“I was there . . . at Le Poisson Rouge . . . in 2011.” The utopian dance club Paradise Garage, ruled by legendary DJ Larry Levan with a velvet fist from 1977 to 1987, is perhaps the mother of all Aw Dude You Missed It NYC nightlife spots, its reputation among dance-music fiends undiminished and unassailable. “I once said that I was obsessed with the place but couldn’t get my friends to come with me,” noted Steve Lewis in BlackBook recently. “So I got new friends.” Convincing your own friends to drop by the Paradise Garage Reunion Party will probably not be such a hassle.
Alas, the actual Paradise Garage is a Verizon facility now (at least it’s not AT&T), so this fete will instead take place at Le Poisson Rouge on April 3rd, featuring DJ David Depino, DJ Joey Llanos, and DJ Kervyn Mark, running from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Note: If you show up right at 6 you’ll be laughed out of town.) Actual OG Paradise Garage members get a discount at the door, apparently, if you still have your card. As for what exactly you missed or will be trying to briefly relive, let Sylvester explain it to you: