After many years in Chelsea, this improv and sketch theater moved crosstown to a dramatic East Side location with a warm main stage proscenium, a black box in the basement and an inviting bar. Cheap shows and free jams keep the crowds young and lively. But on February 19, it announced on Instagram that it is vacating its main location on East 24th Street (Striker theater and PIT Underground): "It's been over 11 months that we have been shut down and eventually we have to surrender to survive," the statement from owner Ali Farahnakian read. "So we are in the process of surrendering the space."
New Yorkers are resilient and rugged as all hell, but that doesn't mean it didn't sting when some of our favorite stores and boutiques and restaurants and bars closed in 2020 and 2021. Losing iconic venues like historic speakeasies, beloved improv theaters, century-old department stores and mom-and-pop neighborhood hangouts meant that NYC lost a little bit of its magic in the last year. But, if there's anything we know well, is that no city is better at bouncing back than good ol' Gotham. Until then, we'll be pouring one out for these much-missed NY institutions.