The Doors’ Robby Krieger plays Highline Ballroom in 2016
New York City venue Highline Ballroom, which has hosted shows on 16th street in Manhattan for over a decade, will be closing its doors next month.
As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the club’s final day will be February 8, as confirmed by multiple promoters working with the venue on shows around that time. BV also cites an “RIP Highline Ballroom” Facebook post from NYC club owner Daniel Nardicio, along with a recent blog post from David Daisy, who notes that the Ballroom’s upkeep had been suffering lately: “I was recently at Highline Ballroom and have to say my shock [at its closing] may be short-lived. The place was getting grimy and perhaps not being well-cared for by its owners. Most memorable was a severe leak happening from the upper mezzanine over the entry area, directly under the bathroom area with a backed up line.”
Daisy also points out the recent shuttering of NYC venues Output, Cielo and B.B. King Blues Club, the last of which was also run by Highline Ballroom owner Blue Note Entertainment Group.
The venue’s remaining schedule (which currently runs past February 8) can be seen here.
Highline Ballroom owner Steven Bensusan has shared an official statement regarding the status of the venue:
Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building. This is obviously a growing trend within the New York real estate market impacting various entertainment venues and businesses.
We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are currently looking at options. We hope to be able to announce our plans soon.
In the meantime our final show date and programming will be announced shortly.
We have been very fortunate to present some of music’s biggest names in a small club atmosphere; Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The Roots and so many more have performed on the stage at Highline Ballroom. It is a shame that we have to close our doors, though we are grateful for the support we have received from fans and artists over the years in making the original Highline Ballroom location a truly unique experience.