Paradise Garage

The Paradise Garage, also known as “the Garage” or the “Gay-rage”,was a discotheque in New York City notable in the history of modern dance and pop music, as well as LGBT and nightclub cultures. It was founded by Michael Brody, its sole proprietor, and was located at 84 King Street in the Hudson Square neighborhood. It operated from 1977 to 1987 and was the base for resident DJ Larry Levan.

The club has been credited for its influence on the development of the modern dance club as it is in the 2000s; unlike other clubs of its time, the Paradise Garage was focused on dancing rather than verbal interaction, and it was the first to put the DJ at the center of attention. It was known for its enthusiastic, yet unforgiving nature if a performer was struggling. Among the notable musicians who performed there were Diana Ross and a young Madonna. In 1979, Tim Curry released the album Fearless, containing the single “Paradise Garage”, whose lyrics narrate visiting the discotheque.

In April 2018, demolition on the former Paradise Garage site was completed.

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