Breaking: Living Room Closing at the End of January, Actively Seeking New Space

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 at 5:23 pm by

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Slow news week this is not. It is with heavy heart that we break news late today about the departure of the Living Room from its ten-year residence at 154 Ludlow Street. Its current tenure will conclude at the end of January due to skyrocketing rents. We’ve seen many great shows there throughout the years, and are completely saddened.

Much like Cake Shop earlier this year, the music venue has taken to Pledge Music to raise funds to help relocate sometime in the spring. Ownership intimates that this is a MOVE, and they wish to remain on the Lower East Side. So start donating.

Below is the letter:

Hi Friends of The Living Room,

After 15 years in business and 10 years in our current space, The Living Room will be closing the doors at 154 Ludlow St at the end of January. We will relocate to a new space next spring. We have truly loved having you over these last years. You are a huge part of our history and you made our time here special.

Though it saddens us to leave, this is not the end of The Living Room. Although the skyrocketing cost of rent has made it impossible for us to keep our current location, we are actively negotiating a new space. We want nothing more than to keep the music going!

The cost of building a club from scratch is considerably higher than it was when we moved from our first space on Stanton St. 10 years ago, and so we could use your help to fund the move and construction and be a part of the new Living Room.

There are some cool items available with more being added weekly.

Thanks,

Jennifer and Steve

This latest intel falls in line with application materials submitted to Community Board 3 for 154 Ludlow Street. Perusing the documents, it appears that principals behind Pianos, 7A, and Virage are collectively eyeing the space for a new concept. One that features music performance, an art gallery component, and “Mediterranean fusion tapas.”

Check out the video from the Living Room crowdfunding page:

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  • donny

    Saw so many good shows here and for the price of the hat being passed. Music friendly owners. ; ( This, their second location, original was on Allen and rivington) Hope they find a new place.