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John Cale visits “The Velvet Underground Experience,” a new 12,000-square-foot exhibition dedicated to his old band, in Manhattan, Oct. 6, 2018. Cale, the only surviving member of the original lineup, says the New York of today feels like a shadow of the one that drove the Velvet Underground’s music. “It’s a little alien; it’s like I’m looking at a replica,” he said. (Rebecca Smeyne/The New York Times)