Goodbye, Goodbye Blue Monday

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A freewheeling and free-admission Bushwick music venue will close at the end of March unless it can come up with several thousand bucks, according to an insider.

For nine years Goodbye Blue Monday refused to follow the tried-and-true business model for concert halls — booking bands that have fans and charging for admission — and now the business owes the city $7,000 in fines that it would have to pay off before being able to renew its business license. Management says it is ready to throw in the bar towel.

“To quote the man [Goodbye Blue Monday] was named after, ‘so it goes…” the venue wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday afternoon, referencing the author Kurt Vonnegut. “Goodbye Blue Monday is closing down at the end of the month unless we can find a buyer who wants to take over ownership before then.”

Numerous acts got their start in the club, including the indie sensation Vampire Weekend and the long-running Bushwick Book Club concert series, where bands perform songs inspired by a different work of literature each month.

The venue has long maintained an open-booking policy and refused to charge a cover, opting instead to host shows by bands of all genres and skill levels and pay them by passing a hat between sets.

Rent and bartenders get paid out of what the space makes on drink sales, but that is apparently not enough to cover the mounting costs of staying open. Even if the lounge comes up with the cash, it will still have to contend with a landlord who wants to at least double the rent when the lease runs out in two months, according to former owner and current booking agent Steve Trimboli.

“I’m devastated, but I also understand that it was a matter of time because of the way this neighborhood is exploding,” he said. “I knew that when the lease was up, it was not going to be good.”

Trimboli declined to say how much rent the venue currently pays.

Despite the doomsday prophecies, friends and neighbors are starting to rally to come up with funds. Nyssa Frank, who runs the Living Gallery across the street and rents from the same landlord, said she would be willing to throw a benefit event for Goodbye Blue Monday in her space.

“It is a totally unpretentious venue that has devoted itself to musicians who need a space,” said Frank. “It would be a tragedy to lose it.”

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Bodyslammin' Brents says:
What a cliché picture: Vinyl, Midwestern Molly, thick frames, Salvation Army bin jacket and of course.... kahfee.

Another failed hipster business soon to be replaced by another hipster business. Nothing new. Remember the good old days (approx. 15 years ago to beginning of time) when rents matched the community's residents and business owners means? Yeah hipsters ruined that. Not greedy landlords, but hipsters who naively handed over money. Idiots.

And to the nasally resident Brooklyn Paper yups who will try to inform me that the owner of this place was a "native" NYer. Yes I already knew that. We ain't all perfect - you dabble with the hipster, you fail with the hipster.

End of story.

L L A B!!!
March 14, 2014, 9:54 am
NYPD from NY says:
March 14, 2014, 10 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
What a cliché response. Whining about how people dress, smugness about a closing business, and nostalgia for a time when New York was worse.

End of story? Let us pray that it be so! Copying and pasting the story to every article doesn't make it any better.

I wish I had written a response as concise as NYPD from NY's, which is can't be quibbled with in its accuracy. But he's quicker than I am.
March 14, 2014, 10:59 am
diehipster from Bodyslammin' Brents says:
Ahhh Mitch from Wisconsinburg, let me open those eyes of yours behind your thick frames -

It is not I who copies and pastes; it is the Brooklyn Paper who focuses on two zipcodes and repeatedly posts stories of the same bland, tired, try-hard, hipster transients like yourself. Craft ale, coffee, artartartart, bacon, RINSE AND REPEAT.

Am I right or wrong?

So much happening in this borough and all these reporters and editors can manage to find on a daily basis is some Molly or Zane with thick frame glasses sitting in a record shop or faux-artisanal kale smoothie cafe? Really?


The power of diehipster compels you!
March 14, 2014, 11:17 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Yes, Jerome, there are other newspapers for other neighborhoods. They are even owned by the same company. From the main page, look on the right. There is a list titled "Sister Sites." Click Brooklyn Daily.

I can't help it that you're too dumb to read the right newspaper.
March 14, 2014, 11:25 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
To continue beating up on how dumb you are, I can understand your "But it says Brooklyn! It should cover all Brooklyn!" whine. But keep in mind that things can be called Brooklyn without covering every aspect of the borough. For example, the Brooklyn Nets pertain to only the professional basketball part of Brooklyn, but if you want to celebrate the Scandinavian heritage of Bay Ridge, you have to go to Vikingfest.

Have you written any nasty letters to your congressman whining that Manhattan Avenue doesn't even go to Manhattan yet?
March 14, 2014, 11:30 am
NYPD from NY says:
Mike from Williamsburg,

You can't talk sense to this idiot. His/her story is tired and old. Quite sad actually, to spend all your time complaining and allegedly "Bodyslammin' Brents". Yeah right, probably never mouthed off to anyone IRL, it's all internet tough guy.
March 14, 2014, 11:59 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
Had to adjust the settings on my monitor so that photo didn't snowblind me.

If you drew thick framed gentrification glasses on the cup, they could be twins.
March 14, 2014, 12:26 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
It's true. Brooklyn Paper does tend to be hipsto-centric. And for good reason. Hipsters are one of the main transformative forces in the borough. But there are plenty of other papers where you can find mooks doing the perp walk. Brooklyn Daily for example.
March 14, 2014, 12:40 pm
Nyssa from Everywhere says:

please let me know how one can be educated, like music, records, coffee and art without being a hipster. If loving the world and it's diversity, and helping support ALL musicians from brooklyn with no real monitory benifit is being a hipster then i am proud to say that Goodbye Blue Monday was a hipster establishment. The more you define hipster the more it seems like an unavoidable attribute to anyone who values art and education.
March 14, 2014, 12:52 pm
Geraeusch from BedStuy says:
Thanks Nyssa! That's what I was thinking too. If there is one establishment that is trying not to gentrify the neighborhood to death it's GBBM!
March 14, 2014, 1:45 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
diehipster - Do you honestly do nothing but sit on this site waiting for a new article to come out so you can be the first to comment? You complain about the non-working hipsters when you're obviously cut from the same cloth. You're a complete joke and I will gladly fight you.
March 14, 2014, 5:15 pm
bkdude64 says:
↑↑↑↑↑F all of you!! .↑↑↑↑↑
March 14, 2014, 5:20 pm
NYPD from NY says:
↑↑↑↑↑Look at this CHUMP bitin' my steez↑↑↑↑↑
March 14, 2014, 5:48 pm
Brooklyn from E. Flatbush says:
Um this paper is actually a joke because it doesn't even acknowledge 1/2 of the brooklyn communities. Cypress Hills, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands etc etc. You should be embarrassed to call yourself a Brooklyn paper. Enjoy the hipster battles…. I like GBM and hope it finds a new home.
March 14, 2014, 7:24 pm
bkdude64 says:
steez huh? thanks for the new hipster word :)
March 14, 2014, 9:01 pm
bkdude64 says:
Interloper, fight him physically or verbally?
March 14, 2014, 9:02 pm
Tony says:
Dead hipster, did your mother ever told you that you are an idiot?
March 14, 2014, 9:19 pm
Zero from Bushwick via Carrboro says:
So sad to hear a great open space for great music is going away- I'll always Remember my time at Goodbye Blue Monday and think of it fondly.
March 14, 2014, 9:59 pm
NYPD from NY says:
Steez isn't a hipster word, you CHUMP. Damn you dumb, son.
March 14, 2014, 11:11 pm
dee marie comedian from bushwick says:
I performed at the bar every thurs doimg comedy i will miss this place hope money will save it.i developed alot on that stage over the last beer great people great music afterwards.i will continue comedy in bushwick if it closes.anyone know a bar or venue looking for comedy let me know. Dee marie/ will be on the show this thurs 7pm sharp come donate and get some laughs
March 15, 2014, 5:45 pm
Ty from says:
GBM is such an open, welcoming, not-money-driven place. The owner had collected so much great stuff and you could just explore for hours and nobody would bug you. I've never found a venue I like more.
March 15, 2014, 6:01 pm
bkdude64 says:
NYPD, it sounds very hipsterish, man. Nothing that a wannabe cop would use. Nyuk nyuk nyuk. ya Putz!
March 15, 2014, 7:39 pm
bkdude64 says:
Yes, Nyssa is right. diehipster, Can you please put out some Clear-cut, well defined list on exactly what a hipster is. So i know exactly to direct my hate to. I mean i have some sort of idea. But it cant be everyone who is skinny with a beard now can it? And wtf is a kazzo voice. Come on Bro!!!
March 15, 2014, 7:44 pm
sigi from bush——inwick says:
How the hell did this turn into another hipster debate? —— em. Ya know, the scene has to first exist before money comes in to dilute it. This is a great, FREE, music venue in a neighborhood that will continue to become increasingly pricey. GBM tried to fight the tide. Hopefully they can stave off the waves for just a bit longer...
March 15, 2014, 8:14 pm
Miguel Valentine says:
Very sad to see people arguing or willing to let this place go. I am sure this place was very hipster (sarcasm) being that it's been around for 15 years longer then our current generation of hipsters. Lenny Bruce was once a hipster and admited it in his book "how to talk dirty and influence people" but at that time it meant you were aspiring to acquire knowledge that you wanted to be part of the intellectuals, perhaps even some sort of counter culture.

I think this place hold lots of value for musicians that do not run the cut of the mill, people on the rise. when most places will not book you if you do not get in a certain amount of people, of course you can lie but then be subject to have a set shorten, canceled or have the sound guy —— up your sound. Also most venues need a coaxing of emails with offers of brown nosery and blow jobs and you have to email them at least 10times before they allow you to coax and caress there phallic kingliness. Why?? cause every one is sold the dream that NY is the best place to be! but it's over populated with egos, talents and dismissive attitudes. Goodbye blue monday is one of the few places easy to book and friendly. you can do any thing there that you want. For a city that has the history of No wave and punk funny how free form is not a form any more.

I hope goodbye blue monday stays or I may have to ban NY altogether.
March 16, 2014, 12:47 am
NYPD from NY says:
bkdude64 = textbook definition of a dullard.

He's gonna have to google that one, but probably still uses yahoo.
March 16, 2014, 12:17 pm
Lex from Greenpoint says:
I really hope GBBM finds some financial help to stick around, really wonderful venue and business model, as a musician who played and saw many shows there I'd be really bummed to see it go...
March 16, 2014, 9:01 pm
Dan from Bed-Stuy says:
It's still open - go support while you can. Hear a band for the first time!
March 16, 2014, 9:24 pm
dick johnson from ridgewood says:
ok clearly diehipster is a troll who gets his kicks inciting internet emotions while eating hot-n-readys in his mom's basement. if goodbye blue monday really goes down the tubes, that would suck ass. there's still time to raise the money to save it! i hope john varvatos doesn't open another store there
March 16, 2014, 10:59 pm
Joe Black from Brooklyn says:
I actually saw a grown man rockin a 'Brooklyn Strong' t-shirt walkin around Bay Ridge. Must be one of diehipster's boyfriends
March 17, 2014, 11:38 am
NYPD from NY says:
Hey Joe Black, You are quite wrong to assume diehipster has ANY friends.
March 17, 2014, 12:38 pm
Roberta Sutton from Bushwick says:
There is a fundraising campaign going on to save Goodbye Blue Monday ( and and event on Thursday, March 23 at 8:00pm (
March 17, 2014, 3:18 pm
Roberta Sutton from Bushwick says:
P.S. The owner, Steve Trimboli, has been "bartending, managing or owning some of the most influential venues in the city’s underground music scene" for 44 years.

March 17, 2014, 3:23 pm
NaNa from Bedford-Stuyvesant says:
I am born and raised in Brooklyn and have been living in Bedstuy since I was 16 yrs old, now 38. I am a performance artist and musician. And for 6 yrs I've travelled most of north and south america, europe and asia experiencing a ton of venues. But GBM is the one that stands out. I've worked stupid hard for the lifestyle I wanted for myself. Call it whatever you'd like, with all of your narrow sighted information due to a lack of real physical experience and not being able to understand true goodness of any one thing... in the end it really doesn't matter what you or I think;
we have no control over this matter. What does matter is the fact that GBM is a special place for the arts, unlike any other. Anyone who is anyone that wanted to perform, could. An open door policy, no cover, no hassle. Just art. A comfortable, unpretentious place to meet, share and exchange expression. Whether you blame the 'hipsters' or blame the money-hungry landlords... who gives a sh*t? The social-cultural fads drive economy and belief, so it's easy not to think for yourself. So instead of believing everything you read and what people tell you, find out for yourself. Try doing it with an open mind, you might feel something for once. If GBM is saved, it will never be the same. But I must say, I am proud to have been part of it in it's glory. Thanks to Steve Trimboli for creating a space worthwhile!
March 17, 2014, 11:56 pm
whiteshoes from bed stuy says:
Have had the pleasure of disgracing the stage at gbbm on a couple of occasions and enjoyed myself thoroughly...great bar. It's not over yet, show your support now.
March 18, 2014, 12:54 am
Zak from Bushwick says:
The best bar and performance space there is… sorry for the negative people. If you were here tonight you would know what I mean. :)
March 20, 2014, 11:19 pm
Si Po from Bushwick4Life says:
Can't believe it actually happened. Seems like without warning this time? Triple the rent? If that's the case, I guess it was time for the Goodbye Blue Monday to move on. I just keep reading the blogsphere about it. This dude's approach at Travel Right Sing seems to have it the money on this inevitable tragedy:
Dec. 2, 2014, 3:36 am

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