Luckily, the approaching hurricane passed by, merely scraping NYC. A bit of rain didn’t keep clubbers from checking out the latest iteration of the landmark club formerly known as Exit. I’m happy to report that Godskitchen turned the place around. I never thought I’d live to see the day on which that venue would be meathead-free. I’m not sure whether the weather kept them away or maybe it was that there weren’t any cheese-head DJs booked anymore. Regardless, while the main floor was far from packed, the crowd was great. Godskitchen went to great lengths to reinvigorate a club that had developed such a terrible reputation over the years. After Exit received a facelift as Ikon, Godskitchen added a bunch of new decorations with a bit of European flair. Quintessential white sail-shaped fabric was stretched between the columns under the balconies. Inflatable white spiked stars hung from the ceiling as well as transparent cylindrical shapes. Several cloth cylinders stretched from balcony to balcony, spanning the width of the floor. The green laser projected trippy shapes on them, penetrating each one and continuing across the room. Across from the booth, typical club visuals were projected onto a huge screen. Costumed performers put on several fire juggling shows or just mingled with the crowd, adding to the ambience. The go-go dancers were at the appropriate level of hotness required by any successful large club.
The music was on point the whole night. Brendan Benke was spinning on the main floor when I walked in. It was good to see so many regulars come out to support a local boy. Darren Emerson banged it out afterwards, taking the decks at around 2:30am. Solid set, what little I heard of it. I spent most of the night in the now infamous Pink Room on the third floor. Our fellow Groovanauts.com DJs (Marc Allen, Sunburn & Jason Jollins) had the place packed for most of the night. Before Emerson went on, we probably had about as many people bopping around in the room as on the main floor downstairs.
All in all, a fun night. Let’s hope that this is the start of something really successful. NYC definitely needs the return of a quality mega-club. It’s been a while since patrons could go to a venue big enough to get lost in and enjoyed quality music. There’s something to be said for having a bunch of nooks and crannies to escape to rather than being stuck in one or two rooms like in most of the other clubs left in NYC these days. Maybe Godskitchen will finally start to pull all those clubbers back from the lounges on Saturday nights.
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