Posted in dance | music | venues on June 25, 2009

Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
Studio B

After months (years?) of drama and numerous not-actually-closings, word is that Brooklyn mostly-dance club Studio B is really closing this time - by the end of July. No word on how that will affect each individual event scheduled there, like 2 Live Crew on July 25th which is not listed on the venue's website, but is still on sale. Last time this happened, things got moved.

UPDATE:
It is confirmed that the 2 Live Crew is looking for a new home. Everything else listed above (and on Studio B's website) will happen as planned.

Speaking of what is listed by the venue, there are a total of eight more events advertised through July 12th. That includes 2 tonight and 1 tomorrow (that Showtrotta talks more about), a Tragedy show, Flosstradamus on July 10th, the Bikes in the Kitchen show on June 28th, and a July 4th Independence Day Blowout Spectacular with a huge lineup of DJs that include Mark Farina, Odi and Keoki. Flyer for that below...

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Comments (53)

after the sunset rubdown show, this "venue" couldn't close soon enough.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:01 PM

i agree with 101, sunset rubdown was terrible (the venue not the band). good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:03 PM

presumably, they'll change the name, remodel a little, and reopen. the venue building itself is fine, it's just the staff and management

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:06 PM

Good. Hopefully there will be less house music radiating into the rest of the neighborhood from now on.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:14 PM

Let's hope so. They are a blight on the music scene and the neighborhood. Even the Community Board doesn't think they should be open.
http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/32/24/32_24_bm_studiob.html

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:16 PM

Tragedy show July 12th!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:17 PM

It doesn't matter what management takes over the place. The whiny neighbors there have made up their mind that they will not tolerate a place where people go to have fun on their block. It would be a waste of anyone's time to try to change their mind.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:36 PM

1:36 said it right.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:39 PM

Yeah, clearly the whiny douchebags who patronize Studio B have more rights than the neighbors who have lived there for years. Who wouldn't want an open air roof deck in their backyard? Only non-fun havers!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:42 PM

if the neighbors were properly compensated for their troubles Im sure none of this would have been a problem...

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:44 PM

do you PROMISE?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:45 PM

The neighbors had nothing to do with the club closing - and honestly it was only a pretty small group of people who complained, they just complained a lot

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:49 PM

That girl holding the purse in the lower left hand corner has awesome legs!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 1:57 PM

1:57 is the smartest person on this thread.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:11 PM

"Yeah, clearly the whiny douchebags who patronize Studio B have more rights than the neighbors who have lived there for years. Who wouldn't want an open air roof deck in their backyard? Only non-fun havers!"

^----- well there is a defensive whiny neighbor for you! In my comment at 1:36, did I say anything about anyone's "rights"? It is a fact that the neighbors have more rights than the club. A club has NO rights whatsoever. If there are residential complaints...it's over for the club. My point was that no one should waste their time on this space again... the neighbors won't tolerate it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:15 PM

"The neighbors had nothing to do with the club closing - and honestly it was only a pretty small group of people who complained, they just complained a lot"

Oh... really?? The neighbors had nothing to do with the club closing? You think the community board just hunted them down independently for sport?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:17 PM

I know some of the neighbors on that block and they are the worst whiny bitches i've ever met. I don't go to studio B and I don't live on that block, so I don't really give a shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:19 PM

If you don't like noise, don't live in New York City.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:24 PM

oh noes a hang out spot closed in nyc now where will I go to have fun......

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:28 PM

Studio B ain't NYC . . . it's a small sliver wedged between light industry and a strangely picture-esque couple of blocks. It also is a ten minute walk from the subway. Studio B always seemed to me to be better suited for a small college town that had just discovererd dance music. Would have made better sense to have a giant parking lot for the suburban dregs that congregate there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:31 PM

If that girl in lower left was outside at all the shows, Studio B would still be in business.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:34 PM

I live in the building next door to Studio B. I can look down into the giant noise hole they cut in their roof. They spent a lot of money putting in a giant skylight (always open) after they were ordered to remove the illegal roof deck they put in. The hole increases the sound level by about 80%. The cruddy music that blasts forth some nights til 4am travels out of the hole and reverberates between the surrounding buildings. On Sundays it starts around 2 in the afternoon and can go on for twelve hours.
I am happy that the young hipsters are having fun getting drunk and dancing and yelling. Just don't want them doing it in my living room on a Sunday afternoon while I'm trying to relax. I can't even open my window.

Tried to go over and talk to them one night when noise was particularly bad, got ignored and then squashed in the doorway by the bouncer when I tried to go find someone else to talk to.
Want to be like Ghandi, but starting to feel more like Malcolm X.
Have to believe what goes around, comes around.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:40 PM

was there for sunset rubdown and though the show sucked the venue was not too bad althogh the roof is cheesy it's dying palming.

anyway the space will be open under a new name and owner before long.

Posted by lola | June 25, 2009 2:58 PM

was there for sunset rubdown and though the show sucked the venue was not too bad. although the roof is cheesy with it's dying palm trees.

anyway the space will be open under a new name and owner before long.

Posted by lola | June 25, 2009 2:59 PM

Ninnies like the guy above should not be allowed to live in NYC. Move to the country bub. I don't really care about this club. It was lame and only for little losers who could not get into real clubs in the city. That being said i have gone there once or twice to see what was up and one time i totally got my cock sucked by a really hot young girl. True story. I got the pictures to prove it if anyone wants to see. Leave your email and i'll send em. So yeah Diana K from Billyburg(also known as the Human Hoover), i know you read this blog cause we talked about it. Sorry i did not get back to you. I lost your number but i'd like to finish the "project" with you.
So for all that I am sad to see the club go. Can anyone can suggest other places where you can find hot girls with little to no morals?
Also, i think the girl in the picture that everyone is referring to is that chick i see all the time drunk at every Todd P and summer outdoor shows. She lives over by Union I believe. I remember her specifically at one of the McCarren shows last summer squirting the band with water guns.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 2:59 PM

2:59 - stop trolling for "young girls." that's at brooklyncarnivore, perv.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 3:05 PM

what happened at the sunset rubdown show?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 3:06 PM

Hey 2:59
Thanks for the offer but sorry, I've moved on from your micropenis.
-Diana K

Posted by Diana K | June 25, 2009 3:09 PM

"what happened at the sunset rubdown show?"

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/06/sunset_rubdown_17.html

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 3:15 PM

Cmon now 3:09(fake diana k), playa hating is so unbecoming.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 3:17 PM

What would be a better (less annoying) place to dance in Manhattan? I have not idea what everyone's point of comparison is.

Posted by naj | June 25, 2009 3:22 PM

maybe theyre closing cuz the bartenders are hostile assholes? just a guess

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 3:38 PM

When noise from an bar/club/individual travels beyond its doors and building into a home, neighbors are going to try and quiet a place down.

And anyone who says "If you don't like noise, don't live in New York City" would behave in the exact same way if they couldn't sleep at night.

Now go dance to crappy music in your neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 3:44 PM

to the dumbasses blaming the neighbors -

It was a really loud disco BEFORE it was studio B, but no one tried to shut it down. I lived next to it for years and never called 311. These guys really had to work at pissing everyone off.

It probably will be tough for someone to reopen the place thanks to the rocket scientists behind Studio B, but if new ownership takes the extraordinary step of not being total fucking assholes and maybe putting a roof back on the building, I can see it happening.

It's plain to see the plan from the beginning with these guys was to build this catastrophe without consulting anyone from the neighborhood (or even the city, as it turned out) and pay some lawyers to deal with the blowback. It's what they do , the owner's history clearly delineates this pattern. I think we were lucky that in this case they showed such blatant disregard for the law that the neighborhood has had something to fight back with.

Posted by carlos | June 25, 2009 4:23 PM

"Even the Community Board doesn't think they should be open."

What do you mean EVEN the community board? All community boards do is oppose things like this. That's why they exist.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 4:30 PM

Looks like they are getting in one last obnoxious 3 floor Drum & Bass party on July 4th. It's like a giant f*ck you goodbye to the neighborhood.

Posted by Nixon | June 25, 2009 4:33 PM

"These guys really had to work at pissing everyone off. "

Nah, more like the neighborhood got invaded by whiny little self-important ninnies that thought they were still back in the midwestern suburbs. They couldn't understand why anyone would want to dance until the wee hours of the morning, so they started crying about it to local politicians.

That said: Studio B sucked. Goodbye!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 4:39 PM

i love getting my cock sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 4:44 PM

Actually, that Community Board has ok'd 98% of the liquor licenses that have come before them in the past 15 years. There were 32 others they ok'd that same day. In this one case, they said no.

And Community Boards do a heck of a lot more than just oppose nightclubs (parks, transportation issues, development planning, for starters). Believe it or not, there is life in most neighborhoods outside of bars. Cripes.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 4:45 PM

yeah... about 75% of what community boards have to deal with is old people yelling about things that no one cares about.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 4:53 PM

community boards are corrupt patronage institutions filled with lifetime political cronies, appointed by the mayor at the behest of borough level party machine bosses

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 4:55 PM

I live right next to this place too. I have no noise complaint, It's just a shitty venue. The Dan Deacon/Lightning Bolt show was the only good thing that place ever did for me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 5:14 PM

Who cares about the community boards? They do what they can to help people who actually live and contribute to daily life in a community.

The fact remains that that club sucked, and so did the people who ran it. They got every bit of hassle that they deserved. Nobody in that area of Greenpoint will miss them.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 5:15 PM

I think Studio B sucked too... and the "real" owner is a polish gangster.
However, what concerns me is the "slippery slope" of bitchy neighbors being able to dictate who can and who can not open a business if they please. I have no doubt that even if this was the best run venue in the world, the neighbors would still try to shut it down.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 5:27 PM

that girl/guy jumping has mad ups!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 5:54 PM

Studio B caused their own demise. If they had simply played by the DOB rules set up by the city, and worked with the neighbors even in the slightest in regards to noise complaints (please, a still-illegal open roof deck surrounded by apartments on three sides??) they wouldn't have had the problems they did.

As the previous poster said, the club (CLUB ICE) that first renovated that spot about 5 years ago, and put in all the sound and light systems was never an issue with the neighbors. Because they didn't think they owned the fucking neighborhood and could ruin everyone else's life just because they wanted to make a buck.

They treated the neighbors, their patrons and the musicians who played there like shit. And boo hoo, now they're gone...and no one will care in two weeks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 6:00 PM

To "Nah, more like the neighborhood got invaded by whiny little self-important ninnies that thought they were still back in the midwestern suburbs."

If someone set up a sound system outside your bedroom window for 12-14 hours a day, three or four days in a row, pumping out cruddy tunes- bet you'd be the biggest whiner of them all.

It's true, I'm an old timer in the hood. I can remember the oldy days before the hipster invasion. Been next door to the Studio B building for almost 2 decades. So who's invading who? I never complained when the Polish Club was in there cause they didn't have a giant hole in the roof. The Studio B folk are just bad neighbors.


Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 9:30 PM

i love studio b...i will be sad every time they say they close and happy every time they re-open. but i'm sick of the up and down, back and forth. choose one and stick to it, fuckos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2009 6:55 PM

Club Ice was smart. Club Ice was operating between the lines and they knew it. So they didn't allow people to be idiots up and down the block. The Polish heavies hustled people away from the club the minute they walked down the door. The bouncers didn't stand there with the door open, letting the music out. And they didn't try to build a bar on the second floor - there was no Certificate of Occupancy for the 2nd floor so they left it the fuck alone.

In short, Club Ice knew how to operate a club in NYC.

Ever been to Webster Hall? You know how fast those guys get you off that block? You want to know why it's still there? Because they try to minimize the inconvenience to the neighbors around them. They did that when it was the Ritz. You couldn't stop to light your fucking cigarette on that block when you walked out of the show. They wanted everyone moving on, going home, so they didn't stand in front of the club and scream.

The worst offenders of Studio B is the people who work there 4:30 or 5 in the morning they stand on the corner and carry on screamingly loud conversations about stupid customers and what they're doing the next day.

If you stupid hipsters pulled this shit in the East Village in the 80s you would have had a knife pulled on you. But instead, you gallvant around an industrial area with your iphones out and your headphones on, yelling and screaming, and you're lucky the gangs from the southside don't come up here and set up shop.

And the next fuckwit from Kansas to lecture me "if you dont want noise, don't move to new york," meet me near Acme Fish at 3:30 in the morning. Alone. And let's see how brave you are, motherfucker.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2009 12:28 AM

for all its problems, studio b put on some good nights: lcd soundsystem, ellen allien/miss kitten, girl talk, battles, soulwax...

unfortunately, the owner pissed off the neighbors with the rooftop. that was the beginning of the end for them, really.

to the neighbors, when studio b shuts its doors (again) you'll just find other stuff to bitch about. as a former resident of greenpoint, i can say that not all of the neighborhood's were the from studio b.

ultimately, fuck the pussy neighbors and fuck the owner. they deserve each other.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2009 4:40 PM

The person to blame for the mess is ALEKSANDRA DROZD, the owner of Studio B. She likes to set up clubs and restaurants all over the place with noisy roof decks and loud music. This isn't the first time. Think she would get the message and come up with a better business model by now.

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waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

no one is entitled to shit.

i for one, had fun at almost all the shows i had seen here.

and i will miss that.

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