Johnny Ramone and Marky Ramone during an MTV After Party at the Hudson Hotel in New York City (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Richie Ramone, Area performance artist Christina Downing, Joey Ramone, and Dee Dee Ramone (from left).
“It wasn’t about money. It was about making an event.” A new book chronicles the heyday of NYC’s Area nightclub. Take a peek!
“Area is the number one cause of marital breakup in New York,” nightlife columnist Michael Musto announced in The Village Voice. Getting past the door at the crowd-thronged eighties dance club was a test of survival of the fittest, and a passed-over spouse meant sending them home in a cab with a kiss good night. For those who didn’t make the cut, Eric Goode andJennifer Goode’s 368-page visual history, Area: 1983–1987 (Abrams), reveals all they missed out on: elaborately designed theme parties—Confinement, Gardens, Acid Flash, to name a few—replete with shark tanks, live owls, and a urinal-lined entryway, that were created and destroyed in just six weeks’ time.
With the participation of downtown artists (Basquiat, Warhol, Haring) and performers game to pose as a beheaded Marie Antoinette or serve refreshments, David-style, aided by a well-placed hose, 157 Hudson Street was an eccentric counterpoint to more celebrity-mobbed haunts, its packed halls off-limits to the limo-and-AmEx contingent (though the rare yuppie would be admitted as “room tone”). While short-lived, Area reflected the heady days of Koch-era Manhattan, when creativity and cocaine pulsed through the city’s veins in equal measure, and a 13,000-square-foot warehouse could be leased to a few enterprising art-school kids with a letter of recommendation from Interview magazine. Even the mayor himself showed up on occasion, working out at the Sports fete while Bianca Jagger looked on. After all, as one reveler told the The New York Times in 1984, “To not get in is to die.”
Area: 1983–1987, by Eric Goode and Jennifer Goode, $75. Available from Abrams on November 12; abramsbooks.com.
Yup! (Well a group photo ) And thanks so much : )