The Living Room Closing at the End of December After a Year Outside the Lower East Side

Posted on: December 9th, 2015 at 5:00 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Living Room, March 2013

The Living Room is closing down for good at the end of the month. Co-owners Jennifer Gilson and Steve Rosenthal announced the news yesterday afternoon, but did not elaborate on the reasons. One could only surmise that it’s rent related.

Or, some might say that, after the move to Brooklyn, the business was never quite the same. That it struggled to find footing after being uprooted for the second time. Definitely a storyline repeated ad nauseum in a town that no longer protects its own.

It seems like only yesterday that the Living Room packed its bags to cross the river into Brooklyn. And it kinda was, actually.

Exactly two years ago, Gilson and Rosenthal closed their beloved Lower East Side venue after a sixteen-year residency 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); lest we forget the battle for the East Second Street laundromat that failed.

I have sad news. The Living Room is closing at the end of December. It seems like we just opened a minute…

Posted by The Living Room on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

[h/t New York Times]

Recent Stories

An Art Show to Benefit the Educational Alliance

A new art exhibit to support the Educational Alliance and its Manny Cantor Center kicks off this weekend. Drawing inspiration from the recently-deposed Hester Street Fair, “CONTINUE TO BE” is a celebratory show welcoming the warmth and hope of springtime in the city, featuring both new and old work from local photographers who have documented life […]

Clayton’s Corner: Shine a Light on the Dark

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, nights are especially dark on the streets of the Lower East Side. Fewer businesses, less activity, less overall light. In this latest installment of Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian shines a light on the darkness.

City Officially Breaks Ground on $1.45B East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

After an initial delay, the contested $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is set to break ground in the coming days. All against a backdrop of legal filings and vociferous community opposition. “Building a recovery for all of us means fighting climate change and investing in resilient communities,” Mayor de Blasio stated in a […]

The ‘Goodnight Moon’ House on Orchard Street

On lower Orchard Street, there was a telephone, and a landlord tycoon, and an art show depicting … Goodnight Moon. Hosted by Fort Makers, the new exhibit at 38 Orchard brings Margaret Wise Brown’s 1947 children’s book Goodnight Moon to life, via a three-dimensional installation. “Goodnight House” is the work of fourteen commissioned artists who […]

Grassroots Campaign Afoot to Remove Susan Stetzer from CB3 District Manager

Clearly, someone has a personal vendetta against Susan Stetzer, the longtime district manager of Community Board 3. Several wheat-paste posters surfaced on street surfaces around the neighborhood this week, demanding “Susan Stetzer out now” and to “clean up CB3.” The action appears part of a larger (anonymous) campaign to educate the neighborhood about the toxicity […]