If you didn’t want to deal with the carnival or Steve Rubels special selection process at Studio54 this was one of the alternative discos that I had the pleasure of hanging out at and loved the fact that it was in the heart of Times Square New York.
Does anyone remember the giant male & female statues of liberty blowups that came out of the ceiling complete with genitals? I remember seeing Sharron Redd perform her hits “Can you handle it” and “Gotta beat the Streets” and doing the ‘Smurf’ dance or
Webo’tripping on a purple micro dot (mescaline) until daybreak. It was the weirdest thing to come out of a club in the morning hours energized and ready for the world.
There was two more discos that were of equal measure Xenon and La Vidicus but I never made it to those clubs before they closed down. Stay tuned y’all club heads I got more for you to enjoy. This flyer now resides in the Smithsonian Museum’s collection of American Culture. RedSaid
This was a Franky Crocker produced event probably held in 1985-86 if I remember correctly.
During this time Hip Hop was at its peak and the Roxy wasn’t the only club where you could dance to the beats.The Fun House was still rocking and there was smaller places that hosted Rap artist.
Sometimes the club would switch up and cater to the adults(over 21) with events like this one.
This ad came from some magazine but don’t quote me on this one I think it was early Paper Magazine and this is one of the smaller clubs that was rockin the Hip Hop with live acts.I remember when I had turned some friends on to New York(Kelly & Paula, shout!!)and they branched off from the Roxy croud to explore new scenes this is one of the places they went to also the Rooftop in the boogie down Bronx or The Latin Quarter in Times Square which by the way was owned by Barbara Walters father. I just thought someone might want to know that for some reason.
This was the commercial beginning of Hip Hop culture in New York City.What I remember about this event was all the B-Boy & B-Girl crews were there as well as the hottest grafitti artist in New York at the time.The break dance circle was in the back of the club just to the left of the stage.Anybody who was down with the scene gatherd around the circle and watched as the Rock Steady Crew,N.Y.C Breakers and more do their amazing moves all the way live. RedSaid
This was my map that I used when I was discovering New York City back in 1979. It is complete with a grid on top that I created to find the quickest route to get from one place to another by walking or subway if I could afford it.
I also used this map to coordinate a time place and location where I would meet my friends. Most of the time it was Washington Square Park in the west village. That was the simplest and,the most popular. But only if you were of a certain type;artsy I’ll say and, certainly not homophobic!
Notice the area of green and the yellow colored in to indicate something?
If you look carefully you will see some of the hottest clubs listed all of which are defunct institutions now. As far as the New York night life is concerned I personally think the music (dance) has left New York and flew south forever to Miami South Beach.
Ever since my problem started in 2006 [spinal disc degeneration] I cannot dance or travel like I use to do so one only has their memory & experience to fall back on.
The days of pure dancing the night away (without heavy drug use.) and forgetting about all your troubles seems like a lost art.I think dancing is so important to all cultures even if you dance to a different drum beat.
And we need to remember that it is a real celebration of life! Thats why my friend Keith Haring painted about it in his art and lived it during his lifetime. I just read a reprint of the K.H. Journals and Robert Farris Thompson breaks it [it meaning the paintings.] down to it’s simplest understanding and it’s raw direct emotion towards post modern (museum quality) art.
I’m so glad I have a knack for saving and documenting shit because I have my whole life captured in some form or fashion. All kinda mapped out except for life’s general surprises that take you on a personal internal Journey.