arts & entertainment
Venues That Rock
by nycgo.com staff
Photo: David Black
17 Irving Place, 212-777-6800, Gramercy, Manhattan
Erected in the 1800s, Irving Plaza has been a vaudeville theater, a burlesque house and a meeting place for labor unions and political groups. The Polish Army Veterans Association of America purchased the building in 1948 and named it Dom Weterana, or "Home of the Veteran." But since the 1970s, the 1,000-capacity theater (or 1,025 standing) has catered to fans of rock ranging from punk and new wave to hard-core and metal.