The Roxy, the famed disco and roller rink on West 18th Street, went out of business in March of 2007 when the owners of the building had dreams of flipping it to residential developers. But because the building's owners waited a bit too long and missed the boom, the Roxy space has remained vacant. A few ideas to revive the famed disco have been proposed over the years, but none of them have come to fruition. But where others have failed, the owners of venerable establishments Taj Lounge, Katra and Leopard Lounge will look to succeed. They pitched a new plan for the Roxy last night, and boy it's a doozy.
According to a report from Chelsea Now, the owners presented a plan to CB 4's Business Licenses and Permits Committee calling for a "full-service restaurant and catering hall on the main floor; a lounge/nightclub in the huge downstairs space; a separate café on 19th St." and a bonus retail space next door selling souvenirs, clothing and gifts. The nightclub's capacity would be 840 people, instantly making it one of the largest venues in New York.
The plans were immediately met with derision from nearby residents. Committee member Corey Johnson waxed poetic, saying “this is going to have some effect on the neighborhood," while Miguel Acevedo, president of the Fulton Houses tenant association, complained “we don’t want the club scene coming down to us.” It may be a bit late for that, Miguel. Unfortunately, the committee lacked a quorum, so the item was laid over until next month.
· New Lease On Nightlife [Chelsea Now]
· A Roxy Return [~ENY~]
· The Roxy: 1991 - 2007 [~ENY~]