WHAT NOW ROSELAND
By Lilyan Bell, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – West Side Office and Music Connoisseur
Five years shy of its 100th anniversary, Roseland Ballroom closed its doors this month reportedly due to the massive costs for extensive structural repairs in order to be up to code by the NYC Dept of Buildings. The popular concert venue has been a New York institution since it opened its doors to the city in 1919, and has reinvented itself more than Madonna to keep up with changing fashions.
I was grateful I was able to see the last show by Lady Gaga giving the hallowed halls its proper send off, but the important question is now raised….what will become of Roseland?
For historical perspective, here are some top historic music venues from years ago in a special “Where Are They Now” Compilation in honor of Roseland.
The Limelight - 47 West 20th Street
This was a pretty good place to get lost in more ways than one! . I remember the wild dance parties held here. This dance club was open and closed a few times but was home to amazing techno, punk, gothic…I mean, Lords of Acid played here!
STATUS: Currently Retail - Limelight Retail Mall
The Palladium - 126 East 14th Street
I just remember the black and white square steps that lit up and the eccentric one of a kind vibe. This started out as a concert hall where Devo played (the front cover of London Calling by the Clash was shot there). I remember being on MTV there! Sundays were the days!
STATUS: Currently Demolished - New York University purchased the land and built a 12-story residence hall retaining the name Palladium
CBGB’s -315 Bowery at Bleecker Street
Founded in 1973, this graffiti ,edgy, dive was “The Spot”. No need to say anymore than the Ramones or Blondie??
STATUS: Currently Retail - High end men’s clothes store John Varitaris. Roomer has it the graffiti covering the bathrooms has been preserved. Don’t think I won’t go there to check it out!
The Pyramid Club -101 Avenue A
Opened in 1979, this nightclub helped define the East Village scene of the 1980s. The struggling artists, actors, and musicians who lived in the East Village in the late 70s and early 80s created their own scene. They took over The Pyramid, an undistinguished club on a desolate block.
Andy Warhol and Debby Harry even dropped in to do a feature on the club for MTV years ago. Madonna was a past performer there as well as both Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first New York City concerts there.
STATUS: Currently Still There - still going strong but the area has changed dramitically, for the better.
Showman’s – West 125th St/Lenox
A standing legend this Jazz Club is now on market for $6M. I’m hoping it will remain the intimate Jazz club it always was. If it is still open showcasing talent, you need to check it out before it gets sold.. This jazz club showcased the legendary top musicians such as Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey,
Eartha Kitt, Danny Mixon and Ray Blue just to name a few. If you like jazz you have to visit before this becomes a memory.
STATUS: Currently Still There – However, currently on the market
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