4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.
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If you’ve been to Webster Hall, you’ve probably glanced at the Studio without knowing it. This venue-within-a-venue caters to bands far too small to play the Grand Ballroom: It’s located just to the side of the downstairs bathrooms. An open room where the sound from upstairs is miraculously shut out, it’s a bare-bones operation (just a wide stage and an often unobstructed bar, a great way to skirt the melée at the upstairs bars) with an interesting twist: In a nod to Webster Hall’s original identity as an old-timey recording studio—the one where RCA Victor sound engineers created Stereophonic music in 1953, no less—the place is equipped with a multitrack recording system to capture bands’ live sets.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.