It’s incredibly hard to run a small business anywhere, but especially in NYC. There is a lot of competition. The transit to and from your location isn’t always reliable. Rent is incredibly high. Landlords are content to cut corners and meet bare minimum requirements rather than properly maintain their properties. The city regulations and its agencies are merciless and constant. There is a reason that rows of commercial districts are filled with For Lease signs and empty storefronts in every borough. Williamsburg in particular has become a high end strip mall where Cameo, Death By Audio, Glasslands, and Trash Bar used to regularly host local artists and musicians on a nightly basis.
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Footlight has been a dream come true for the staff and the artists that make Footlight their home, but especially for owner and operator Laura Regan, who has long dreamed of having a space like Footlight to share with the community and provide a platform for emerging art and music. We feel this video embodies that love and drive to create Footlight and keep it going.