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

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


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.


Recent Stories

Site of Mass Displacement: A Chinatown Gentrified by Galleries [Op-Ed]

The following was written by Liz Moy of the Chinatown Art Brigade. There is an ongoing perception that Manhattan’s Chinatown has stayed relatively the same throughout the years whilst other low-income neighborhoods of color have been overtaken by gentrification. Ask someone how Chinatown fares in an increasingly unaffordable city and they’ll likely say, at least […]

Matthew Silver, the 2014 Mr. Lower East Side
Off Cycle ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Returns Tomorrow Night … in Ridgewood

Surprise! The Mr. Lower East Side Pageant returns tomorrow night, some four months earlier than usual. Unlike earlier this year, the iconic underground beauty contest won’t be anywhere near its namesake neighborhood. This time, for the 17.5th annual event, the shenanigans will go down at the Footlight Bar in Ridgewood, Queens. You’re probably wondering about the off-cycle nature […]

2nd Annual ‘Lower East Side Cider Fest’ is Happening on Sunday

The orchards are, in fact, coming back to Orchard Street … albeit temporarily. With apple picking season wrapping up, the 2nd annual Lower East Cider Fest is kicking off this weekend, as part of the larger “Cider Week NYC” celebration happening throughout the – wait for it – Big Apple. The event will showcase notable cider makers and apple growers […]

Clinton Street ‘Casita’ Tree Tunnel Uprooted for Good

The arboreal attraction (and known rat hangout) at the southeast corner of Clinton and Stanton Streets is officially kaput. That’s right, no more tree tunnel. A chainsaw crew arrived last week to chop and uproot the leaning line of trees comprising the overhang. This was a complete removal, unlike the trim of overgrowth that transpired […]

Delancey Street Gets its First LinkNYC Kiosk

Yesterday afternoon, the city unveiled the first LinkNYC pornhub kiosk for Delancey Street. It’s situated just east of the Bowery, where these things are multiplying faster than gizmo in a swimming pool. The 9-foot-6-inch unit is not yet active, though. LinkNYC stations have been criticized pretty much from the get-go. In league with the soulless […]