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Efforts Underway to Resurrect NYC's Roxy Nightclub

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In March 2007, NYC's Roxy nightclub was shuttered, reportedly to make way for condominiums and residential development on the site. Those reports appear to have been premature, as the owners have apparently applied for a liquor license from Community Board Four.

RoxycrowdA Facebook group has been formed urging New York residents who support the Roxy and NYC nightlife in general to attend Community Board Four's Business Licenses & Permits Meeting this Tuesday.

Its supporters write: "This Tuesday, you have a real opportunity to stand up for New York City nightlife, which has been increasingly under attack from a small group of residents. These groups are fighting to end the city's legacy as a global nightlife destination, attempting to allow fewer licenses to be issued, closing bars early, and even shutting down some venues."

There is a second meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd, when the full board will meet to debate its final recommendation to the State Liquor Authority.

Information on both those meetings, is AFTER THE JUMP...

Meeting Details:

Community Board 4, Business Licenses & Permits Meeting, Tuesday, July
8th @ 6:30PM at The Westin Hotel (270 W. 43rd St.) in The Minetta
Room.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008, 6:30 p.m, Roosevelt Hospital, 1000 Tenth
Av. (b. 58th / 59th)

See also Save the Roxy [facebook]

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  1. "you have a real opportunity to stand up for New York City nightlife..." by bringing back THE ROXY?!?

    Give me DANCETERIA... BOYBAR... WORLD... MARS... hell, I'd rather get finger fucked at BREADSTICKS in Forest Hills than patronize this lifeless dump again.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Jul 7, 2008 5:10:50 PM


  2. Let it die, man. Let it die.

    Bring back Twilo!

    Posted by: jeff | Jul 7, 2008 5:22:10 PM


  3. New York City is many things....but a global nightlife destination, not so much.
    Forget the Roxy, bring back the Ninth Circle and the Anvil!

    Posted by: excy | Jul 7, 2008 5:50:57 PM


  4. How sad that we are wasting our time on
    reopening a night club. And to add, why are we wasting our time reporting on it? Ive been there years ago and it's nothing different than any other night club....drugs and booze. what's so special about this place? It's history?
    So what?

    Posted by: Willy | Jul 7, 2008 5:51:37 PM


  5. Had some good times at Boybar, Danceteria, Tunnel, Pyramid. Roxy, not so much.

    Posted by: zeke2 | Jul 7, 2008 5:58:06 PM


  6. god, i forgot about Mars. that place was a hot mess. literally.

    bring back the Paradise Garage and Area.

    Posted by: hughman | Jul 7, 2008 8:56:53 PM


  7. Whether you loved it or hated it... the Roxy was a place for gay men to get together and dance on a Saturday night. SATURDAY NIGHT. With no major nightclub available on a Saturday night for gays - this institution should return, if for nothing else then a place for gay men to gather and dance. And don't say places like Splash are viable, as they fail in scope or size as the Roxy.

    I say it is time we created a city that doesn't sleep and giving our gay brothers a place to dance on Saturday night.

    Posted by: Dan | Jul 7, 2008 9:11:25 PM


  8. With ya Dan.

    Posted by: Br!on | Jul 7, 2008 9:32:01 PM


  9. John in Manhattan - DITTO x250! You nailed it bud. The Roxy was a tweaker dump w/o an idea of who/what it wanted to be. Area, Danceteria, BoyBar, Mars - give gay men some real options, NYC!!!

    Posted by: resurrect | Jul 7, 2008 10:19:11 PM


  10. Perhaps the Roxy had run its course by the time its last night rolled around (and yes, I was there for a fun nostalgia trip). What is now missing is a flagship gay nightclub in New York, and no, Splash, for all its qualities, does not fit the bill. The question isn't whether or not Roxy should come back, but whether or not there are promoters and DJs who can create the sort of excitement the place once had in a new way, and it did have plenty of excitement once upon a time. If it gets a re-opening, then it needs a total makeover, and if that works then it could be a great club again.

    Posted by: Aaron | Jul 7, 2008 10:47:29 PM


  11. I went ot Roxy with my b/f last time I was in NYC. What a waste of time and money. The bartender was a prick and wouldn't even make the drink I asked for. I think we paid $20 each for cover. I should have just flushed the money down the toilet - that would have been more enjoyable.

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 8, 2008 12:06:15 PM


  12. you tired old queens. so pathetic. it's not about john blair, the roxy or even a gay club. it's about fighting real estate interests who are trying to turn this city into a suburban nightmare for the rich! it's about reclaiming a space for something other than luxuary fucking condos! who the fuck cares what kind of party they have there? let them fill it with straight bridge and tunnel guidos! at least it will be better than another fucking apartment building that no one i know could even afford to live in! all you fools are so fucking nostalgic for the great new york nightlife of the past? well, guess what? if there aren't any fucking clubs left (and i'm not talking about holes in the wall with "dance floors" the size of postage stamps) then there won't be any new york nightlife left at all! you want to live in a city where the biggest club is splash? where they stop serving alcohol at two am? where it's illegal to dance? well, guess what? they do! and they are making it happen! this is a war for the soul of new york city! are you gonna fight or are you gonna roll over and let these fuckers steal it?!

    Posted by: pork | Jul 8, 2008 12:27:32 PM


  13. you tired old queens. so pathetic. it's not about john blair, the roxy or even a gay club. it's about fighting real estate interests who are trying to turn this city into a suburban nightmare for the rich! it's about reclaiming a space for something other than luxuary fucking condos! who the fuck cares what kind of party they have there? let them fill it with straight bridge and tunnel guidos! at least it will be better than another fucking apartment building that no one i know could even afford to live in! all you fools are so fucking nostalgic for the great new york nightlife of the past? well, guess what? if there aren't any fucking clubs left (and i'm not talking about holes in the wall with "dance floors" the size of postage stamps) then there won't be any new york nightlife left at all! you want to live in a city where the biggest club is splash? where they stop serving alcohol at two am? where it's illegal to dance? well, guess what? they do! and they are making it happen! this is a war for the soul of new york city! are you gonna fight or are you gonna roll over and let these fuckers steal it?!

    Posted by: pork | Jul 8, 2008 12:54:56 PM


  14. Roxy may not have been the greatest clubbing experience in gay NYC's history, but it is special to a lot of people. I met my partner there 8 years ago (this month actually!) And although we didn't go there the last several years it was open (horrible music -- hammering beats, no vocals, no melodies) we did manage to get there for the closing night.

    However, this goes beyond just what the Roxy was. This could be a very important stand for entertainment in NY. As more and more of the concert/club venues in NYC disappear to make way for yet another luxury condo high-rise no one can afford, as the Hudson River piers are turned into parks and athletic fields with absolutely no event space, as the wealthy take over the town that was once filled with poor working class immigrants (including my great-grandparents) what's left?? An island full of rich snobs with no culture and no sense of fun, no sense of NYC. Over the last 10+ years I've seen the powers that be take everything that makes this city great and destroy it, brick by brick. From concert halls and nightclubs, to street fairs and community events. I do a lot of work in event production, so I've seen this all first hand. Unfortunately I will be unable to make tonight's meeting, but depending on how things go at tonight's meeting, I will be at the full CB4 meeting later this month. It's time to Take Back the NightLife!

    Posted by: Phil M. | Jul 8, 2008 1:15:26 PM


  15. Pork - are you kidding me? Standing up to evil developers? Turning Manhattan into a suburban nightmare? Do you even grasp the contradiciton of that statement? Give me a break. Roxy sucked. It deserved to die.

    Posted by: Porking Port | Jul 8, 2008 3:05:54 PM


  16. All the gay clubs suck in NYC now.

    We need a new Limelight or a better hotter sexier version of SBNY

    Posted by: daveynyc | Jul 8, 2008 4:43:44 PM


  17. I am completely shocked that while we are facing one of the biggest political elections in modern times, wars going on and people barely making ends meet, the gay community is rally the troops to re-open a night club so gay men can once again, drink and drug themselves into an early grave.

    The whole "we're fighting the corporate condo boards" is hogwash. Nobody wants to go to the Roxy but ol' John Blair-hagged out wanna be's and other ol' heads who don't have real relationships now that they're 40+ so they've convinced themselves that re-opening the Roxy is priority number one.

    If you're "fighting for the heart and soul" of NY by trying to re-open a nightclub that has long since reached it's expiration date, then I'm almost certain your soul has already been lost (likely to tina).

    Posted by: You Gotta Be Kidding | Jul 9, 2008 9:47:05 AM


  18. The fact that the Roxy was the only viable club to go to, and yet was so lifeless and unremarkable is a testament to the demise of the city itself. Manhattan lost its culture and soul almost ten years ago... perhaps another crippling blackout (1977) is what's required to bring an edge back to what was once an epicenter of creativity, unpredictability, and opportunity. Sad to say, but these days Manhattan is a privileged home to yuppies, dirty money, and flagship stores and very little more... it's as if Paramus was on an island and covered with a bubble.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jul 9, 2008 10:13:12 AM


  19. you guys are all talking about these other clubs and they all sound great but for me the roxy will always be special. it was four years ago. i had just turned 21, was home from college on spring break. i wasn't really out yet, and was dragged there by a guy i knew from school who knew i was 'curious' and was totally paranoid about being seen by someone i knew from high school etc. however, the second i walked in it was like i was in homo heaven! a huge room full of hot guys, most of them with their shirts off, dancing. we started dancing, lost our shirts, connected with some cute guys from columbia and . . . oh gosh! after that i knew there was nothin' wrong with being a homo. in fact there was everything right about it. came out big time :) went back many times and actually did bump into guys i knew from high school. invariably we said 'you?! i never would have guessed!' one of them is now my partner.

    Posted by: peter | Mar 17, 2009 6:13:18 PM


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