New York's Highline Ballroom to Close
After the owner says their lease was not renewed, the club will become one of several New York venues shuttered in the last year.
New York music venue Highline Ballroom has announced that it will close its doors in the near future, according to owner Blue Note Entertainment Group. The Chelsea concert space opened 12 years ago with a performance from Lou Reed and John Zorn and has seen performances from Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Arctic Monkeys.
“Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom's lease,” said Highline Ballroom owner Steven Bensusan in a statement. “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.”
The venue currently has select shows slated as far as April, but they have not announced an official final show. Those details are expected shortly. In the meantime, Bensusan said they are looking into reopening the venue at a nearby location.
“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,” the statement read.
“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,” Bensusan added.
Highline Ballroom is one of several New York venues to shutter its doors in recent years. Last year the city lost clubs including American Beauty, Output, Cielo and Cornelia Street Café. Highline owner Blue Note Entertainment closed the Times Square B.B. Kings Blues Club last year as well.