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Best Cure for Terrible Sight Lines New York 2010 - The TV above the bar at Cake Shop

The TV above the bar at Cake Shop

The TV above the bar at Cake Shop

152 Ludlow St.

New York, NY 10002

212-253-0036

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Unless you're seven feet tall, equipped with X-ray vision, or willing to elbow several dozen seedy Lower East Side types in the face in pursuit of a front-row spot, there's no way you'd be able to see anything happening on the so-low-it's-not-even-technically-a-stage stage if not for the TV above the bar at Cake Shop, a vintage black-and-white model offering a feed from a camera pointed directly onstage, showing in all probability the only unobstructed view of whatever ragtag crew of LES rockers happens to be on the bill that particular evening. (The music is generally fast, cheap, and out of control—fellow Best Of recipients Fang Island were a summer 2010 highlight.) If you're facing the band, the bar and lifesaving TV sit along the wall to your left, which allows for the wonderfully bizarre visual of a bunch of kids at a raucous rock show in a cramped basement who are all facing in the wrong direction. It's the stadium JumboTron principle writ as small as possible, and we couldn't be more grateful for it.

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