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NYC Club #2: Danceteria 30 West 21st Street
Danceteria was a huge NYC club in the early eighties; it was one of the first places to play new wave music and to use music videos. People used to leave the Mudd Club and CBGBs, and go uptown to Danceteria. The first one was on West 37th Street, and after it was shut down it reopened at 30 West 21 Street. Danceteria was also Madonna’s hangout in the early eighties. She sang her first songs there before they became huge hits, and filmed the club scene in Desperately Seeking Susan there. The Rolling Stones had a press party there in 1980. Other regulars were Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, the East Village artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, and Billy Idol. I remember climbing the staircase to the top floor (out of six floors total) with my girlfriends and bopping around to Squeeze. It also had the coolest logo: a cafeteria waitress with an eighth-note covering her eyes.
Leslie Wells has edited forty-nine New York Times bestsellers in her thirty-year publishing career. She is the author of Come Dancing, a novel about publishing and rock and roll set in New York City in the 1980s. Visit her at www.lesliewellsbooks.com