Add Bushwick bar, performance space, and music venue Goodbye Blue Monday to the ever-growing list of places that have shuttered in 2014. After a long struggle with rising rent prices, the DIY venue officially closed its doors on Sunday. Down for the count in 2014: Glasslands, DBA, 285 Kent, Death by Audio, Public Assembly,and Spike Hill, to name just a few.
The venue confirmed the closure via a faux-cheery Facebook post, which announced: “Goodbye Blue Monday is close. All shows are canceled. <3.”
The space, which had been open for a decade and hosted a whole litany of interesting local bands, both successful and not-so-successful, had been on precarious terms for a while. In the past year, they held an online fundraising campaign to help upgrade the well-worn facility. They announced earlier in 2014 that they were in danger of closing if they couldn’t come up with the funds to pay fines owed to the city (some $7,000 worth), added to the burden of an exponential increase in rent. Apparently those funds didn’t come soon enough.