As The Beatrice Gets Padlocked, We Remember the Clubs That Came Before

Oh noes! Seems that fashionista hotspot Beatrice Inn has been padlocked due to pesky building violations. What shall the PYT's do? No worries, though, this isn't the first time a venerable hot-spot has shuttered its doors—even temporarily—to the privileged few who can snake past the doormen. We have a feeling that pseudo-models and their admirers will have another watering hole before the week is out. What? You don't believe us? Let's take a trip down memory lane to glance at our favorite NY dance institutions of yesteryear...

El Morocco: This celeb and society boite of the '30s and '40s was the place to mug for the camera (and everyone knew where you were due to the zebra print decor). Even better, this is the birth-place of the bad girl, since those tarty pill-poppers from Valley of the Dolls started off their nights here.
Studio 54: Oh hipsters! Why so shy? Back in the '70s, you didn't hide in the bathroom doing pathetic key bumps! You lined up rails right on the table, next to Cher and Al Pacino! Steve Rubell's infamous garden of earthly (and unearthly) delights was over-the-top, and sadly, over too soon.
Danceteria: Punks, skinheads, artworld stars, and Madonna collided at this multi-story dance mecca. Once, a crazy old guy at a dive bar on St. Marks told us it closed because a girl fell down an elevator shaft and died. He also said he was on acid, so we're not sure if we should believe him.
Tunnel: Ooo boy, was this place seedy. It's also featured in the book American Psycho and has crossed the tongues of both Carrie Bradshaw and Serena van der Woodsen. We die.
The Limelight: Born from this high-octane club (housed in a former Church on Sixth Ave) was the notorious club kid movement of the 1990s. Richie Rich, Amanda Lepore, and Sophia Lamar all got their start here. This place's reputation was forever tarnished when party promoter Michael Alig killed and dismembered Angel Melendez, a drug dealer and Limelight fixture. And you thought dancing on tables was naughty.

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