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The L Magazine weighs in on the CBGB-to-Varvatos transformation on the Bowery. It's a remarkably evenhanded review: "The walls are still grungy and lined with (albeit ridiculously organized and stylized) vintage rock posters, some over papered and beat-up wall space, classic old stereo equipment and turntables, and a sign that says 'Gabba Gabba Hey.' In many ways, it’s the perfect setting for a designer looking to cater to aging rockers (Joe Perry, holla!) and I-have-a-job hipsters ($100 John Varvatos for Converse kicks!). Varvatos is trying to shelter the ghosts of the space, even if it does feel like Rent. Yeah, yeah, it’s 'oh so shocking' and 'a classic example of the gentrification of the Bowery,' but, realistically, real estate is real estate in this city, and nothing is sacred.'" [The L Mag]