I used to like dancing at Area, which was on Hudson Street from 1983 to 1987. It was in a big brick building, and inside was a stone hallway that looked like the interior of a castle. Department store-type windows held displays, works of art, and people doing strange performance art as you walked inside. Celebrities included Andy Warhol, the B-52s, Boy George, Billy Idol, Keith Haring, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Federico Fellini, Sting, Mayor Ed Koch, Bianca Jagger, and Calvin Klein. They had fantastic opening parties, and the invitations were very unusual and artistic. The bathrooms were, it goes without saying, unisex.
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
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