New York's Highline Ballroom Is Officially Closing — 'The Landlord Has Other Plans'

After 12 years, Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom is getting pushed out.  But it ain’t over but.

During its twelve-year existence, New York’s Highline Ballroom is transferring out of its 431 W 16th St. digs.  The membership hosted a spread of various kinds, from jazz to folks to hip hop, with stars like Adele, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and The Roots gracing the venue’s stage.

The eclectic checklist of performers additionally included Steve Martin and Amanda Palmer, to not point out legends like Lou Reed.

Amazing stuff, however apparently not sufficient to pay the lofty lease calls for of the property’s proprietor.  Accordingly, Highline is transferring out efficient February.  The membership’s proprietor, Steven Bensusan, indicated that the boot arrived with little warning, although he’s now scouting new places.

He additionally pointed to a rising downside for golf equipment and leisure venues in New York, a notoriously high-priced actual property market.

Here’s an official assertion from Bensusan, emailed to DMN this (Friday) afternoon.

Statement on Highline Ballroom Closing

Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has determined to not renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. For over a yr we have been led to imagine renewal was imminent, nevertheless it's now clear that the owner has different plans for the constructing. This is clearly a rising pattern throughout the New York actual property market impacting varied leisure venues and companies.

We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a brand new location within the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are at present choices. We hope to have the ability to announce our plans quickly.

In the meantime our last present date and programming will likely be introduced shortly.

We have been very lucky to current a few of music’s largest names in a small membership environment; Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The Roots and so many extra have carried out on the stage at Highline Ballroom. It is a disgrace that we've got to shut our doorways, although we're grateful for the help we've got acquired from followers and artists over time in making the unique Highline Ballroom location a really distinctive expertise.

Steven Bensusan
Owner, Highline Ballroom