The rent is too damn high — especially for New York City nightclubs. After Output and Cielo announced their respective closures at the end of 2018, Manhattan venue Highline Ballroom, a small live venue which has hosted shows by Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and The Roots, announced today that they are shuttering after a 12-year run.
According to club owner Steven Bensusan, “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.”
However, owner Bensusan said that he is looking for a new locale. “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 final show date and programming will be announced shortly.
Image via Highline Ballroom