As someone with a healthy (or maybe unhealthy?) obsession with '60s and '70s New York City (I never get sick of watching Factory Girl or *Sid and Nancy *), I was excited to find out that there is a private event space now located in the former basement of legendary rock club CBGB (the upstairs area is currently occupied by a John Varvatos boutique and the Morrison Gallery). Of course, for those decrying the gentrification of the Bowery, the fact that you can host a wedding in what was once a grungy punk rock den probably seems like a serious affront, but the space—dubbed Extra Place by Max's Kansas City—still maintains a bit of edge and a pervasive spirit of rock 'n roll, which I think makes it the perfect place to hold an alternative, lo-fi wedding celebration.
Like the original Max's Kansas City nightclub, Extra Place is designed to blend art, music, and fashion. The expansive room features exposed brick walls, a performance area with full DJ and live performance equipment, two bars, a pool table, banquette seating, and a CBGB "shrine" (a wall and sink from the original CBGB bathroom). Overall, the effect is a sleek interpretation of classic punk. The capacity is 200, and rental fees start at $5,000. For more information, visit EP-NYC.com. —Lauren Matthews, Brides New York