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Manitoba's bartender, and wife of owner “Handsome Dick” (Credit: Linda Rosier)

Manitoba's bartender, and wife of owner “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, Zoe Hansen. (May 3, 2013)

Punk shrines in the Village

Punk earned its place in fashion's history book this week, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute opened "Punk: Chaos to Couture." The exhibit looks at how the rip-it-up-and- start-again sartorial spirit of Johnny Rotten and Joey Ramone has influenced style ever since punk came screaming onto the music scene in the 1970s. New York was one of punk's epicenters, and even as gentrification has run amok in the city, a few places keep the memory alive. -- Maura Johnston, Special to Newsday

1. JOHN VARVATOS, 315 Bowery: For years, 315
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1. JOHN VARVATOS, 315 Bowery: For years, 315 Bowery was the home to CBGB, the grotty bar that helped birth legends such as The Ramones, Blondie and Television. After a rent dispute, the club closed in 2006, and the space was taken over by Varvatos, a Detroit-born clothier, whose ads have featured the likes of Iggy Pop and Green Day. In addition to duds for men, the store sells pricey rare vinyl and rock memorabilia. (Walk up the Bowery to the corner of East Second Street and crane your neck to see the sign for Joey Ramone Place, placed high to deter thieves.) (212-358-0315, johnvarvatos.com)

Clothing at John Varvatos on the Bowery hangs
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Clothing at John Varvatos on the Bowery hangs below remnants of the legendary club CBGB's in the East Village, once a legendary punk venue for musicians. (May 3, 2013)

Remnants of CBGB on the walls at clothier
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Remnants of CBGB on the walls at clothier John Varvatos. (May 3, 2013)

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2. NIAGARA BAR, 112 Ave. A: This bar
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2. NIAGARA BAR, 112 Ave. A: This bar at the southeast corner of Tompkins Square Park is a decent hangout where you can spot the occasional visiting rocker. Outside there's a mural honoring the late Joe Strummer, who played guitar for the genre-melding British punks The Clash. He died in 2002, but an optimistic note is struck by the mural's incorporation of the title of a documentary based on him, “The Future Is Unwritten." (212-420-9517)

The Niagara Bar was a punk watering hole
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The Niagara Bar was a punk watering hole in the late 1970s and early '80s. (May 3, 2013)

Niagara Bar features drawings on the wall by
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Niagara Bar features drawings on the wall by Yoshimoto Nara, a Japanese pop artist whose work has punk music influences. Elsewhere in the bar are drawings and graffiti by artist Kenny Scharf. (May 3, 2013)

Niagara Bar is at 112 Avenue A in
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Niagara Bar is at 112 Avenue A in the East Village. (May 3, 2013)

Irina Gorovaia tends bar at Niagara, at the
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Irina Gorovaia tends bar at Niagara, at the southeast corner of Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. (May 3, 2013)

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3. MANITOBA'S, 99 Avenue B: This dive —
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3. MANITOBA'S, 99 Avenue B: This dive — run by and named after “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, lead singer of proto-punkers The Dictators — has grit and character to spare (and cheap drinks, too). If the Met is too uptown for your sensibilities, you can soak up history here: The bar's jukebox is packed with punk gems, while photos of David Johansen, Debbie Harry and other New York rock luminaries line the walls. (212-982-2511, manitobas.com)

The walls of Manitoba's are decorated with punk-era
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The walls of Manitoba's are decorated with punk-era photographs. (May 3, 2013)

Manitoba's bartender, and wife of owner “Handsome Dick”
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Manitoba's bartender, and wife of owner “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, Zoe Hansen. (May 3, 2013)

4. CONTINENTAL, 25 Third Ave.:
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4. CONTINENTAL, 25 Third Ave.: "Iggy Pop drank here” declares the website for this East Village bar, and he wasn't alone; The Ramones and The Cro-Mags showed up here, too. These days the Continental is better known for its five-shots-for-10-bucks special. Just around the corner is 15 St. Mark's Place, where Coney Island High once stood; in the '90s, Coney was a punk hot spot, but it's now home to a sushi and noodle joint. (212-529-6924, continentalnyc.com)

The Continental bar is on Third Avenue at
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The Continental bar is on Third Avenue at St. Mark's Place. (May 3, 2013)

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Band stickers, reminders of the punk years when
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Band stickers, reminders of the punk years when the bar featured live music, cover the walls and doors downstairs at the Continental in the East Village. (May 3, 2013)

5. GENERATION RECORDS, 210 Thompson St.: The spirit
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5. GENERATION RECORDS, 210 Thompson St.: The spirit of NYC punk is alive and well at this West Village record store with a healthy selection of punk and metal records from members of the canon and up-and-comers. The store's used section is full of low-priced gems ready to be found by the intrepid crate-digger. (212-254-1100, generationrecords.com)

Stock up on punk and metal vinyl and
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Stock up on punk and metal vinyl and CDs at Generation Records. (May 4, 2013)

Generation Records on Thompson Street in the West
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Generation Records on Thompson Street in the West Village sells new and used vinyl and CDs. (May 3, 2013)

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