Considered to be one of the most unique nightlife outposts that New York City's Meatpacking District has to offer, Cielo has reigned supreme for an entire decade. Boasting a top of the line Funktion One sound system, this intimate party haven has successfully survived the typical club age expectancy and doesn't appear to be shutting down anytime soon.
Home to esteemed party outfits such as Endless, Dance.Here.Now, Deep Space and Nurvous Events, Cielo has featured nearly every superstar DJ in the industry. From Steve Angello to Seth Troxler to Luciano, this musical dojo has helped NYC's club scene become one of the best in the world. That being said, 2013 marked the venue's 10th birthday and with that a slew of events to help ring in their turning of double digits.
Face it, all good things things come to an end eventually. We won't get all existential on you, so let's put it in language most revelant to your current lifestyle: Gone are the good ol' days of goons pumping juice in the Tiana Beach parking lot.
Over the last four years, residents of the multi-milion dollar vacation homes lining Dune Road have obstinately (and rightly so) argued from the end of the infamous Neptunes Beach Club, that little shanty of a party place that, once, long ago, hosted headliners who's crowds really brought the alphabet to the party. Recently, increased police presence, random searchs and that damn scary German Shepherd (let's call him Hans) at the door clearly, and we repeat clearly, steered you away from any wrong doing.
20 years is a long time. Longer than most marriages, cars, nicotine addictions and (nowadays) careers.
20 years ago while most of you were crawling around in your underpants and sucking your thumb, Michael Weiss was busy. Very busy. After finishing Stanford Law school, Michael founded Nervous Records, the independent label that birthed house music luminaries like Danny Krivit, Josh Wink, Louie Vega, Armand Van Helden, David Morales, Roger Sanchez, Paul Van Dyk, and many others. Curiosity and confidence have kept Nervous Records on the cutting edge of the music industry, as they sign ground-breaking artists and help pioneer the evolution of electronica.
It was a long week. Your shoulders are slouched, your eyes tired. You and your Chuck Taylors are in some serious need of dancing, physical expression to connect your heart, head, and limbs and uplift your spirit. So Sunday night you head to Industry City, in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, to celebrate 15 years of Body & Soul, New York City’s ultimate House music party.
You peruse the kiosks, wondering through a maze of collared shirts, handbags and bad lingerie. Suddenly you gaze up in bewilderment. You think you were here once. A long time ago. The DJ booth was right …
Although the reign of super clubs (Twilo, Exit, Tunnel, Palladium) was over long before the Limelight Marketplace opened last year, the mall was the crown on Guiliani's long-waged coup d'état. Face it, the church-cum-nightclub-cum-mall where you used to bounce around in your best leather chaps symbolizes American society’s progress.
With city officials debating issuing liquor licenses to new clubs until only 2 am, it’s safe to say New York City isn’t the party place it used to be. But hey, the value of your 16 x 16 studio has skyrocketed, your dog’s paws are cleaner and it’s almost safe to walk the streets at night (which was why you stayed in the club til 11 am in the first place).
Below is a list of the best clubs for House music: