‘Ludlow Studios’ Pairs Photo Studio with Cafe at 40 Ludlow Street

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 at 6:10 am by

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The old glass supplier at 40 Ludlow Street (Architectural Metals & Glass) is transitioning to something befitting the new demographic of the Lower East Side. As we speak, an artsy, multi-purpose cafe is currently underway. One that will likely appeal to the creative set. The expansive store has already undergone a facade swap while final remodeling activities continue inside.

This is to be the new home of Ludlow Studios, a boutique endeavor that will house a photo/video studio in the back for production work, and offer front-of-house coffee and fresh pressed juices. We spoke with owner Bjorn Brandt, who informs us that the concept is similar to Milk Studios on the west side, only smaller and more intimate. All furnishings were custom-built.

The studio itself is available for daily, weekly, and monthly rentals. And while predominantly marketed as a production space, it’ll play double duty for events and gallery openings. Bjorn further explains the venture in an email:

The first part of the space will be the Café at Ludlow Studios.  It will serve as a coffee shop for the public, and also for cast and crew for the space.  I already have a verbal agreement with Intelligentsia Coffee to carry their product in the café at Ludlow Studios.  It will be equipped with a Norwalk cold-press juicer, and a La Marzocco fully-automatic espresso maker. I am also going to make the entire space rentable, i.e. if a photographer wants to rent the space for a day, he or she can effectively rent the ‘Café’ as well. The primary space, or the majority of the square footage, will serve as a multi-use.  It will primarily be marketed as a Photo / Video studio, but will also serve as an event space, and also as a gallery.

The cyclorama I designed and built (seamless background the photo and video industry uses for shooting on), is a 90˚ full-cove seamless.  I have also brought 400-amp 3-phase power into the space.  Also, all of the walls are plywood-backed, to provide for hanging heavy artwork.  Finally, the basement will be built out similar to a speakeasy from the 1920’s / Prohibition era – New York style. That space will also be rentable by the evening.  I am planning on having a Steinway baby grand piano and double bass down there, and have musicians (myself included) available to play for events.  I have many excellent restaurants that are very excited to cater food for all of Ludlow Studios clients.  Lovely Day, Brown, Dudley’s, Barrio Chino, Fat Radish, and Poppy’s Catering are just a few that have already committed to working with us.

We are told that the cafe is opening in two weeks.

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