Another Rent Casualty

After 15 years at 19 Warren, the kids’ music studio Hands On! is closing. The landlord, possibly clueless about the epidemic of empty storefronts, tripled the rent. Rather than look for another space in the area, owners Samari and Len Weinberg sound like they’re going to focus on their Upper West Side location. (Thanks to A. for the tip.)



  1. Will be sad to see them go. My kids have enjoyed the music and art there for years…

  2. Too bad! Their programming is really great for the baby-to-preschool set. My daughter loved their classes.

  3. They broke the news at their Saturday classes. Sad; our little boy loves it there. I expect it will languish vacant for some time along with all the empty storefronts in our once vibrant neighborhood…

  4. Landlords really need to realize these business cannot exist with such high rent constraints. Not only that but this business is not just any retailer but a specialty shop that added so much to our community. Hands On is a very special place where children are exposed to all forms of music at a young age and I know it helped foster a love of music for my kids. I am so disappointed they are being forced out!

  5. The tenant cannot pay super high rents as the traffic does not warrant the rates being charged. This type of business has limitations.

  6. We are devastated they’re closing. Hands On has been such a highlight of my son’s early years, and there’s nothing else like it. Such a loss for Tribeca. As they sing in class: ‘It’s time to say goodbye… It’s time to say goodbye… All boys and girls and everyone say goodbye.’