I found this article from the New York Times very interesting about the Steinway Store moving.
The little room where Rachmaninoff practiced, the famous basement where up-and-coming virtuosos catnapped under the pianos, the palatial rotunda conceived by the architecture firm that designed Grand Central Terminal — Steinway & Sons is saying goodbye to all that and moving to a corner of a 1970s office building 14 blocks away.
Steinway sold its 1920s building on West 57th Street in 2012, with a deadline to leave by the end of December. Executives of the piano company are now close to signing a 15-year lease for 40,000 square feet of space at 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at West 43rd Street.
We didn’t know it at the time but when my son, Michael, and I practiced there in August, we were the last people to use their practice rooms.
When we play Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart arranged for 2 pianos November 30, we will be the last people to play in the old Steinway Hall.