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From Spoiled NYC:

The Sound of Silence: A Tribute To Webster Hall

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For 131 years, Webster Hall has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts. Today it closes its doors– at least until it reopens under new ownership, sold in a deal worth an estimated $35 million.

The space, with a maximum capacity of 2,500 people, served as a nightclub, concert venue, corporate events space, and recording studio.

It will reopen in either 2019 or 2020 as the newly christened Spectrum Hall, its space restricted to concerts and sporting events.

I received the phone call in early May. A friend of mine told me management had served all Webster Hall employees with termination notices.

True, it had been a couple of years since I’d set foot in the venue, but a part of me heaved a pained sigh for yet another victim of the city’s changing landscape, for the many dances I’d shared with fellow miscreants who streamed into the place, their wrists ablaze with the shades of kandi bracelets and multi-colored fluffies.

I remembered the faces of the girls I kissed as vividly as I recalled those of the men I kissed– or shyly didn’t kiss. I recoiled at the memory of the crappy wage I made at the time, of the overpriced drinks, the even more overpriced water bottles, a precious commodity in a space that scorched with summer heat even in midwinter.

The people I met there ran the gamut, from frat bros with cockeyed grins, to scene kids with more gumption than me, roadsters who surveyed groups of three or more, code switching and peddling ketamine all the while.

Mirrored behavior existed on the far more spacious dance floor at Amazura Concert Hall in Queens or the even more cramped Electric Warehouse in Brooklyn, and the East Village had long given way to millennial kink, this host of music, bodies, motion, and silent exchanges in bathroom stalls.

“Webster had that old-time New York grunge that made you feel like you were part of the 19th century, in the sense that “fun” could easily involve trying to locate your stolen purse/phone,” says Michael Yates, formerly of Harlem and now living in Los Angeles.

“I’ll miss it. I’m sure the new version of the inside will look fantastic and modern and have a pleasant aroma. Old style Webster Hall was my first immersion into NYC’s EDM scene at the time. It was a place that was magical in the dark, probably because it would look awful when illuminated by sunlight.”

websterhall Having our friend @Halsey visit for an intimate show in the The Studio at Webster Hall tonight before we close for renovations in August. Stay tuned for more surprise shows leading up till then!

The venue, Yates continues, is a “perfect example” of New York City’s infrastructure.

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from Bowery Boogie:

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 at 5:00 am by

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Suit up for more nightlife on Doyers.

The photo above seems the likely inspiration behind the forthcoming nightclub of same on Doyers Street. Chinese Tuxedo was as advertised, a tuxedo shop across the street from the imposter. Note the Third Avenue El off to the side, casting shadows onto the corner of Doyers and the Bowery. (There’s a Chase bank branch there today.)

The return of the moniker is a bit more controversial. A defanged Chinese Tuxedo bar-restaurant is pegged for a nebulous November debut at 5 Doyers Street. And there is a teaser website.

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You’ll recall that the Chinatown community is none too pleased with this newest nightlife entrant. And with good reason. Lack of trust. Buckingham and Lam tried to get one over the neighborhood in April 2015 by going directly to the State Liquor Authority for beer-wine without informing Community Board 3. This after the advisory body had already denied full liquor outright. (The strategy being that full OP could follow after getting the gateway license.) However, CB3 would ultimately approve the slimmed-down version of same; the binding stipulations reportedly call for no upgrade to liquor for 18 months.

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It’s worth mentioning that there were also rumors back in January that ownership was looking to sell the business altogether. Gives you an idea of the potential stability.

Here’s another peek inside. Chinese Tuxedo opens next month.

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