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NYC venues close temporarily, postpone shows amid coronavirus

Bonnie "Prince" Billy at Town Hall
Bonnie “Prince” Billy at Town Hall earlier this week (more by P Squared)

UPDATE: Mayor de Blasio is ordering all NYC venues and nightclubs closed, to go into effect Tuesday morning (3/17) at 9 AM.

Now that New York State has banned gatherings of 500 people or more due to the coronavirus pandemic, some NYC venues are temporarily closing their doors, and postponing events, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN & BARCLAYS CENTER

In a press conference on Thursday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said large venues like Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center will likely be closed “for a number of months.” “Yesterday morning seems like a long time ago,” de Blasio said. “We got a lot of information in the course of a day yesterday and a lot changed then, then last night it just seemed the world turned upside down in the course of just a few hours.”

Madison Square Garden said in a statement: “We support Governor Cuomo’s decision and starting tomorrow night, our New York venues will only host events that adhere to the Governor’s very clear parameters. This is a fluid situation and we will be back with further details when available.”

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TOWN HALL

From Town Hall:

The safety and security of our audiences and employees is the Town Hall’s highest priority. Due to concerns over the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Town Hall will be closed until further notice. We are following the lead of our city, state, and federal elected officials as we take steps recommended by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

For postponed events during the month of March, your current tickets will be honored for the new date, and no action is needed if you want to keep your tickets and current seat locations. You will be notified as soon as the new date is announced. If the show has been cancelled, refunds will be made available at all points of purchase. Purchases made at the box office will be made available once the Hall is reopened.

For additional information or assistance, including information on ticket refund and exchange policies, please contact Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787. If you have any questions for the box office, please contact them at boxoffice@thetownhall.org.

We are working with the shows scheduled for early April and will continue to update our website. While we continue to monitor the ever-developing situation, please continue consulting our website and calendar for ongoing updates.

CARNEGIE HALL

From Carnegie Hall:

With the health and safety of the public, our artists, and our staff as our foremost priority, Carnegie Hall has cancelled all events from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes programming presented by the Hall’s Weill Music Institute—whether taking place at Carnegie Hall or an offsite location—and all free Carnegie Hall Citywide performances in venues across New York City.

More information, including about refunds, here.

LINCOLN CENTER

Lincoln Center will “suspend constituent public performances and screenings as of 5pm Thursday night for the month of March”:

We stand in solidarity with our arts colleagues in New York and around the world many of whom, like us, have shut their doors due to Coronavirus.

For the foreseeable future, we will be sharing footage regularly on our social channels – rarely seen video from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more.

In these times of heightened anxiety and diligence, we may find it easier to divide than unite. Let’s take care of our hearts and minds, as well as our bodies. Let’s center our empathy and not lose sight of what connects us.

First up is a program of Schoenberg, Murail, a world premiere by Alexandra du Bois, and ending with Johnston’s “Amazing Grace” for string quartet. Courtesy of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, our 2020 Emerging Artist Sebastian Manz, and a phenomenal group of young musicians.

We’re coming to you live from Alice Tully Hall. Take a moment. Enjoy.

BROOKLYN BOWL

From Brooklyn Bowl:

Brooklyn Bowl Williamsburg announces that given the escalating public health concerns nationwide, we will be closing our doors until further notice in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s action to temporarily ban mass gatherings of more than 500 people. We know that Brooklyn Bowl has always been a second home to many of us and we want to let you all know that our hearts are heavy to have to temporarily close our doors.

The safety of our artists, guests, staff, and extended community is always our highest priority, and we feel this is the right thing to do under the circumstances. We are committed to following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local city and state health agencies.

For upcoming show cancellations, ticketholders will receive information via email.
For any upcoming show postponements, ticketholders will receive information via email with updates.
For ongoing updates, stay tuned to our emails, website, and social accounts.

Stay safe. Stay smart. Rock. And Roll.

ELSEWHERE

Elsewhere says:

In an abundance of caution, we will be temporarily closing Elsewhere for one week, through next Thursday, March 19th. Tomorrow’s shows with Shing02 and P.H.F. will be our last events before we pause, and this weekend’s Friday and Saturday club nights will be postponed. We are very sad to turn artists and audiences away, but right now we feel it’s the right thing to do under the circumstances.

We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation, and actively implementing recommendations and mandates by state and city authorities, and the New York City Department of Health. When we re-open next week, that will entail decreasing our venue’s capacity so that we are not hosting gatherings of more than 500 people at a time, until further notice.

As a local independent team, we’re doing our best to adapt to a quickly evolving situation, and so there is likely to be more event updates over the next several days as we learn more. For now, you can find all current programming updates at the bottom of this page. For all event cancellations, all ticket holders will be notified by email in advance and refunded automatically.

Read more here.

LE POISSON ROUGE

Le Poisson Rouge will suspend this weekend’s shows and will be updating soon about the rest of March’s events.

BABY’S ALL RIGHT

Baby’s All Right is postponing all programming through March 26:

PIONEER WORKS

From Pioneer Works:

We value the safety and health of our whole community and staff. In accordance with guidelines from state and city health officials as well as the Center for Disease Control during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Pioneer Works is temporarily closing to the public and postponing all March events and classes, effective March 14.

We are asking staff to work remotely as much as possible. Our residents are welcome to use their studios during this time, and we are also continuing to explore all avenues of support for residents and local community during this public closure.

The closure will likely last through the end of March, but we hope to re-open as soon as safely possible. Any further updates will be announced on our website, social media, and by email. In the meantime, if a ticketed program is canceled, refunds will be provided, and the audience will immediately be notified. We will be rescheduling all postponed programming.

We are wishing you health and safety during this difficult time. Please email info@pioneerworks.org with any questions or concerns about our closure.

ALPHAVILLE

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MCKITTRICK HOTEL

From McKittrick Hotel:

Per Governor Cuomo’s order closing all Broadway theaters and public gatherings with a capacity of 500 or more effective yesterday, The McKittrick Hotel follows for the safety of our casts, staff and patrons.

The McKittrick Hotel – which houses Sleep No More, Speakeasy Magick, Bartschland Follies, The Woman in Black, and rooftop restaurant & bar, The Lodge at Gallow Green – will close for a period of 30 days through April 12, 2020.

We are working to update our schedule and rebook reservations during this time at no extra charge. Once our schedule is posted, we will be happy to assist guests to find a suitable exchange date. Reservations will not expire and can be used at any time.

HOUSE OF YES

House of Yes is closing temporarily.

MARKET HOTEL

From Market Hotel:

After much discussion with the performers + our staff, we’ve made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone events thru this weekend out of concern for pubic safety. All advanced tickets purchased will be refunded.

Decisions for shows next week and beyond have not been made.

Thank you for your patience as we all cautiously wait to see how this crisis develops. We urge everyone to wash their hands dutifully, and if you are feeling sick — please, stay home, get rest, and seek medical attention if needed.

Love, Market Hotel

PUBLIC RECORDS

From Public Records:

Dear Public Records Community,
After further consideration, we have decided to close the Sound Room for the weekend beginning tonight and to reassess the situation on Monday. New York State has banned events with crowds over 500 people and, though our capacity is smaller, we would like to take this time to evaluate the constantly developing situation. The Bar and Cafe will remain open and we will strive to provide a safe and healthy space for people to enjoy during these stressful times.
Refunds will be issued for any tickets that have been purchased for the Sound Room this weekend.
Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

THE SHED

From The Shed:

To support the City of New York’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our audiences, artists, and staff, The Shed is suspending its exhibitions and performances effective today, March 12, at 6 pm through March 30. Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates, originally scheduled to be on view through March 22, is now closed and performances of Help through March 30 are canceled. Ticket holders with questions about refunds or exchanges should contact The Shed at info@theshed.org or (646) 455-3494. We will continue to provide updates as we receive new information.

KNOCKDOWN CENTER & BASEMENT

Queens venue Knockdown Center is postponing public events for the next three weeks, and its underground techno club Basement is temporarily closing its doors.

NATIONAL SAWDUST

From National Sawdust:

With a heavy heart, but with the safety of our audiences, artists and staff in mind, National Sawdust has made the decision to suspend all programming as of Friday, March 13, through the end of April. Our staff will be continually monitoring the situation with the intention of reopening to the public as soon as possible once the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

National Sawdust remains optimistic about the resilience and strength of the New York City artistic community in the months ahead. Our programmers are currently coordinating opportunities to reschedule our immediate roster of concerts for dates TBA and are exploring the logistical possibilities of online streaming for select events to our audiences. We are also continuing to move forward with plans for the National Sawdust Gala, scheduled for May 12, 2020, unless circumstances prevent us from doing so. More details will be made available in the near future.

Previously purchased tickets for all of our immediately postponed performances will be valid for their to-be-announced rescheduled dates — we’ll be in touch. Alternately, tickets may be converted into a tax-deductible charitable contribution to National Sawdust or credited to a National Sawdust membership. For the most up-to-date information regarding the rescheduling of shows and the resumption of programming, please visit NationalSawdust.org. We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Over the past 5+ years, National Sawdust has strived to create a safe and nurturing home for creators from across the genre spectrum, providing artists the space, time and resources they need to present their art at its best. Rest assured that we have every intention of weathering this difficult moment and returning stronger than ever. Until then, we encourage you to be kind to yourselves and others.

AVANT GARDNER

Avant Gardner will suspend shows through March:

UNION POOL

Shows at Union Pool on Friday (3/13) and Saturday (3/14) have been canceled; beyond that is still TBA.

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BRIC HOUSE

TRANS-PECOS

ISSUE PROJECT ROOM

From Issue Project Room:

SSUE is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our artists, audiences, staff, and surrounding community. Given the feedback from state and local officials and the associated potential risks of public assembly, ISSUE is canceling or postponing events through the end of March.

March 14th, Lary 7 / John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki: Canceled
March 18th, Guitar: Justin Allen with Sean D. Henry-Smith: Postponed
March 24th, Jacob Kirkegaard / Lyra Pramuk: Canceled
March 26th, George Lewis: Recombinant Works 2014 – 2019: Postponed
March 28th, Laurie Spiegel: “A Harmonic Algorithm” In Collaboration with Seth Cluett / Eli Keszler / Caterina Barbieri*: Postponed

For canceled events, ISSUE will automatically refund ticket purchasers to the card used. For postponed events, ISSUE will communicate updates and additional information as soon as possible. Ticket buyers can request a refund by contacting Brown Paper Tickets directly.

As of now, we hope for future Spring 2020 programs to go forward as planned. ISSUE will continue to closely monitor this developing situation and communicate decisions in league with guidance provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs regarding public assembly and measures directed by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, SAINT VITUS is staying open:

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A COVID-19 update: Unless otherwise announced, shows at Saint Vitus are still on. We are very closely monitoring and implementing the recommendations of our state and local officials, and we will update you if we need to take further steps. If a show is canceled, we will make that clear on both our website and our social media channels. In the meantime, use your best judgment (or someone else's if your best judgment is pretty bad) when deciding to attend an event, and for the love of Satan, wash your hands. If you're feeling sick, stay home. If your favorite band announces that their tour dates are canceled, see if you can buy their merch online. In general, right now is a really, really good time to find ways to support your favorite musicians, artists, and venues. As for Vitus: we are staying on top of strict cleanliness protocols. The bar gets thoroughly cleaned every day. We will continue to have our bartenders adhere to strict health & safety guidelines. We appreciate your understanding. Stay healthy, and be excellent to each other. We'll put a few links to ways you can help out locally in the comments of our Facebook post. Hails!

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But if you can’t make the show or choose to stay home, you can stream it live:

BOWERY ELECTRIC

Bowery Electric is also staying open. Here’s a message from the venue:

At the Bowery Electric, we want to ensure the continued health and safety of all our patrons. We are taking precautions to ensure that our venue remains a safe place. In the response to the virus, not only will continue our habits of regularly disinfecting and sanitizing the all areas of the club and our equipment throughout the entire night (as well as before we open and after close), but we will also be providing hand sanitizers for all guests use, as well as closely follow Governor Cuomo’s order and operate at half capacity. Rest assured – we will continue monitoring the situation but for now, the show will go on!

In times of crisis, we turn to music and gatherings as a source of hope. We are dedicated to continue to work together to strengthen our community and to provide happiness to music lovers.

ARLENE’S GROCERY

Arlene’s Grocery is keeping its doors open for the time being, too:

Hey Everyone,

While we are still open and operating our current scheduled events, we want all of our attendees, guests, employees and beyond to know that we are taking the proper and proactive precautions recommended by the CDC and monitoring the situation closely. To keep our space a safe and secure environment we are offering gloves, plastic cups, hand sanitizer (all available to anyone who wants It) and a very equipped cleaning crew daily. Thank you for continuing to support our small business, It’s so Important to stay Informed and supportive to everyone around each other!

-Arlene’s Team

SOB’S

SOB’s joins the venues staying open, for now.

UPDATE: Mayor de Blasio is ordering all NYC venues and nightclubs closed, to go into effect Tuesday morning (3/17) at 9 AM.

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