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Now Showing: Sadness, as Videology Bar + Cinema Announces Closing

(photo by Gavin Thomas / NY Mag)

Yesterday, we told you about some new additions to Williamsburg, like a shiny Chase Bank and a Sephora, joining the ranks of a nearby Apple Store and Whole Foods. As much as the neighborhood seemed to be turning into a replica of chain-laden Manhattan, some offbeat gems were still surviving, like Quimby’s, Desert Island Comics, the volunteer-run Spectacle Theater, and independent video store/bar/screening room Videology Bar & Cinema, which has catered to culture nerds and film buffs for close to 15 years. However, Videology just announced it will be closing their doors later this month, on October 27, making the streets of Bedford Avenue just a little more sterile. Keep Reading »

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Bushwick’s San Loco Is Now a No-Go

(photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Though “Gringo-Mex” spot San Loco left their East Village home of 31 years in 2017 due to a rent increase, folks hungry for Guaco Locos and margaritas could still get their fill at San Locos in the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, and a location at 582 Bushwick Avenue that opened right before the Second Avenue location shut their doors. Now, that latest addition has also ceased operations. Its windows have been papered over and an employee at the Lower East Side store confirms it has closed.  Keep Reading »

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After Shutdown, Brooklyn Venue The Gateway Turns to Crowdfunding to Reopen

From left: Nelson Antonio Espinal, Rob Granata, Ned Shatzer (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Bushwick/Bed-Stuy venue The Gateway was forced to close on May 23 and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to reopen, according to an email from the space’s owner Ned Shatzer. Keep Reading »

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Love Shine Closes Shop After 20 Years of Adding Color to the East Village

Love Shine owner Mark Seamon outside his shop with some of his final customers on its final day, 4/11/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Yesterday, after two decades on East Sixth Street, Love Shine packed up its handmade bags and closed its doors. After hosting a farewell party last week, owner Mark Seamon spent his last days greeting customers who came to say goodbye and wish their best to a person who clearly touched his small corner of downtown’s vibrant scene.

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Comedy Theater The Annoyance Will Close Its Williamsburg Location

The Annoyance's stage (photo via Annoyance Theatre NY / Facebook)

The Annoyance’s stage (photo via Annoyance Theatre NY / Facebook)

The New York chapter of comedy theater The Annoyance has announced they’ll be closing their location on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg at the end of March. Originally started in Chicago 28 years ago, The Annoyance began holding classes in Williamsburg in January 2014, and went on to open up a physical location in the city later that year in December.

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Bake Time is Up: Cake Shop Says Goodbye

(Photo: Nick McManus)

Later gator. Cake Shop closed on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Another venue spent New Year’s Eve saying their last goodbyes to regulars and anyone else with a drink in their hand. For the last few years, Cake Shop was running on borrowed time. Back in 2012, when the gritty bitty Lower East Side venue’s Ludlow Street neighbor, The Living Room, closed up shop after more than 15 years in business, it seemed like it was only a matter of time.

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It’s All Over Now for Williamsburg Bar Over the Eight

Over the Eight says goodbye (Photo: Nick McManus)

Over the Eight says goodbye at their New Year’s Eve comics celebration (Photo: Nick McManus)

Last year was a rough one for cultural spaces of all kinds in New York City, so it was somewhat fitting (if not totally sad) that a slew of local spots said their peace-outs during New Year’s Eve festivities. Among the departing establishments that went out with a bang on one of the drunkest night of the year was Over the Eight, a Williamsburg bar which closed up shop after “three and a half years” of “slinging cheap drinks and treasured times” (as we heard back in November when the owners first announced their departure).

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The Morbid Anatomy Museum Has Given Up the Ghost

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Sadly, the Morbid Anatomy Museum has shuffled off this mortal coil. The Gowanus museum dedicated to exploring “death, beauty and that which falls between the cracks” announced in an email that it has ceased operations after two and a half years. At least it left a beautiful corpse.

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Jerome’s Will Go Out With a Bang, Throws One Last Party Tonight

The crowd at Jerome's at last call during their final Saturday night featuring co-owner Omire Shellaf (top, center) and DJ's Prince Terrance and Nate Turbow (top, first and second from left) (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

The crowd at Jerome’s at last call during their final Saturday night featuring co-owner Omri S. Quire (top, center) and DJ’s Prince Terrance and Nate Turbow (top, first and second from left) (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

Another day, another watering hole that’s closing. This time it’s Jerome’s, the Lower East Side late-night staple just steps from the Williamsburg Bridge, which will be closing its doors for good tonight. Formerly known as St. Jerome’s, it was reincarnated into Rivington F&B in 2014, and was a favorite LES hangout for Lady Gaga.

After St. Jerome’s was revamped into Rivington F&B in March 2014 by Jonas Pelli, a former bartender and manager at St. Jerome’s, and his new partners in crime Omri S. Quire and Paul Seres of The DL, the bar expanded with a new backroom, a fresh cocktail list, and a food menu.

After the makeover, patrons who remembered and loved St. Jerome’s back from its down-and-dirty days were afraid the bar would become a bro-festered lounge, but for the most part Rivington F&B (still known as Jerome’s) managed to pay homage to its wilder roots. The laid-back vibes, a small dance floor in the back, and their rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic simply made the spot feel like a slightly posher version of the beaten-up dive bar it once was. The chalkboard doors in the front would sport homages to recently deceased music legends, including Bowie and Prince.

Artist Russel Murphy (center) playing pool with friends during the final Saturday night at Jerome's (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

Artist Russel Murphy (center) playing pool with friends during the final Saturday night at Jerome’s (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

While the owners wouldn’t explain exactly why they had to close – S. Quire simply said “it’s out of our control” – Bowery Boogie reported back in June that the space had apparently been bought by new owners who plan to turn it into something called the LES Junction, although there’s little information about the spot as of yet. The new owners Gavin Downie and Lynn McNeill submitted a liquor license request to the Community Board 3 for 155 Rivington back in May.

Pelli and S. Quire had a big blowout on Saturday night with DJs Prince Terrence and Nate Turbow to celebrate their last weekend at Jerome’s, as well as an “insane” Monday night party, which became a collaboration of their popular “Magic Monday” and “Dollhouse” parties. “We’ve let our DJs and employees each do their own send-off this week,” S. Quire explained.

The after-hours VIP crowd at Jerome's featuring co-owner Omri Shellaf (far left) (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

The after-hours VIP crowd at Jerome’s featuring co-owner Omri S. Quire (far left) (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

S. Quire wistfully said that in a way, it was fitting that they would have one last hurrah on a Wednesday. “We actually opened on a Wednesday with a party called Clubhouse Déjà Vu, which is a throwback to the old St. Jerome’s,” he said, explaining that the original Jerome’s used to be nicknamed “the clubhouse.”

Naturally, tonight’s party will carry that moniker, and feature DJs Marty E. and Ian Eldorado spinning tunes until 4am.

Nonetheless, it was clear that S. Quire and Pelli were sad to have to close down. “It’s hard to let go of anything to which you devote so much time and effort. We’ve got a lot of great memories, learned a lot and made many new friends and we hope that everyone else who’s been coming to the bar has gained as much as us,” S. Quire explained.

The crowd outside Jerome's after leaving the final Saturday night (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

The crowd outside Jerome’s after leaving the final Saturday night (Photo: Courtesy of Nick McManus)

But S. Quire and Pelli are Lower East Siders till the bitter end, and have been hatching some new ideas for ventures around the neighborhood. “We need to find the real estate first,” Pelli said.

One thing’s for sure though: they’re not moving to Brooklyn. “Brooklyn is not us,” Pelli said decisively.

Jerome’s at Rivington F&B, 115 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Street. Tonight, 5pm – 4am.

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RIP Palisades, Long Live the Palisades Replacement

(Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

(Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

Last week, the possibility that New York City music fans feared the most became a reality: the space at 906 Broadway that since April 2014 had been known as Palisades– the DIY venue with a bar, shows almost every night of the week ranging from punk to noise and underground hip-hop, and Ariel Bitran, the co-owner/booker with a heart of gold and ears that were open to even the littlest of bands– had a “For Rent” sign placed in its window.

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