The 80's were a magical time in New York. I have been asked if Space was a real club, well... yes and no. Space was not the name of the actual club I wrote about in my book "Tell Me You Want Me" the inspiration came from a few clubs, one of them being Area located at 157 Hudson Street, just below Canal. and the other was The Limelight, a converted church turned night club located on 7th Ave.
Area was known for its theatrics and very unusual invitations, one being a pill
that had to be put in water to reveal club details. Area would change its look every few months and was really more of an art gallery that just happened to serve drinks. Area had a unisex bathroom where cocaine was always in abundance and celebrities were always in attendance. I liked Area because even if you were famous, it did not grant you automatic entrance into the club. Many celebrities had to stand behind the velvet rope with the rest of us, and if you showed up in a town car you would get turned away.
Area would open the doors at 11:00 p.m. but most people did not bother coming until well after 1:00 a.m. Area was only around about 4 years, but it left its mark as "the place to be seen"
The Limelight was my favorite club, the rockers and goth kids would go there, but both influenced me when I wrote about Space in my book, but the vibe was all Club Area.
Kris Embrey is the author of "Tell Me You Want Me" a fiction book based on the life of a background singer touring with the hottest band in rock and roll. Archway Publishing a Simon and Schuster Company.