The Living Room

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The Living Room
"Showcasing New York City’s singer/songwriter,
alt-country, and rock"
Location 134 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Owner Steve Rosenthal and Jennifer Gilson
Type Music venue
Genre(s) acoustic rock, alternative rock, Alternative country, electronic, folk, indie, rock
Capacity 180
Opened 1988
Closed The Living Room moved to 134 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

The Living Room is a music venue on Metropolitan Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, which was originally established on Stanton Street of the Lower East Side in New York City in New York City in 1988.[1] The Living Room is co-owned by Steve Rosenthal and Jennifer Gilson. The Living Room has showcased some of the best of New York City’s singer/songwriter, alt-country, and rock. The Living Room moved to 134 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn in 2015.[2]

Norah Jones performed at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Living Room.

This music venue has been called "an incubator of talent,"[3] and has been described as "a much mellower and tidier successor to CBGB."[3] Some consider The Living Room as The Bottom Line of the "small bankroll" live rock venues.[4] Other comparable venues include The Saint in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and The Cellar Door in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.. The Living Room's line up features four or five singer-songwriters a night, yet the club does not typically charge a cover.[4] It does have a one drink minimum and a recommended $5 donation for the bands.[5]

Some of The Living Room's sessions are recorded. In 2002 a CD, "The Living Room - Live in NYC - Vol.1", (Stanton St.Records) featuring live recordings from The Living Room was released. The CD included performances by Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, Malcolm Holcombe, Rachel Loshak, and Chris Moore.[6]

The Living Room's patrons and performers have been characterized as a "close-knit family..."[3] Those who have performed there include Joseph Arthur, Colbie Caillat, Minnie Driver, David Ford, Jesse Harris, Beatie Wolfe, Ari Hest, Norah Jones, Jesse Malin, Madeleine Peyroux, Jason Reeves, Ron Sexsmith, The Little Willies, Ane Brun, The Shells, Chris Thile, and Martha Wainwright.[7][8][9]

Kemp Muhl and Eden Rice Performing at The living Room

Additionally, the Living Room has a smaller more intimate upstairs area known as "Googies Lounge". There are live artists performing every night of the week.[10]


Gilson, who is married to Rosenthal, first opened the Living Room in a former fried chicken joint a few blocks from the current location. In 2003 the club moved from Stanton Street to its second location on Ludlow Street, which had a main music room, front bar area, and upstairs lounge.[8]


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  3. ^ a b c [1] Chinen, N. (2008, April 2). Ms. Jones and Guitar in the Spirit of the Place. The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Sisario, B. (2007, December 14). Live rock on a small bankroll. New York Times, p. E1.
  5. ^ [2] Living Room's Official Web Site
  6. ^ Bessman, J. (2003, March 15). Words & Music: The Big Winner. Billboard, p. 36.
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  9. ^ Pull up a seat at the new Living Room site 2009-05-20
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