Bid Farewell to the Living Room, Closing Tonight After 2 Decades on the Scene

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 at 5:10 am by

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The Living Room on Ludlow, January 2013

The end of the month is nigh. And for the Living Room, that means the end of the road. The conclusion of business operations. For good.

Tonight is the last night of programming, in which there will be “singin’ and playin’ all night long by Living Room regulars.”

The Living Room – a stalwart of the Lower East Side music scene – had trouble replicating its magic in Brooklyn. Co-owners Jennifer Gilson and Steve Rosenthal announced the demise just a couple weeks ago, and are making good on that promise.

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It was around this time in 2013 that Gilson and Rosenthal closed their beloved Lower East Side venue after a sixteen-year stretch in the neighborhood. Eleven of those years were spent at 154 Ludlow Street, and the previous five in the former Epstein’s Bar space at Allen and Stanton. The closure, and eventual relocation to Brooklyn in the fall of 2014, was the result of a rent hike (shocker); a battle for the East Second Street laundromat followed months thereafter, but also proved futile.

They will be missed.

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When the Living Room moved to Ludlow

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