Knitting Factory

★★★☆☆
  • 74 Leonard St

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-219-3006

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Knitting Factory has the best price for a concert that you can find in New York City. The place has a great classic feeling for a good concert of different genres.

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Knitting Factory has the best price for a concert that you can find in New York City. The place has a great classic feeling for a good concert of different genres.

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I think the Knitting Factory is one of the better music venues that I've been to. The space is extremely cozy, but depending on the crowd it can get a little bit cramped. There is a very laid back atmosphere here and it's a great place to just hear live music and relax.

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I think the Knitting Factory is one of the better music venues that I've been to. The space is extremely cozy, but depending on the crowd it can get a little bit cramped. There is a very laid back atmosphere here and it's a great place to just hear live music and relax.

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Knitting Factory is a great place to see the lesser known talents of the music industry. They usually have multiple shows going on in a given night and some of the bigger names such as Kanye West have performed there as well. It's not pleasing to the eye at all, but that's not the reason for going here. The music is up close and personal, you're surrounded by music lovers, and of course the artists. It's a great experience and tickets are usually less than twenty bucks.

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★★★★☆

Knitting Factory is a great place to see the lesser known talents of the music industry. They usually have multiple shows going on in a given night and some of the bigger names such as Kanye West have performed there as well. It's not pleasing to the eye at all, but that's not the reason for going here. The music is up close and personal, you're surrounded by music lovers, and of course the artists. It's a great experience and tickets are usually less than twenty bucks.

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This interesting venue has a few rooms downstairs which, based on the other reviews I'm seeing here, must be quite tiny. Despite the fact that I walked downstairs to use the bathroom, I never saw these rooms, which apparently go down some three levels and must be concealed behind doors. When I arrived, I asked the doorman if the band I came to see had gone onstage yet. He assured me they hadn't. BUT FAILED TO MENTION THEY'D BE PLAYING DOWNSTAIRS. I also asked the bartender and she said she didn't know who was performing that night. Long story short, I enjoyed the bands on the main stage but missed my friend's band that I came to see. I guess they just assume all the patrons know about these tiny basement rooms. But I had even been to the Knitting Factory before and seen this same artist perform on the main stage. Geez, when customers ASK about a band BY NAME, be professional enough to direct them to the correct room. Don't assume they are regulars who know about the dark little basement three stories below. Waste of my time and money. Aside from the mix-up, it's a cool place, but that was a dealbreaker.

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★☆☆☆☆

This interesting venue has a few rooms downstairs which, based on the other reviews I'm seeing here, must be quite tiny. Despite the fact that I walked downstairs to use the bathroom, I never saw these rooms, which apparently go down some three levels and must be concealed behind doors. When I arrived, I asked the doorman if the band I came to see had gone onstage yet. He assured me they hadn't. BUT FAILED TO MENTION THEY'D BE PLAYING DOWNSTAIRS. I also asked the bartender and she said she didn't know who was performing that night. Long story short, I enjoyed the bands on the main stage but missed my friend's band that I came to see. I guess they just assume all the patrons know about these tiny basement rooms. But I had even been to the Knitting Factory before and seen this same artist perform on the main stage. Geez, when customers ASK about a band BY NAME, be professional enough to direct them to the correct room. Don't assume they are regulars who know about the dark little basement three stories below. Waste of my time and money. Aside from the mix-up, it's a cool place, but that was a dealbreaker.

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i have been here over 20 times and it is way too crowded most of the time. the downstairs has a cool bar and playshop...but they need some air conditioning and stop overselling the place to make it enjoyable

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★★★★☆

i have been here over 20 times and it is way too crowded most of the time. the downstairs has a cool bar and playshop...but they need some air conditioning and stop overselling the place to make it enjoyable

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... which i do. i think this place is hit or miss. it really depends on who's playing. the service was very good. it was VERY crowded but then again, it was also a friday night.

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★★★★☆

... which i do. i think this place is hit or miss. it really depends on who's playing. the service was very good. it was VERY crowded but then again, it was also a friday night.

Pros: stiff drinks, loud music, lots of fun

Cons: crowded

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My friends seem to like this place, but I don't. I went to a show in one of the lower levels. I like to joke that it's like going into one of the layers of hell. So many steps. The rooms are so tiny, with barely any seats and people are squished together. I like to hang out with the bands but I found myself leaving because it was so hot in there. Going upstairs to the main bar was pleasant though. We later went outside to hangout and were told to keep it down because the neighbors complained. So you mean to tell me, you're going to move near to a rock venue and complain about the noise? Please.

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★★★☆☆

My friends seem to like this place, but I don't. I went to a show in one of the lower levels. I like to joke that it's like going into one of the layers of hell. So many steps. The rooms are so tiny, with barely any seats and people are squished together. I like to hang out with the bands but I found myself leaving because it was so hot in there. Going upstairs to the main bar was pleasant though. We later went outside to hangout and were told to keep it down because the neighbors complained. So you mean to tell me, you're going to move near to a rock venue and complain about the noise? Please.

Pros: funky theme

Cons: , too crowded, lack of seating

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this place over sells their shows. sometimes a decent venue, but for a popular act it is a nightmare. you'll be dangeroulsy crowded, enjoy soaring temperatures and get bumped and elbowed all over the place. additionally, the multiple rooms helps to create a disjointed feel. the overall vibe is just kinda lame when compared to other nyc venues.

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★★☆☆☆

this place over sells their shows. sometimes a decent venue, but for a popular act it is a nightmare. you'll be dangeroulsy crowded, enjoy soaring temperatures and get bumped and elbowed all over the place. additionally, the multiple rooms helps to create a disjointed feel. the overall vibe is just kinda lame when compared to other nyc venues.

Pros: they get good bands

Cons: , sometimes crowded, ridiculously hot

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Can't move or breathe once in main room, esp. once there are bigger sold-out acts.

Small bar at the side is a terrible idea b/c you can't dance, move, or go through anyone to get there.

Had to take my girlfriend out of the main room last night for show b/c she nearly passed out, and there was a fight that nearly happened.

Terribly managed organization & venue; I've been here several times and have yet to enjoy, regardless of act.

I've been all over New York, and this is near the bottom of the venues for enjoying a performance.

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★☆☆☆☆

Can't move or breathe once in main room, esp. once there are bigger sold-out acts.

Small bar at the side is a terrible idea b/c you can't dance, move, or go through anyone to get there.

Had to take my girlfriend out of the main room last night for show b/c she nearly passed out, and there was a fight that nearly happened.

Terribly managed organization & venue; I've been here several times and have yet to enjoy, regardless of act.

I've been all over New York, and this is near the bottom of the venues for enjoying a performance.

Pros: Not trendy

Cons: , Scary people sometime

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KF books great artists, and the venue itself is pretty cool- three spaces in one, with the main space offering a first come, first serve balcony.
However, the staff is pretty inept- prior to a higher-drawing show, they try to cram you into the main bar to keep the main hallway clear. Bad idea.
The bouncers are mostly obnoxious, and the soundsystem completely failed during the last show I went to. Drink and ticket prices are average.
Someone isn't paying attention anymore.

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★★★★☆

KF books great artists, and the venue itself is pretty cool- three spaces in one, with the main space offering a first come, first serve balcony.
However, the staff is pretty inept- prior to a higher-drawing show, they try to cram you into the main bar to keep the main hallway clear. Bad idea.
The bouncers are mostly obnoxious, and the soundsystem completely failed during the last show I went to. Drink and ticket prices are average.
Someone isn't paying attention anymore.

Pros: Great artists, Good atmosphere, Great location

Cons: , Pre-show "seating"

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Great location (not enough lower west side venues!), amazing shows and a small, comfortable setting. $10 shows for semi-big bands is a deal you just cannot pass up.

2
★★★★★

Great location (not enough lower west side venues!), amazing shows and a small, comfortable setting. $10 shows for semi-big bands is a deal you just cannot pass up.

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A great cab ride down Broadway to get to this out of the way spot. The history of the place speaks for itself. It's your basic club/music hall but it is fun to say that you've been there!

2
★★★★★

A great cab ride down Broadway to get to this out of the way spot. The history of the place speaks for itself. It's your basic club/music hall but it is fun to say that you've been there!

Pros: Classic, Friendly

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The Knit--a downtown institution--still tends to book a good, eclectic mix of bigger indie rock names and jazz. But these days, perhaps in an effort to make up for the lack of a crowd after 9/11, the club is booking more than one show in the main space per night and selling twice as many tickets (and that doesn't include the acts booked in the downstairs spaces). The result is an intensely unpleasant traffic jam of music fans caught in long lines, being berated by bouncers, paying too much for whiskey--plus, some bands have to do without a soundcheck, which doens't benefit anyone.

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★★★★☆

The Knit--a downtown institution--still tends to book a good, eclectic mix of bigger indie rock names and jazz. But these days, perhaps in an effort to make up for the lack of a crowd after 9/11, the club is booking more than one show in the main space per night and selling twice as many tickets (and that doesn't include the acts booked in the downstairs spaces). The result is an intensely unpleasant traffic jam of music fans caught in long lines, being berated by bouncers, paying too much for whiskey--plus, some bands have to do without a soundcheck, which doens't benefit anyone.

 

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