Another Classic Lower East Side Venue Decamps To Brooklyn

Photo via The Living Room/Facebook
Photo via The Living Room/Facebook

Like the Knitting Factory and Max Fish before it, longtime Lower East Side venue The Living Room is eyeing a move to Williamsburg after being priced out of its original neighborhood, Bedford + Bowery reports.

The move seems to be sort of a last resort for the venue’s owners, who’ve explored just about every other possibility since shuttering their Ludlow St. location in October. “We just couldn’t find a location [in Manhattan] that was appropriate,” owner Jennifer Gilson said at a Williamsburg Community board hearing, where she and her husband are hoping to win approval to move into a space on 134 Metropolitan Ave., right between Nitehawk and the new Max Fish location. Still, she conceded, “There are plenty of black box music spaces in Williamsburg, but there is really no good sit-down space.”

Which all sounds good enough to me. It may be the oldest-sounding thing I say this week, but it’d be nice to have a venue where my feet and lower back aren’t sore by the end of a show from all the standing. That, or, “the neighborhood sure isn’t what it used to be.” Take your pick.

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.


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