Once known as the “original birthplace of Punk,” legendary rock club CBGB’s has been stripped to a shell of its former self, and the 3,300 square foot space at 315 Bowery has been fully transformed into a retail front for designer John Varvatos. Although the space was completely renovated and made nice, they left the graffiti, stickers, and other wall-stuck memorabilia to maintain an edgy look, while serving as some sad visual reminder to a bygone era of NYC cool. Varvatos is throwing a big party at the Rock repository on April 17 that will include music hanger-ons Cheeta Chrome, D Generation, Alan Vega, and Ronnie Spector. More heart wrenching-photos after the jump.