Six years later inRentz was hired to design an addition to the building, occupying the site of East 11th Street and designed in the Renaissance Revival style using the same materials as the original building.
The people that run the place and draw the crowds have to be magnetic, colorful, and professional enough that you'll want to go to their events more than once -- and they should considerably add to the party, not just sit at their registers, counting the cash. Here are some of the more memorable impresarios from the olden days of NYC nightlife: The doorman was a snoot, but Rubell loved press, so he'd spot me in the outdoor throng, pull me in, and tell me which superstars were scheduled to show up that night.
Rubell also co-owned the '80s megaclub the Palladium, by which point he was still spunky, but in a somewhat mellower tone, having been through ups and downs and prison for tax evasion. He died of AIDS inleaving a legacy of good-time thump-thumping.
Eric Goode with Madonna. Eric was always a lanky charmer, who seemed a little out of place in such a wild and woolly venue, but he brought heart and soul to it, going on to create B Bar and take over Bowery Hotel.
He's currently working his magic in Brazil. He made his fortune on Wall Street and he went on to use it by opening the Roxy, co-owning the Palladium, and partnering on the Gramercy Park Hotel.
Greenberg also owned the rooftop at Fifth Avenue, where he threw a lavish party for me, hosted by Joan Rivers and Michael Urie.
Greenberg pulled all the stops out with the booze and food, longing to play host to a bohemia-filled soiree that brought together different cultures -- and we truly delivered for him. He died in and decreed in his will that money from Fifth should be funneled to NYC hospitals.
They cite the club's "stairway to heaven," the "sexy and subversive music" by DJs like Howard Merritt and Richie Rivera, and the theme parties, which foreshadowed gay circuit events. Fesco currently does "sea teas," taking his act to the river. Their style was kitschy and their approach was freewheeling as they brought on future stars like RuPaul and themselves to entertain the drunken masses.
With his easygoing manner and drawl, Bradley hid a real lust for performance, as he encouraged players like John Kelly and Ethyl Eichelberger and booked John Jesurun's weekly serial Chang in a Void Moon. According to Iris Rose's history of the club, Bradley was getting hooked on drugs as time went on, and some of the Pyramid's performers were even getting paid in coke!
Around Pride of '91, John Blair started bringing in swarms of shirtless gym bunnies, and that made the mix even more eye popping. Lee always dressed up extravagantly and had the manners to match.
He's gone on to many other venues and events, like the Drip pool party at the Grace Hotel, a real splash, which won the Glam award for Best Event in He makes nightlife grand. I'll let him tell you a capsule version of his nightlife credits, since they span the sweep of several decades of frolic: I re-opened Le Jardin as Jouissance in September I gave John Blair his start there, among others.
In October of '80, we were hit with a tax evasion lawsuit from Infinity.
This came from Steve and Ian, who were already in jail for the same reason from Studio. Maurice and another partner from Infinity, but not Underground, went to jail for several years and I sold my interest at Underground and filed back taxes.
It opened two weeks after Area, but we were able to get an amazing crowd that loved to dance because of our wonderful dance show. Andy Warhol loved it there and had a private Halloween party there for his entire Factory staff and a few friends.
Don Hill was the manager. I remained there for almost three years and at the same time started teaching at risk and homeless kids. In '86, after Maurice came out of jail and took over Underground again, he threw out his partners there and asked me to return to help him run it, which I did.
I also went to law school at the same time. Maurice and I opened Peace, where Life opened a few years later.
My last nightclub was Magnum in Soho It was an A-list lounge. I stayed for a year until I decided that my other work with homeless kids was more important.Studio 54 is a former nightclub and currently a Broadway theatre, located at West 54th Street, between Eighth Avenue and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, New York attheheels.com building, originally built as the Gallo Opera House, opened in , after which it changed names several times, eventually becoming CBS radio and television Studio In the late s, at the peak of the disco dancing.
Illuminating documentary profiling the legendary nightclub, from Matt Tyrnauer. An essential part of New York's cultural history, legendary nightclub Studio 54 has been profiled in various books, documentaries and a film starring Mike Myers as late founder Steve Rubell.
Studio 54 is a shadow of its former self. What is now a Broadway theater used to be the emblematic hot spot of ‘70s disco nightlife. Then a nightclub, Studio 54 opened its doors to A-list stars like Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Cher, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and so many more.
Studio 54 is immensely interesting just in terms of a sociological perspective. It peaked just about a decade after the Summer of Love – how far the Baby Boomers had come since their anti-materialist, hippie days! Their trademark hedonism was still intact, but the values (or complete lack thereof) had shifted degrees from Woodstock.
The moment that catapulted Studio 54 into the history books: Bianca Jagger riding a white horse across the dance floor for her 30th birthday. (Photo: Getty Images) The opening of Studio came during the years between the legalisation of the birth control pill and the genesis of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
In Steve Rubell and Ian Shrager bought a disused theatre on W. 54th St, New York, and turned it into the world's most famous nightclub, Studio Here's why it became so famous.