What Happened To New York Nightclubs?

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For the past few evenings, I've been scouring YouTube for stuff from the good ol' days in and around New York City. I grew up around the area and can remember when every other commercial on Hot97 was for a nightclub, either in the city itself, on Long Island, or in New Jersey somewhere. There were tons and tons of clubs and I frequented many of them. This is during the late 80s to early 90s. Dance music was the thing and people couldn't get enough of going out. Let's just say that times were great. I miss those days so much.

Here, check this out. If you're not from the tri-state area, you're in for a treat. We had some of the best radio and DJs around, from KTU to Hot97 to Z100 to WPLJ. I can remember passing people on the highway (684), watching them as they'd be bee-bopping their heads up and down to whatever they were listening to on the radio.


I can remember going to Polo's in Brewster, NY, north of NYC. And then it turned into Soho's and Streets North. I also went to Streets in New Rochelle and the Ivy in Greenwich, CT. When I was much younger, I went to Images in Brewster. That was a teen club in the attic of the Barn Mall, if anyone remembers that. There were tons of clubs all around. They're all closed. Even Tuxedo Junction in Danbury, CT is closed. But even more astounding is the closure of so many of the larger clubs down closer to the city. Clubs like the Palladium in NYC, Hunka Bunka in Sayreville, New Jersey, the Roseland Ballroom in NYC, the Limelight in NYC, CBGB in NYC, and the Tunnel in NYC. Still open is Webster Hall down on East 11th Street, but how long will that remain? Who knows.

There are so many things that factor into their closings and the general decay of good music around the world. My problem is, I can't figure out which factor came first or if everything occurred at the same time. Did music begin to suck and there was nothing to inspire people to go out? Did rents rise so much that clubs had to close, which sucked the life out of music because no one had anywhere to put on a live act? Did people just not buy music anymore because they weren't into it? Did Napster kill the music scene? I even read that Mayor Giuliani put a damper on things because he had the cops crack down on underage drinking. I don't know what to believe. All I know is that everything had an effect and we're left in 2020 with nothing to listen to on the radio and no place to go out and dance. Is the dance club gone for good? If not, I have no idea what any DJ would play to get the vibe going. Have you looked at the Top 40 charts lately? They're pathetic.

I'll link to a few pages that I found that have to do with this subject. If you know anything or have any input though, I'd love to hear from you.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTop..._so_what_happened-New_York_City_New_York.html

https://www.vice.com/en/article/bjjdzq/how-mayor-giuliani-decimated-new-york-city-nightlife

http://www.city-data.com/forum/new-york-city/54058-blast-past-early-80s-90s-nyc-8.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nightclubs_in_New_York_City

https://medium.com/cuepoint/no-sleep-nyc-nightlife-flyers-1988-to-1999-5442e4a7d52c
 
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