UPDATE 1/11/19 1:37PM ET:
Steven Bensusan, the owner of the Highline Ballroom, has sent a statement to VIBE about the closing of Highline Ballroom. The venue will reopen in the near future
“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.”
New York’s Highline Ballroom is reportedly closing its door after over 10 years in the business.
According to Brooklyn Vegan, several promoters have shared the news on social media, including Bedlam/Club Cumming owner Daniel Nardicio, who posted the news on Facebook. Responding to another user, Nardicio stated that February 8 would be the venue’s closing date.
Another niche event space for early hip-hop and R&B shows from the A$AP Mob, Tory Lanez, Rihanna and legends like Stevie Wonder, the Highline Ballroom brought about an enjoyable balance for music lovers with its old-school style and charm.
Owned by Blue Note Entertainment Group, the closing of the venue comes just after the company shut the doors to BB Kings, another staple for legacy jazz, hip-hop, rock and R&B artists.
The venue hasn’t commented on the news and at the time of this report, didn’t respond to our inquiry. A number on its social pages for Jason Kaciupski was also out of service. Their website features a number of performances and events happening after February 8 like a Wifisfuneral show on the 15th, an OkayAfrica event in March and Lil Tracy show in April.
But no need to fret. Webster Hall, another favorite venue in New York is expected to make a comeback after a year of renovations.