Pianos ‘Closes Indefinitely,’ then Backtracks

Posted on: May 11th, 2020 at 5:03 am by

Pianos on the Lower East Side is flirting with permanent closure. That is the messaging coming from the Ludlow Street venue during this coronavirus shutdown. At least, in part.

In an ominous update to patrons last week, Pianos ownership thanked customers for eighteen years of support and also noted that it would “close indefinitely.” But that it was still “committed to the future.” Fearing that the decades-running Ludlow Street venue would stay closed forever, hysteria among its faithful reached elevated levels.

So much so, that the establishment quickly backtracked with an update, stating that it would be back once it is safe enough to reopen.

In recent years, though, the establishment has drawn the ire of locals for directly contributing to the “hell” that defines Hell Square. It’s been a long time since the venue was at all relevant in the former Ludlow music scene.

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To all of our patrons, friends and family who have passed through our doors over the last 18 years on Ludlow Street, We wish to thank you and express our sincere gratitude for helping us build a community like no other. In 2002, we set out to provide a venue for dancing and live music on the Lower East Side, and in the process we have become a place known for diversity in times of adversity, and in this we take great pride. Now we find ourselves in an unimaginable position and have closed indefinitely (UNTIL WE CAN SAFELY REOPEN) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel that we have meant a lot of things to a lot of people. If we have meant anything to you, please consider helping now in this difficult time. Pianos serves as the livelihood for an incredible team of employees, including bartenders, barbacks, managers, DJs, sound engineers, talent agents, security, door persons, waitstaff, kitchen staff, coat check, maintenance and accounting. This is a call for support. All funds raised at the link in our bio will go directly to our staff to help supplement lost income. For your contribution, we will be forever grateful. If you are not able to give, we still thank you and appreciate your business over the years. Please know that Pianos is committed to the future… and dancing with our friends through any and every obstacle that we face. With respect and gratitude, Pianos

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