Posted in music | venues on December 30, 2012

outside of the Living Room (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Living Room

At the end of January, The Living Room will be closing the doors at its 154 Ludlow St location (right next door to Pianos and Cake Shop), where they've been for the past ten years since moving from their original Stanton St location. In a press release, owners Jennifer GIlson and Steve Rosenthal mention that higher rent costs have made it too difficult to keep the Ludlow St location, but they're promising to move to a new space, and are asking for your help to fund the move and construction. To help out, you can donate to their PledgeMusic campaign.

In terms of the current location, LES blog The Lo-Down reports that their neighbors Pianos have filed documents with Community Board 3 to take over the space. What they'll do with it is unclear, though the documents mention the possibility of "live/world music similar to the current method of operation." Time will tell. CB3's SLA Committee will be considering the proposal on January 7 at 6:30 PM at the JASA/Green building (200 E 5th St).

In a Columbia University student publication, Living Room co-founder Jennifer GIlson was interviewed about the damages done during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that they lost at least $15,000 and were applying to the LES Business Improvement District for a small grant. As The Lo-Down article points out, the ownership change was probably in process before Hurricane Sandy though.

Meanwhile check Living Room's calendar for their list of upcoming shows at the current location. They'll have a few bands and karaoke at midnight at New Year's Eve.

Head to Pianos on New Year's Eve to catch Spirit Family Reunion.



Comments (23)


Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 2:36 PM

Having dealt with the management at both venues, it's like night and day. One guess which one were total pricks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 2:40 PM

you'd be a prick too if your area of manhattan was once cool and now you are in a square mile of bridge and tunnel

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 2:44 PM

This does suck. Living Room is a precious place to hear great working musicians. Campilongo, Fier, Sherr. Some local legengs will need a new home.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 3:02 PM

makes sense for pianos to take over. lines of bros out of the door there

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 3:09 PM

That bar looks like the inside of a tool shed. Inhabited by the same type of creeps too. Good bye!

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 3:57 PM

I wonder if they'll make the beer taps taste like shit at the new location too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 4:02 PM


Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 5:12 PM

Pianos the venue in the back is fine. Pianos the bar in the front is a nightmare. It matters which one of the two faces will be used for taking over the Living Room.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 5:27 PM

Both Pianos and Living Room are terrible venues. The LES is for losers who don't know any better.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 5:56 PM

If they were smart business men, a hummus based eatery will soon be opening its doors on ludlow street.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 8:56 PM

Pianos fucking sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 10:26 PM

Brooklyn > LES by a mile.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 2:40 AM

If the Living Room can't afford to stay there, how the heck does Pianos?

Posted by Loop | December 31, 2012 9:15 AM


Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 9:46 AM

nyc needs another star bux

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 9:54 AM

The back room at the Living Room has really nice acoustics.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 10:38 AM

my living room > the living room

Posted by SummerFridays | December 31, 2012 10:54 AM

These venues should move to the Bronx. Plenty of cheaper space there. Could hekp create the new Williamsburg. Make the 6 train the new L.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 11:42 AM

Going to the Living Room is like visiting your crazy aunt. Everyone has one, I'm sure.

The place reeks, usually of fecal matter. The music selection in the back makes you want to pull your hair out and shove it in your ear canal. All the beverages taste like they were from the same jug of milk that expired three months ago. They have inane policies regarding technology; I was told on many occasions filming was not allowed. When pressed, the sound guys and the waitress told me that the owners were trying to claim sole recording rights. Even on a cell phone at a free show? Yup. It looks like the place hasn't been cleaned in YEARS. You can almost see the piles of decade old news papers shoved into the corner. I'm surprised that they don't have QVC on the TV nightly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 11:59 AM

Your ideas was totally easy to get. Happy to find that there’s an person online that gets it precise what its is talking about

Posted by Download Google Play Store 3.10.10 | January 28, 2013 8:32 PM

Wait what sucks?

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 27, 2013 3:30 PM

Please explain how Pianos sucks. It's crowded all the time.

Posted by al | October 11, 2013 12:28 AM

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