In electronic music’s short existence, there are some truly iconic addresses: Frankie Knuckles Way, Chicago, Illinois – named after the Godfather of House. The corner of Clerkenwell Rd & Turnmill Street, Islington, London – the site of Turnmills. Or 254 West 54th Street, New York – home of the infamous disco retreat, Studio 54. The foundations of our scene are etched into the geography of these locations.
So it is with great sadness that we came to learn the fate of 84 King Street, New York – the home of Paradise Garage. The NYC Department of Buildings has issued a demolition notice, pictured, truly drawing the curtains on the end of an era.
The club closed its doors in 1987 after a ten-year run which saw resident DJ Larry Levan ascend to legendary status, become the first legitimate superstar DJ in the process. At the time, the scene was still predominantly gay, black and Hispanic – it was truly a safe haven for marginalised communities. Levan became a cult-figure and a poster-boy for the sound he helped shaped. A symbol of hedonism, the Garage was so influential that it not only leant its name to a sub-genre which disco morphed into, but it continues to inspire to this day: where do you think Jamie Jones chose the name of his party series from?
All good things must come to an end – but as always, the music will love on.