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Arlene’s Grocery

If you mention you’re going to a show in the Lower East Side, most of those in the know will say, “Oh Arlene’s? I love that place.” Though it’s not the only venue in this corner of downtown Manhattan, Arlene’s is one of the staple small-scale venues in the borough. From outside, it looks like an old-school bodega storefront, but on the inside, it’s a 100 percent dive show space. Specializing in up-and-coming punk and hard rock acts, Arlene’s is proof that rock in New York is not dead.

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