July 14, 2005
../ Avalon, Formally Limelight, To Close
Avalon New York, formerly the infamous Limelight, will close on July 24, 2005 after only 2
years of continued operation. One of the club's co-owners, John Blair, will join Robbie Wooten at Spirit, another club in dire need of patrons.
Blair's other partners, John Lyons and Steve Adelman, plan to reopen the space as a concert venue
in late 2005. The former Episcopalian Church was the 80's poster child of excess and decadence, but came crashing down when Michael Alig murdered a fellow
club kid and then turned on owner Peter Gatien to reduce his sentence.
Limelight lay dormant until 2002 when it briefly opened as Estate, but that entity only lasted a few
months. Avalon formally launched in 2003 with a bang, but hasn't been able to attract a substantial resident DJ and
many promoters jumped ship after the club allegedly stiffed them on fees.
The Future: This is good
news for Erick Morillo who is developing the next New York Super Club
with the crew from Ultra. However, it does demonstrate New York's clubber economics - there are only so many people who are willing to shell out $25 or more bucks
for a big club experience. After former NYC mayor Giuliani's campaign to eradicate NYC nightlife in 2000 ended with the closing of Twilo, Avalon jumpstarted Bloomberg's
vision to create a tourist-friendly and profitable New York Club Disneyland. Soon after, several big clubs emerged in Chelsea, including Spirit and Crobar. However,
only Crobar has consistently maintained a quality lineup under the guidance of Tim Bauman. Spirit should be
down for the count by the end of 2005, opening up the playing field further.
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