NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) The 700-capacity Highline Ballroom in New York City announced Friday that it is closing its doors after more than a dozen years in operation because of a disputed with the landlord.
“Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease,” owner Steve Benusasan said 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.
“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.”
Organizers have been informed the club will close Feb. 8. The announcement comes on the heels of the closing of the BB King Blues Club, which was run by Highline Ballroom owner Blue Note Entertianment Group.
The venue plans on reopening at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and is currently looki8ng for options, according to Bensusan, and expects to make an announcement soon.