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Lou Reed’s New York City: The Velvets’ Stomping Grounds, Today

Those were different times, indeed

picture-22356-1372873892Jem Aswad // October 29, 2013

Even though Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground are intrinsically associated with New York, the city that spawned them, Reed’s lyrics are surprisingly scant on geographic specifics — locations will be mentioned in passing but rarely dwelled upon, even in his 1989 musical tribute to the city, New York. However, NYC is rife with locations where Reed and the Velvets roamed, and to commemorate Reed’s passing over the weekend, we took a ride past several landmarks from the band’s history (plus one from his lyrics) to see just how far they’ve come — or gone — in the past 40-odd years …