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Holy Headache! Finding Limelight's Next Act

About a dozen congregants meandered about the former Episcopal Church Episcopal Church, Anglican church of the United States. Its separate existence as an American ecclesiastical body with its own episcopate began in 1789. Doctrine and Organization
 of the Holy Communion at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 20th Street on Sunday evening to the thumping tune of a strange but convivial con·viv·i·al  
adj.
1. Fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable. See Synonyms at social.

2. Merry; festive: a convivial atmosphere at the reunion.
 hymnal.

“These sounds fall into my mind,” went the familiar refrain. It was the Bucketheads’ smash 1994 dance hit “The Bomb.”

DJ Lui Rivero was up onstage, manning the turntables in a black baseball cap and graying goatee, behind a large sparkly spark·ly  
adj. spark·li·er, spark·li·est
1.
a. Giving off tiny flashes of light; glittery: a dress with sparkly sequins.

b.
 painting of Marilyn Monroe. To his right, a man in a blue hoodie hoodie hood n (top) → sweat m à capuche;
(youth) → jeune m à capuche 
 was sifting through a pile of bright red shoeboxes.

“I remember being here back in the ’80s,” Mr. Rivero said. “I used to do sets up there,” he noted, pointing to the old DJ booth hovering above the de-consecrated church’s front entrance.

Back then, the ancient 12,000-square-foot Gothic Revival Gothic revival, term designating a return to the building styles of the Middle Ages. Although the Gothic revival was practiced throughout Europe, it attained its greatest importance in the United States and England. –style brownstone brownstone, red to brown variety of sandstone. Its unusual color is caused in some instances by the presence of red iron oxide which acts as a cement, binding the sand grains together. , built between 1844 and 1853, was a bona fide [Latin, In good faith.] Honest; genuine; actual; authentic; acting without the intention of defrauding.

A bona fide purchaser is one who purchases property for a valuable consideration that is inducement for entering into a contract and without suspicion of being
 nightspot—legendary party impresario Peter Gatien Peter Gatien (born August 8, 1952, in Cornwall, Ontario) was the owner of several of New York nightclubs, including the The Limelight, Palladium (club), Club USA, and Tunnel (New York nightclub). Early life
Gatien was born in Cornwall, Ontario, the third of five brothers.
’s infamous Limelight, perhaps the most popular dance club in the entire city at that time—serving up stiff drinks and an even stiffer dose of debauchery Debauchery
See also Dissipation, Profligacy.

Debt (See BANKRUPTCY, POVERTY.)

Alexander VI

Borgia pope infamous for licentiousness and debauchery. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 219–220]

Bacchus

(Gk.
.

Opened in 1983, the club attracted all sorts of celebrities, including Burt Reynolds and Eddie Murphy, but became more commonly associated with its outlandishly costumed and chemically fueled club kids—most notably, flashy party promoter Michael Alig, who later went to prison for the murder of a fellow Limelight regular and reputed drug dealer.

The club was repeatedly closed by police, and after years of sparring with the Giuliani administration, Mr. Gatien ultimately gave it up. It later reopened under new management and various new monikers, including Estate and Avalon, before shutting its doors for good in 2007

Landlord Ben Ashkenazy has been wrangling with what to do with the iconic, asymmetrical Richard Upjohn–designed landmark ever since.

For the past two years, the building sat empty, until fashion retailer Jack Menashe, operator of the trendy Lounge boutique at 593 Broadway in Soho, lost his lease to a forthcoming Victoria Secret store and needed a place to unload leftover inventory. (Mr. Menashe recently relocated the rest of the business to Miami.)

Currently, albeit only temporarily, the place is filled with pop artworks, mirrors, plush furniture and racks of purportedly discounted, yet still steeply priced, designer apparel—French-made swim trunks emblazoned with skulls and marijuana leaves, originally $415, now just $200!



THE STEADY SUPPLY of nostalgia, however, remains its biggest draw.

“When we first opened, everyone came in just reminiscing—Limelight, Limelight, Limelight,” said Aaron Jones, an assistant manager at the makeshift store, dressed in a knit cap and a camouflage jacket. “But lately, business has been picking up.”

Even the affable manager wasn’t sure how long the pop-up store would remain in the old nightclub space. (He referred further questions to the store owner, Mr. Menashe, who did not respond to emails or phone calls.) Next Page >
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Author:Chris Shott
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Date:Feb 25, 2009
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