The Living Room Closing at the End of December After a Year Outside the Lower East Side
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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.
[h/t New York Times]