Local Musician Looking to Sell Eastside Sound Studio After 43 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 at 5:55 am by

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Eastside Sound recording Studio, Forsyth St.

The long-running, and well-regarded, Eastside Sound recording studio is taking a final bow at 150 Forsyth Street. Owner Lou Holtzman – born and raised on the Lower East Side – recently put the business up for sale. Founded in 1972, this facility is considered one of the longest running studios in the city.

According to the fresh real estate listing, those interested apparently have two options – purchasing the store and its assets outright, or a “lease takeover.” The two-room recording studio amounts to roughly 2,000 square-feet.

  • Option 1 – 10 year lease $6300 incremental over 10 years capping at $7500 per Month with option to extend. Key $750.000.
  • Option 2 – $2,200,000 buys ground floor with studio. 25′ x 100′ Prime NYC real estate.
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From the listing:

The Control Room was designed by Frank Comentale. The room incorporates all forms of analog and digital recording. I did away with isolation moving Gobos (Sound Isolating Panels) and built a room with dedicated isolation booths. Using Frank’s isolated wall design and materials, the studio and studio booths were designed for quality isolation and proper air supply and returns. All sound isolation techniques were followed from floating floors/floating rooms.

The Studio has a symmetrical control room with wonderful sonic capabilities. All air handling units are split and tied into the plumbing. All audio wire raceways are located under the floors connecting all rooms and all booths with multiple audio options. The finest materials were used in the construction of the facility. The fabric on the walls is fire retardant and washable with steam vacuum techniques. A wonderful room.

Eastside Sound was born at 98 Allen Street back in 1972, before the arrival of Congee Village. This original location was conceived as a simple four-track studio, but eventually grew to occupy three floors and as many recording rooms. Much of the output then, as now, was quite diverse. From Jazz and rock, to new age. In 2002, Holtzman forged a partnership with former intern Fran Cathcart, and decided to downsize the operation to its current location at 150 Forsyth Street.

Holtzman is apparently looking to retire or find a majority partner to continue as torch-bearer. “I would like to play more music with my friends [rather] than running the studio,” he says. “I’m 65, and ready to rock.”

For those about to rock, we salute you…

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