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Vanished Venues: Area Was A Club Like No Other

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dolph Lundgren & Grace Jones in the entrance hallway during the 'Confinement' theme. Dolph Lundgren & Grace Jones in Area's entrance hallway during the "Confinement" theme. (Courtesy Abrams Books)

In 1983, a club unlike any other opened in New York. Area, on Hudson Street in TriBeCa, was a fusion of art and performance and night life that reinvented itself with a new theme every six weeks. Less than four years later, it was gone. But in its brief heyday, it was the place to be – not just for downtown artists and club kids, but for celebrities and power players from Andy Warhol and Madonna to Norman Mailer and Ed Koch.

For Soundcheck's occasional series Vanished Venues, host John Schaefer looks back at Area 30 years later, with club co-founder Eric Goode. He and his sister Jennifer Goode have put together a new book of photographs and memories from those days, Area 1983-1987. We're also joined by Area DJ Johnny Dynell, to listen back to some of the songs that got people dancing at the club.

Below, see some photos of Area from Eric & Jennifer Goode's Area 1983-1987 (All photos courtesy Abrams Books):

 

Eric Goode with Madonna, who lived just a few blocks from Area.

Eric Goode with Madonna, who lived just a few blocks from Area.


Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat

Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat


The dance floor at Area.

Crowd outside Area spilling onto Hudson Street.


The dance floor bar was turned into a gas station for the "American Highway" theme.

The dance floor bar was turned into a gas station for the "American Highway" theme.


Ludovik (body painted by Keith Haring), Haring, and John Sex

Ludovik (body painted by Keith Haring), Haring, and John Sex

Comments [10]

Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Anthony from ardmore

you nasty

Mar. 24 2014 04:19 PM
Laura from Brooklyn, NY

In 1984, my then-boyfriend, who was from a Balinese royal family, was hired to do kebyar or some other traditional male dance form in a showcase at Area, behind glass. Talk about a weird gig! One night Yul Brynner, who was very old, turned up with his young wife. He asked my boyfriend to come out from behind the glass to say hello. My boyfriend had no idea who he was--I had to tell him later. I was of course very excited.

Nov. 25 2013 09:47 PM

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