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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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Jazz Age Tea Dance

General Admission for One $50 via Gilt City voucher

Includes

  • General admission for one to Jazz Age Tea Dance on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Webster Hall from 3–7 PM
  • Tea service
  • Cash bar and light fare available for purchase at food cart promenade
  • What we love

    • This annual summer celebration on Governors Island gets a wintry twist for the first time on December 13.
    • The Jazz Age Tea Dance will take over the Grand Ballroom of Webster Hall for an afternoon of tea, Foxtrot and more.
    • Sip a wide spread of both traditional and exotic teas, or pick up tea sandwiches from the food cart promenade. There’s also a full cash bar, if you’re looking for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
    • After a dance lesson, you’re sure to spend the rest of the day kicking your heels up to the tune of Michael Aranella and his Dreamland Orchestra.

    What to know

    • Redeem on: Sunday, December 13, 2015
    • This offer is subject to Terms and Conditions
    • Must be 21 or over to attend and consume alcohol; valid government ID required
    • Purchaser names entered at check out will be provided to vendor for fulfillment purposes
    • Offer is final sale, non-transferable and non-refundable
    • Offer cannot be combined with other offers and promotions
    • Gilt City vouchers may not be combined for multiple services
    • If purchasing as a gift and need to change name of attendee, please call Gilt City Customer Service (877) 280-0541 within 72 hours of event to change name on guest list
    • Voucher is redeemable only at the event; after the event date, the voucher expires and has no redeemable value
    • Where:
      125 East 11th Street

      New York, NY 10003

      Selected by The New York Times as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012, the Jazz Age Lawn Party has become a quintessential summer experience in New York City. This December, the party returns a few months early to warm our spirits with the first-ever Jazz Age Tea Dance. Taking place at historic Webster Hall, the event features live music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, as well as other magical acts. Enjoy a spread of exotic teas, or head to the cash bar for something stronger. There will also be traditional finger sandwiches and other bites on hand. Hit the ballroom floor for a dance lesson, than twirl, Foxtrot and swing the winter afternoon away.

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The East Ville Des Folies 2014 Beer & Whiskey Festival event at Webster Hall, Saturday, Jan. 18th, from 2:30 pm to 5:30pm, is reportedly, the  “second annual prohibition themed tasting event”.  From the website:

4 floors of rare Whiskeys and Beers
Location: Webster Hall

Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Time: VIP Session $55: 1:30-2:30 PM
*Early preview tasting.
Exclusive tastings of limited, hard to find editions of brands*

GA Session $45: 2:30-5:30 PM

Dress: 1920s-inspired clothing or cocktail attire

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An added attraction will be a sort of pop-up speakeasy and themed photo booth opportunity within the event.  “For a truly immersive experience, step inside the exclusive Speakeasy presented by The Irishman Whiskey in the studio of Webster Hall. Amidst old records and posters from the Prohibition Era, our experienced mixologists will be mixing speciality Irishman cocktails. There will also be a unique photo booth experience. You will have the opportunity to print, share, or email your photos right on the spot.”

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