My wife went to CBGBs years ago, maybe 15 and it was really fun. She went through the CMJ conference and saw one of the bands they had there (obviously nothing as exciting as started there, like Blondie!). It was a great venue and will be sorely missed!
The last time we went to NYC was the summer of 2001 and we were actually in the World Trade Center but didn't go up because it was $18 a person. We should have gone there and obviously should have made an effort to go to CBGBs too! What sad news!