Night Clubs in New York City
New York City Entertainment
Night Clubs in NYC, New York, USA
Night Clubs in NYC
An emblem of the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance, the Cotton Club is best known for its gilded past and for providing residencies to Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Some 80 years later, the club is still going strong and has live jazz and blues almost every night and a gospel brunch on Sundays.
The Cotton Club opened in 1923 under the patronage of Al Capone and the ownership of bootlegger “Owney” Madden. Though often associated with the golden era of the Harlem Renaissance, the club also embodies the paradox of this time. Decorated to evoke the old plantations of the home of black slavery, the club was owned by whites for whites. Only whites were allowed in the audience, while the waiters and entertainers, almost all African Americans, had to use a different entrance.
The club’s regular show was a musical revue which featured glamorous dancers, singers, comedians and various entertainers. The Duke Ellington Orchestra was the house orchestra for a number of years between 1927 and 1931. After that the mantle was passed to Cab Calloway.
Mr John Beatty is the current owner who opporates an all inclusive door policy.
656 West 125th Street, (at Riverside Drive) 10027
Mon, Wed-Fri 8pm-4am; Sat-Sun 12pm – 12am
US$32 (includes food)
Subway: 2 or 3 train to 135th St
The Webster Hall (known in the 1980s as the Ritz) is a mainstream-glam dance shack, with several floors and 40,000 square feet of adventure. Within the walls of this tremendous historical ballroom lie NYC’s hottest DJ’s, six separate lounges, the most advanced lighting system in North America, and what is arguably the best stage in New York City.
125 E 11th St, NY
Thu & Fri US$15; Sat US$20 (order tickets online)
Between 3rd and 4th Aves. By Subway: N, R, 4, 5, 6 or L to Union Square/14th St. Walk to the corner of 14th St and 4th Ave. Walk downtown 3 blocks to 11th St and make a left.