Downtown: World in a Word

For decades, the term 'downtown' described the experimentalism of music, art and culture in lower Manhattan. On Wednesday, WNYC's Soundcheck explored how that shorthand definition is changing in a live broadcast from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Guests included rocker Lou Reed, indie new-wave artist Santigold and string quartet Ethel.


Slideshow: Downtown scene in images

Timeline: Downtown New York

In A Word, Downtown, John Schaefer on the Soundcheck blog

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Photos by Scott Ellison Smith

Soundcheck host John Schaefer emcees the event.
Soundcheck host John Schaefer emcees the event.
John Schaefer asks his guest their thoughts on the Downtown scene.
John Schaefer asks his guest their thoughts on the Downtown scene.
ETHEL violinist Mary Rowell, singer Santigold and rocker Lou Reed.
ETHEL violinist Mary Rowell, singer Santigold and rocker Lou Reed.
Santigold says Brooklyn is the place to be.
Santigold says Brooklyn is the place to be.
Lou Reed had a lot to say on the subject, very little positive.
Lou Reed had a lot to say on the subject, very little positive.
ETHEL violinist Mary Rowell, singer Santigold and rocker Lou Reed.
ETHEL violinist Mary Rowell, singer Santigold and rocker Lou Reed.
John Schaefer asks Lou Reed about his NYC photography.
John Schaefer asks Lou Reed about his NYC photography.
Soundcheck\'s Gisele Regatao welcomes everyone.
Soundcheck\'s Gisele Regatao welcomes everyone.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
String quartet ETHEL plays Radio by composer Osvaldo Golijov.
Lou Reed plays "Romeo Had Juliette" live on Soundcheck in the Greene Space, April 29, 2013.
Lou Reed plays "Romeo Had Juliette" live on Soundcheck in the Greene Space, April 29, 2013.
Lou Reed plays \"Romeo Had Juliette\".
Lou Reed plays \"Romeo Had Juliette\".
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