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Timeless Nights: a walking tour of famous past nightclubs
Timeless Nights: a walking tour of famous past nightclubs Description:

Take this tour to relive the sites of clubs and the nights of parties so timely they were timeless. From exposing the economic machinations of the culturally ubiquitous Studio 54 to the story of a sleazy but influential club in Queens that inspired Saturday Night Fever, this tour will enlighten a side of night world that is usually...

Timeless Nights: a walking tour of famous past nightclubs Description:

Take this tour to relive the sites of clubs and the nights of parties so timely they were timeless. From exposing the economic machinations of the culturally ubiquitous Studio 54 to the story of a sleazy but influential club in Queens that inspired Saturday Night Fever, this tour will enlighten a side of night world that is usually kept dark. While most of the clubs are now defunct and the sites now live as luxury condominiums and grocery stores, perhaps more than any other record of culture, the sites of old clubs speak volumes because their sizes speak to the kinds of music and visuals that thrived there, from the dark and cavernous spots of proto-house scene in the 1980s to the small and boutiquey spaces of the art-club fusion scene. But it is a testament to their effectiveness that we cannot see any of these spaces through the eyes of a Warhol or a Madonna. Nightclubs respond to changes in culture and fashion faster and with less subtlty than any other type of institution. The average lifespan of a club, therefore, is no longer than a single issue of a glossy magazine. Culture's most vulnerable institutions, it is easy to see clubs as victims--of the fickle public, of AIDS, of the aggressive wars Juiliani waged against them. Their safety is most at risk at the height of their popularity. Take the tour at night and in the fashion of your own time to experience a world that tries opening after opening to do the impossible: to transcend time and make each night last forever.

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Neighborhood:Chelsea
Details:
duration:All Night long
starting point:Studio 54 Theater
price:Free
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