long-gone, Cake Shop is bringing the neighborhood its first rock club in a generation, Curbed first reported.

“This is not a new Pyramid,” Nick Bodor, 53, told the publication of his plan to transform the iconic venue’s home of 41 years — at 101 Ave. A — into an inclusive, community-driven music lover’s paradise.

When Pyramid Club closed in 2021, it symbolized a death knell for an era of Alphabet City punk — bands including Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers had played there, and celebrities including Madonna and Andy Warhol came by often. But it was made easier to bear by the fact that the locale, Bodor agrees, was long past its prime. 

His plan is thus not to recreate “some kind of throwback” joint or fall “back on the nostalgia aspect of Pyramid Club,” but to use its “spirit and bones to really do something new,” the East Village resident of 30 years told The Post. 

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What the Avenue A venue looks like currently, between its incarnations.
Courtesy Nick Bodor
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The Pyramid Club in 1997.
The New York Post

This means being more than just a stage: Baker Falls, as the new 300-person venue will be named, will also have a cafe, a bar and plenty of seating to lounge. 

The aesthetic? “Fever dream — a beer baron’s study.” At least downstairs, which will be transformed into “this sort of artist-driven listening lounge,” said Bodor, who is opening the venture in collaboration with the owners of the Knitting Factory. Upstairs will remain recognizable as its predecessor, the bar remaining in the same place. 

He’ll also channel the spirits of two legendary locals — the late Spin journalist Marc Spitz and International Bar owner Molly Fitch — in outfitting the triple-threat business. Indeed, Baker Falls’ multi-pronged offerings won’t just be good for business, Bodor believes, but also for creating a “neighborhood hub that happens to have great booking and a great performance space.” 

Assuming his team doesn’t hit any snags extensively soundproofing and remodeling the venue, the current plan is to open this March. A charmingly uninformative website for the venue is up and running, although it offers no real details, just a narrative about an astronaut becoming lost in the woods.

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