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It happened to me: The CEO of City Winery tells the story of how supercharged real-estate dealings forced him out of his Tribeca home

by Michael Dorf

Last summer, I was sitting at my desk at City Winery in Tribeca when I learned that the Walt Disney Company had leased our entire block and would be taking a wrecking ball to the 300-seat winery/music club that I’ve run for the last decade.

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How This Entrepreneur Reworked His Business Idea in the Face of Financial Armageddon

by Lambeth Hochwald

The financial crisis of 2008 changed everything. Michael Dorf, who founded the legendary New York City rock venue the Knitting Factory in 1986, was just three months away from opening a combined winery and music club in Manhattan that would feature visible steel fermenting tanks and refined dining experience. Dorf anticipated bankers buying wines by the barrel.

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Après le Déluge: Mushroom Risotto

by Stay at Stove Dad

It has been raining so much these days in NYC that I think we’ll soon have mushrooms growing on the sidewalks and in the subways, and this idea reminded me of a guest post that my friend Michael Dorf, a father of two boys and one girl and the owner of the fantastic club City Winery, sent me last year about his risotto.

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Surprising Urban Winery Cultivates Classy Crowd

by Justin Martin

New York City may be the center of finance, fashion, and media – but winemaking? Forget about it.

Michael Dorf’s City Winery is trying to fill that void by arranging for fresh-off-the-vine grapes to be express-shipped to Manhattan from the Finger Lakes, California, Oregon, even Chile…

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The Music Man

by Jennifer Fiedler

Michael Dorf would like to sell you a concert ticket and a barrel of wine
Michael Dorf has built wine theme-park City Winery in New York City in 2008. He describes the City Winery experience as a high-value, efficient entertainment-dinner with a good wine list and a show. Wine Spectator associate editor Jennifer Fiedler explains.

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Dorf Pairs wine with Ed Burns Films

Do movies get better with age, like fine wine? Some probably do. Robert Altman’s “3 Women,” for instance. Maybe Arthur Penn’s “Bonnie & Clyde,” or Harold Ramis’ “Groundhog Day.”

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Hello, Lampost

by John Seabrook

Michael Dorf, the impresario behind the City Winery, has in recent years perfected the art of the tribute concert. The formula goes like this: select an artist to honor; recruit a bunch of other musicians to perform songs from the artist’s catalog; and make the event a benefit for a worthy cause…

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City Winery’s Michael Dorf looks back at his ups and downs in the music business

by Philip Booth

We experience much of our lives, at work and at play, in a universe demarcated by any variety of screens, often communicating with one another online rather than in the flesh and ingesting information and entertainment by way of bits and bytes hurtling across the digital universe and arriving courtesy of ear pods and smartphones. Direct downloads into our neural synapses can’t be too far away, right?

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