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126 East 14th Street, New York, New York


The Palladium was a large dance club in Union Square opened by Studio 54's Steve Rubell. It was on East 14th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues.

DJ Kirk Alert (1992-1995)
Freddy Bastone
Eddy Batiset
Michael T. Brown (Guest DJ)
Charley Casanova
Michael Fierman
Dwayne Holt
Robbie Leslie
Larry Levan
Steve Fabus

The following photos of the Palladium were contributed by Jerry Goodman.
Photo description: These photos were from a program given out on closing night of Palladium. It was the same weekend that Princess Diana was killed.



The Palladium flyer below submitted by John Slagle
Palladium New York disco

The following photos of DJ Michael T. Brown in the Palladium DJ booth sometime in the 1980s was submitted by Michael T. Brown. Only played a few times but what a great place and the Michael Todd Room was real cool.
Palladium Palladium

Photos below submitted by DJ Kirk Alert
DJ Kirk Alert and Mrs. Alert at the Palladium from 1992 to 1995, Saturday Nights. Opening for Dj Charley Casanova. Dj Booth by Richard Long and Lighting control room. Mrs. Alert posing on the 1 and 2's, light control room and by metal detectors by main entrance.

Palladium photo below submitted by William R. Miller
Description: Art Deco from the Palladium wall just prior to demolition. It is signed MS'91. May have been hung previously with staples in corners. Size is 12 X 15 approx. Fits with architectural design.
Palladium - Art Deco sketch

Watch a video of a live concert at Palladium in New York City with DJ Kirk Alert:

Watch a video of the Palladium's laser light system (no audio):

Photos below of various flyers and the marquee sent in by Palladium Marguee.

Photo below sent in by Hans Von Rittern
Description: 1986 Gay Pride Sunday invitation
1986 Gay Pride Sunday invitation for Palladium

Photos below from Dr. Claustrum.
Description: #1: Palladium 1986 - Jerry and Mimi Rubin Winter Pass #2-5: Palladium March 26, 1986 - Art Aid Invite for African Famine Relief #6: Dr. Claustrum's club buttons. The New York one was worn by a Palladium security guard the morning of 15MAY85; I swapped mine for his. The other three are from Limelight (ca. 85/86 (including the no longer "dreamy" looking one).
Jerry and Mimi Rubin Winter Pass
March 26, 1986 - Art Aid Invite for African Famine Relief
March 26, 1986 - Art Aid Invite for African Famine Relief
March 26, 1986 - Art Aid Invite for African Famine Relief
March 26, 1986 - Art Aid Invite for African Famine Relief
club buttons

Photos below from Kenzo Nakamura.
Description: This Jigsaw puzzle box was INVITATION for party of KEITH HARING "Party of Life" at The Palladium. It comes with a set of Jigsaw puzzle and two badges and these badges are the passes for the party at The Palladium of May 22nd 1985.
Party of Life
Party of Life
Party of Life

Please note that in the interest of fairness, the names of DJs and staff are listed in alphabetical order.

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john fine | Jul 15, 2016 | 1:22 am

u should really have the main djs in the who made the club wat it was. LARRY LEVAN , FREDDY BASTONE , ROBIE LESLIE and EDDY BATISET. the djs u mentioned were the ones who came in very late in the game ,really the last very disappointing year.

Max | Jul 03, 2016 | 3:22 pm

I look for anyone Who knew Steven Cohen and his party in early 70 to ask about a dj who Gig for him

Joana Karasek | Feb 18, 2016 | 12:55 pm

By any chance you guys have pictures [r videos of a Fashon Show at the Palladium NYC. By Masako and Girls loves Boys hair dresser around1991. That would be so great! Thanks.

Steve | Dec 18, 2015 | 9:07 pm

I remember Palladium with as Arena with Junior Vasquez in fall '96 through '97!! It was absolutely amazing and breathtaking. It was probably my best memory, as far as my club-hopping days went. Limelight came as a distant -- very distant - second. Twilo, The Roxy, The Factory Sound System (?) didn't come close. When I first saw the inside, and the dance floor, I thought, "Now, THIS is clubbing, this is EPIC!"

I remember Jewel had a mini-concert there. I remember even meeting Pink! She was short, and she was just a kid back then, like 16 or 17. She said "Hi! I'm Pink!" and my friend and I kinda both said "Umm I'm sure you are pink" reply, not knowing who she would become. How could we? But wow, amazing memories of that incredible club!

Arthur Gan | Sep 19, 2015 | 3:17 am

Greetings from Sunny Singapore... Yes, I was fortunate enough to have been in to Palladium a few times, around 1983 to 1985, when I was studying in NYC & Boston.

Though there were door policies, we were always let in by the lady bouncers there...!

On one occasion, we were let in to Boy George's Birthday Bash, not knowing of this Bash...!

When we were @ the dance floor, Madonna was not 3ft from us, dancing for a short while, until the Paparazzis descended on her.

I remember her putting her jacket on the floor, while dancing, & hurried backstage, when the Paparazzis came over, without taking her jacket...!!! I was in two- minds about whether to retrieve the jacket...! Imagine what I can get, for that jacket, on eBay...!!!

Terry | Aug 15, 2015 | 12:37 am

I felt like I was a nobody from Birmingham Alabama when I went to the Palladium in 1985. But when we got in line there was a bouncer there that was checking in all the people there. If he didn't like the way you were dressed you didn't get in. I thought we came all this way from Birmingham and we are not gonna get into this bar. I guess we passed. He let us in. When we walked through the door I felt like I was in a musical video. The lights permeated through the stairs all the way to the top floor. I think there were seven floors I really don't know. We went to get a drink and there were two actors I really can't remember their names, but I thought. Damn I'm in New York city this is awesome. I loved all the back drops they let down on the main stage. It was incredible especially for 1985. I'm sad that this bar has gone away. It seems that all great bars do for some reason or another. I'm glad I got to live It for what seems now like a split second in my life!

Michael | Jul 19, 2015 | 10:03 am

Michael here. Used to go to Palladium in the mid to late 80s and early 90s. The Palladium was the mecca dance club of the 80s and 90s. Had great times there. Awesome sound system and setup as a cub as a whole. Really enjoyed my club days in my twenties and the Palladium was among my favorite clubs back in the day and will cherrish these memories forever.

Andrea Molaro Franz | May 20, 2015 | 8:49 am

I used to frequent Palladium in the 70s. I remember it being giant and the dance floor was packed. Great music. I used to take the subway there and back dressed to kill. I guess the subway was safer then or I was just that young and stupid.

doogie | May 16, 2015 | 7:48 pm

Thx for response
Lucky to have experienced it
Great people and tunes
Never again will there be a Palladium nor should there be
Email me at Dougvanacore@yahoo.com for reunion

Poet One | May 15, 2015 | 9:34 pm

Palladium has to be the greatest club in history. Peter Gatien's masterpiece. Huge club, great light and sound. Like a giant adult playground. The stairwell should be in a museum. And of course Aphrodita and Mark Keane at the door. They just dont make them like that anymore.....

DJ Emir | Feb 04, 2015 | 8:43 pm

Back in The days I remember hitting Palladium, The Bank, Webster Hall and a few other large nightclubs. I remember hearing the original import version of Afrohead "In The Dark We Live" for the first time at The Bank and again at Palladium and then at Limelight... and hearing those hard hitting pipe clanging sounds and just heading out to every record store I could in New York asking what the song was until I finally found it. I loved that track and still love it to this day because I remember what it sounded like on the huge sound systems of Palladium, Bank and Limelight! I also got to double it up and create my own patterns with two copies of the record at several raves and nightclubs out in Denver Colorado, L.A. and New York. Everytime I hear the song memories of Palladium, Bank and Limelight would come flooding back.

I remember one time at limelight they were playing naked twister and on another night they had a hot body contest a male entered and had a tiny wiener I think it was a Thursday and was hosted by several gay men and cross dressers and I remember everyone laughing at the guy and the guy said "Suck My D*** you fagot" to which the gay man immediately responded with "please that's not even a cocktail weiner" LOL which made the man want to fight resulting in the bouncers tossing his a** out the door fully naked in the snow... OUCH LOL Not sure if they threw his clothes out with him or not LOL WOW good times, funny memories at all these great NY clubs.

dougvanacore@yahoo.com | Feb 04, 2015 | 7:50 pm

Awesome nyc club of the century

Anyone remember the Blond female bartender ? Punky and funky
Cool dresser

Cool place. Never to be replaced

Michael | Feb 04, 2015 | 7:38 pm

The perfect dance club!

Diane | Feb 04, 2015 | 6:52 am

My oh my , this was the club of clubs. other than Studio 54. It didn't have the pretentious attitude either. You could dance until 5 a.m. and it had so many beautifully designed Art deco rooms. It was truly a palace the Palladium and it should never have been torn down.

Baird Jones the promoter who handed out cards passed away in 2009!

DJ Emir | Jan 27, 2015 | 3:25 pm

My first time ever at NYC's Palladium my College roommate Khalid and I were standing outside inline when a bunch of hot girls from my high school pulled up in a limousine and immediately spotted me in the line and pulled us both in with them on their guest list. After that I frequented Palladium, Warsaw and Webster Hall frequently in my College years since they were all close by to Cooper Union. My new addiction to mega nightclubs unfortunately lead to my demise at Cooper Union but it did also lead me down the path I later took and molded me into what I am today. Had a great time everytime.

Tanya. t Marinelli | Sep 30, 2014 | 10:02 pm

THAT IS RIGHT EVEN THE PRESIDENT COULDN'T STOP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Echan | Sep 28, 2014 | 4:41 pm

Yes Marshall, that's him: Baird Jones. Geeky nerd who handed out his "business" cards. I really thought he was the owner. Anyway, not that it would change anything in my life, but yes I would be interested to know what became of him.

Tanya. t Marinelli | Sep 28, 2014 | 2:40 am

Yes i remember baird he would call me to tell me "i got a job 4u" oh and its frankie knuckles.
The cat that would always run down the stairs to greet me and say hello. I do remember club usa and yes emerald city" my ring". And of course to all those Hot PALLADIUM MEN "tssssss tsssss" to HOT to touch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With my finger! They certainly dont make them like that anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tanya. t Marinelli | Sep 28, 2014 | 1:09 am

Yes i have arrived or We have arrived. I remember the lights coming straight down on you especially during hey jude. I remember it was a life or death situation if we did not get their on time we all made a scene in a half.even in 4Feet of snow! Yes i remember todd oh yes todd oh todd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I remember the "Grand Staircase"all i wanted to do was just to run up and down them in my heels in my "Yes, f*** Me Shoes". I. Remember the theater. It was like an amusement park in a very classy rich part of town. Aphrodite she always made it easy for us. She even played a joke on us. She locked us in it. She closed down the gates and the doors. She was laughing si hard. She sounded so hoarse. When she lets us out. I remeber the engine room and yes the little tunnel there too. Yes there were secret rooms in it. Please make sure you tell Aphrodita i always say "thanks for that touch!"i remember the cages we always helped out day and night. My winning ticket "the loudest scream" titis all hanging out!
Listen it was a life or death situation i had to win that ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!a lot of peeps got their first start there. The extremely large table in the office. Of course the dj booth. Throwing down the glow sticks. Saluteing Palladium people.
We had a comp one night who would go home with the most guys telephone numbers. I lost Palladium took over!

Michael | Jul 30, 2014 | 7:26 pm

Michael here. Used to go to Palladium in the mid to late 80s and early 90s. The Palladium was the mecca dance club of the 80s and 90s. Had great times there. Awesome sound system and setup as a cub as a whole. Really enjoyed my club days in my twenties and the Palladium was among my favorite clubs back in the day and will cherrish these memories forever.

doogie | Jul 19, 2014 | 8:08 am

does anyone remember the Hot Blond bartender?She was really cool
The place Rocked

MARSHALL NEW YORK EARLY 90'S | Jul 19, 2014 | 4:02 am


Echan | Jun 05, 2014 | 6:00 pm

Anyone remember a nerdy looking guy who used to hand out his card at the Palladium? His name was something like John Baird or Blare. I wasn't sure if he was the owner or manager of the club. The card said that he had all these college degrees like: BA, JD, MA etc. This was back around 83 or 84. Was he the owner? Anyone know what happened to him. I remember running into him there a few times. Always seemed really interested in knowing if I was enjoying myself, but he himself seemed really out of place there. That placed rocked.

Joseph | May 19, 2014 | 7:35 am

Anyone remember mid 70's venue called Dramatist persona, or something like that. Week end skits, parades of Broadway shows performed in drag. With ticket was served cheep wine, bleacher style seating.

Johnny | Feb 27, 2014 | 10:46 pm

Anyone remember that weird trip out video they used to play upstairs? I saw it on youtube and of course now I cant find it. What was the room downstairs, the engine room? I wish I could find a version of now I lay me down to sleep and that Hey Jude mix they used to play. I remember the entire club singing it!

Dr. Claustrum | Feb 23, 2014 | 10:05 am

Hi Johan: My hunch is that the photo was taken at the Palladium two years or so prior to the "grand (re)opening," which actually took place on Tuesday, May 14th, 1985. The stage and background look nothing like the 1985 Palladium, which was positively awe-inspiring. I know this as I was there, and also the last patron to leave ~6AM the following morning, headed straight to work in full dance attire and a new perspective on life. Nearly 30 years on, it's like it was yesterday. If anyone on this board has photos of the 1985 reopening, I am certain that all of us would be forever grateful if you posted them. Sadly, it didn't take long before those outrageous Kenny Scharf phone booths with dinosaur-head receivers were history. Don't get me started on the "open door policy" restrooms.

My other go to club was Limelight, especially in the '84-'86 timeframe. I wouldn't trade that experience for anything.

Johan | Feb 15, 2014 | 11:01 am

I have heard MADONNA did a performance at the Palladium in 1983. There is a photo online taken by Moshe Brakha at "the grand opening". Does anyone know WHEN in 1983 this was ? My guess, by looking at the picture of Madonna and her style, sometime in the fall of 1983. October 1983 ? I do not know what "grand opening" means since the place existed before, but my guess it means new owners ? new interior or something like that.
Please, help me out since there seems to be no information whastsoever about this on the net.

Thank you !

DJpapadoc | Dec 29, 2013 | 10:57 pm

The Palladium!!! I had some fun there...I also used to club hopping. Clubs like the Nell's, tunnel, danceteria, the world, Area, save the robot, 1018, Mars, saint, limelight and most importantly,,,the Garage...Man these were the good old days!!!

Ruben | Dec 20, 2013 | 5:22 pm

wow now that was a club not the stuff being pushed these days....if this gen ever witnessed one of the clubs of yesterday they would really feel cheated.....and there were so many and all hotspots...who could be here jump to 1018 then jump to the world hit limelight for a few stop eat breakfast go get some sleep then do it again lol it was worst in the summer i would hit orchard beach after clubbing then go home shower the do it all again.....

doogie | Dec 06, 2013 | 9:54 pm

The Palladium was NYC in the 80's
If you missed it, no words can describe it
Great people bartenders and Music
Anybody remember the Blond bartender upstairs? I think she was russian

Benrau | Oct 12, 2013 | 10:04 pm

I went to the Palladium in the late 80's/early 90's. Great design, cavernous,, great music, Hot women....
Nothing NOT to like about the club back then!!

T | Oct 06, 2013 | 6:56 pm


michael roland | Sep 07, 2013 | 9:43 am

yes,the palladium, what a place, i listened to just about every broadcast,but my favorite dj was scottblackwell.

Julia | Aug 16, 2013 | 9:07 pm

My fondest memory was in the 60's when "Santana" was playing.....& we were right up front......thx for the memories....

Cornell Christian | Aug 14, 2013 | 1:35 pm

I remember getting into the palladuim when i was younger with my older brothers and i loved that club..we used to battle other dancers but there was this one spanish kid from the bronx that no one dared battle...All in all the palladium was the s*** when music was the s***!!! Now the clubs in NYC suck

paul c. | Jun 26, 2013 | 8:59 pm

I used to promote there for a friend who DJ.d w. Casanova. Does anybody know what Aphrodites' real name was? Where she is today, etc. All of the known characters of the time u can find sonething about online. But nothing on her.

Tito | May 24, 2013 | 11:07 am

I remember soul II soul. I believe it was summer 1990. The club pulled down the steel/iron gate to stop people from rushing the entrance. People were diving under the gate as it was coming down like Indiana Jones. When they locked it I was like..."everybody is trapped if something bad happens."

Esty | Mar 08, 2013 | 5:24 pm

We're looking for any pictures of Kenny Scharf 's Fantasy Lounge that was located in the basement. I'm in touch with Kenny's Studio and we could really use em'. Send em' to yra6uldv8@yahoo.com

nicensmiley | Feb 08, 2013 | 4:54 pm

Oh wow what great memories 1983-1985. My high school friends and I used to drive in from NJ on Tuesday night ( it was a much cheaper cover and no line that day) and stay out till 5-6 in the morning dancing the night away then be at school at 8 am. Those were the days!! One morning I got busted by my Mom. I was in sooo much trouble!

Karen | Jan 20, 2013 | 7:43 am

Palladium, oh yes! I was invited to Boy George's birthday party @ The Palladium by Boy George himself! That night was a great night. I remember when the brought out a very large birthday cake I was sitting right next to Boy George and Steve Rubell. If I remember correctly, also invited and there that night was Madoona wearing a baseball cap and Bianca Jaggaer. I kept the invitation because it was such a memorable night!

Rene | Oct 21, 2012 | 8:07 pm

1st time at Palladium was to see Public Image Limited in 1986.. I was 16 then. the following year used to go every Wednesday night as it was college night...Man what a blast. Also saw Soul II Soul there in 1990...Miss that place..funny, my nephew's college dorm at NYU is at the Palladium site.

He mentioned the gym there is called the Palladium..I LAUGHED!!!!

Louise Stewart | Sep 30, 2012 | 4:51 pm

Hey Candace
Tried emailing you but no luck!
Get in touch. Makesme laugh reading all the comments on here!!!

Antonio | Sep 28, 2012 | 3:52 am

He everybody that enjoyed the 14st NYC palladium
And studio 54
I still DJ and want to rock studio 54and rose land at 52st
On a good vibe , let's join up by email and plan
A group to form a crowd and get the current mangers to make
Club nights so we can all reunite and dance ,I can also
Work on getting the event to be broadcast on mannhattan cable tv
And the net ,
let's start this party right ? Y'all want this party started right ?
Then hit me ,party people ,party people get funky funky,
Yea just hit me , remember the feeling on 50,000 watts of sound
And all the colorful lights ?we can keep it clean and fun ,
Email me at Levogueman@gmail.com

Michael Fierman | Sep 21, 2012 | 9:51 am

hello there, i just noticed the page here for Palladium and since i was the first DJ to make the Steven Cohn Sunday Nights famous in 1985...long before they hired Robbie, i'd appreciate it if you listed me on your site. Many thanks, Michael

Eddie | Aug 03, 2012 | 4:06 pm

Being a bit more mature now - 40 years of age but definitely not dead in life - I still like to go out from time to time and have a good time. UNFORTUNATELY, I rather stay home most times because I have yet to find a club that is anything like The Palladium. I mean this more with respect to a variety of good music being played as opposed to say, just House Music all night long or Hip Hop, etc.

The Palladium offered a great variety, especially on a Saturday night. I was a club goer in the early to late 90's then Giuliani came in and spoiled all the fun (Peter Gatien - you ROCK). Can ANYONE, tell me what club in Manhattan would be the closest to the Palladium??

80s Girl | Jun 03, 2012 | 6:46 pm

When you got into Palladium, you felt you had arrived. I worked an Azzedine Alaia fashion show there with steps reaching from the balcony down to the center of the dance floor. Andy Warhol was talking to Simon LeBon in the Mike Todd Room at the after-party...and I remember thinking there was no better place to be anywhere in the world at that moment. Pure over-the-top 1980s center-of-the-universe magic. It was the Grand Central of clubs...why didn't NYC save it?

jimmie feathersmith | Mar 18, 2012 | 9:10 pm

The Grateful Dead played this venue, twice in March 1972 (21-28) when it was known as the Academy of Music & again in 1977, (March 29- April 4) and every single show is legendary in the annals of Dead Land. In fact May 4th is my all time favorite show. What a sad ending to a wonderful place. It seems this was the place to be.

Lilbeth | Mar 04, 2012 | 10:27 am

Awwwwww Yeah!!! The secret hideouts...Bring down the house and bring up the smoke!!!! AWESOME AWESOME times!!!!! Burn MF Burn!!!

caiacist | Feb 11, 2012 | 12:17 pm

it was 3/25/1986, an usual night at the Palladium, Rock me Amdadeus came on... i reached over to a blonde with hair comming down to her waist and invited her to dance... we have been toghether ever since... after 26 years, two childern, we still vividly remember that night and Rock me Amadeus!

Dianne Velez | Feb 09, 2012 | 8:53 am

Anyone know where I can get a high resolution print of either the front of the palladium of the famous lit up stairwell?

Warren | Dec 15, 2011 | 6:27 am

What happened to DJ Mojo who worked the Saturday nights?

EVANGELIST | Dec 15, 2011 | 1:34 am

HAALAA-- levogueman@gmail.com (347) 329 4465

EVANGELIST | Dec 15, 2011 | 1:34 am

HAALAA-- levogueman@gmail.com (347) 329 4465

robin | Dec 05, 2011 | 10:48 pm


robin | Dec 05, 2011 | 10:43 pm

Paladium will always be in our hearts.the music,people was the place to be there will never ever be a place again like it. i use to dance until my feet hurt.just talking about it makes me wanted to dance!!!!!!!!!!......,

robin | Dec 05, 2011 | 10:37 pm

it will never be another club like the PALADIUM.and the joy,and love that u got from there will always be in our heart.

John Smith | Nov 24, 2011 | 9:09 pm

I heard about a great website about Palladium, Before and After


Dj Kidd Susk1 KFH | Sep 10, 2011 | 8:16 pm

I remember going to the Palladium with some friends to see Crystal Waters perform her hit "Gypsy Woman"(She's Homeless)....It was so dope-with one of the Best Times I've ever Had!

Dj hedi | Aug 04, 2011 | 5:52 am



You all will be suprised...

MICHAEL HUGHES | Aug 03, 2011 | 10:52 pm

I was an avid club kid and the Palladium was my all time favorite.during that time I went to almost every special event and party that was at the club.I also saved all the invitations for many special events and the fab partiesI still have them some times look at to remember when clubs were fun and special Ithink that the palladium was part of n.y.history enjoyed article thank m.h.

Discotheques2Save | Jul 01, 2011 | 9:09 am

Hey Does anyone else know where I can get photos of the Palladium inside and outside i'm working with a group of partners that want to invest into a night club I came across the Palladium and thought it would be a great scene to remake. I am also born and raised out of NYC myself... info and pics please thanks

Danton | Apr 29, 2011 | 8:41 am

My fondest memory of the Palladium on 14th street in NYC was at a party hosted by radio station 107.5 FM, WBLS. Man what a turnout. Those were the days of the Chief Radio Rocker in NYC, Frankie Crocker. But, I digress. Timmy Regisford was playing that particular night. He did something I have NEVER heard any other DJ do then or since....Timmy played three different sets of music: Rap/Hip Hop, R&B, and then HOUSE! And he killed all three sets!!!! He started off his house set with Lamont Dozier's Going Back to My Roots and soon as we heard the opening piano chords we got crunk. That's the sign of great DJ when you can remember his mixes and the way he laid down his sets. Timmy is today's Maestro!!
Keep Banging!!!

John B | Apr 21, 2011 | 1:14 pm

I spent many nights rockn n rollin at the Academy of Music on 14th street. When i heard that it had been turned into a disco i mourned for many months. What a tragic end for such a wonderful place.

backinthehouse | Apr 20, 2011 | 1:28 pm

Hi There, i am actually finalizing a 120movie/docu about the club scene from the mid90s, very professionnal, not amateur...i found this forum very interesting...i am actually living in France, and i will probably release my movie end of the year...
Do not hesitate to send me your feedback and if some of you have some footage to share, you are welcome...
Also anybody gots some early, rare, past and amateurs videos ?
Drop me a mess on djhedi@orange.fr
Peace !

puerto rican curves | Feb 12, 2011 | 8:58 am

I was looking for info on a Japanese rock band that performed at the Palladium for the designer Yohji Yamamoto's birthday in the 1980s, and here I am! No closer to the name of the band, but love reading all the comments.

This really takes me back. I wasn't at the Palladium EVERY week, but I went often in the '80s and remember always feeling like I made a hell of an entrance on those lighted stairs. I remember dancing on a speaker once or twice. Losing a couple of guys in the crowd who were NOT the one for me. My invite to the Yamamoto birthday celebration in the VIP Room by a sweet friend of mine. We lost touch so long ago, but he was fab. I always arrived with friends and left with the same ones. (We weren't all getting freaky.)

Most fun & funniest memory: It was, I think, 1990 and it was a Mexican music sunday night. Wow, it was a sea of jet black hair. I got my JLo bum royally grabbed. Apparently Aztec asses fall a little flat. My boyfriend patiently stalked the guy (who was sh*tting bricks all the way upstairs) just to finally squeeze his butt right back. I laughed so much.

And I, at 5'4" was looking pretty tall that night. We were definitely not into the mex music, but it didn't matter. I was with my sweetie who was trying to make up with me. Which I did 'make up' with my future former husband. On those crowded and way too bright bleachers. Good times. I'll share the edited version with our daughter ^,^

Matt | Jan 08, 2011 | 9:15 pm

"Wow, that is a good idea. Lets all get together, a Palladium reunion. We are all older, but what the heck. The mental image is funny, a bunch of 40 somethings screwing in the bathroom in a lounge.

Posted Apr 18, 10 | 12:13 pm by NJGirl"

NJ Girl...lets hook up. I live in NJ too. Lets meet and talk about old times.

| Dec 20, 2010 | 1:35 pm

The Paladium was the spot to be at on Thursday- Latin night. After most of the fellas kinda grew out of the b-boy/hip hop scene. Salsa night was the place to be. We used to party all WEEK. Monday- Village Gate
Tues- Old Copa Cabana
Wed.- Shanghi Red in NJ
Thurs- Paladium
Fri- SAT- Hit em all!!! Broadway 96 etc....
Sunday- Chicken soup day.
Ralfi Mercado was the best promoter. He kept the Paladium jumping w/ all the RMM STARS.

moradossss | Sep 27, 2010 | 6:06 pm


suzanne | Sep 20, 2010 | 3:49 pm

I lived in New York in the mid 80's and went the first time to the Palladium in 85 when I was 18 and fresh out of Kansas. I remember the bleachers first hand, not sure how I feel about that now, but at the time it was the most decadent fantastic party ever. I literally ran through the club the first time I was there it was so huge. I still remember the pay phones with all the toy planes crashing into them...
Anyone remember a door man named Max?

SoSa Luciano | Jul 26, 2010 | 3:23 pm

Man I spent many a nytes at the Palladium. It was the first place me and my sister hit on Friday nyte. We have so many memories of that place. I would love to share them all but some are pretty incriminating and god the memories of the michael todd room, wow. I saw so many up and coming acts there and i was so sad when it closed it doors. I have never experienced a place like it ever since.

yoko3159 | Jul 08, 2010 | 11:15 am

true that!!

Luc Dyrkacz | Jul 08, 2010 | 1:59 am

Wednesday morning July 7, 2010 between 1:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. at a gay venue and in a restaurant 3 guys in their 60s and one guy 49 in South Florida were talking about discos and gay discos from the 60s until now. No one today has any idea if they are under 30 or even 35. Prince Maurice de Tallyrand, the Foreign Minister for the Directory, Consulate, Napoleon, Louis XVIII, and I think Charles X if not Louis-Philippe is famous for saying those who did not live before the French Revolution of 1789 did not know what life was,i.e. could be beautiful and a pleasure. Those today who have never seen a Roxy, Palladium, USA, Limelight, really don't know what partying is.

Jim | Jun 22, 2010 | 10:42 pm

I was there on that last night of the Palladium. I can remember walking down those lit stairs and into a sea of flesh on the dance floor as Junior spun his magic. We were all transformed that night. The video wall came down low over my head, followed by these spinning orbs that were like flying saucers....it was the MOST amazing experience....I will never forget that night...I remember looking up into the mezzanine level and saw the silhouettes of what looked like thousands of people dancing. Just bodies in motion to the rhythm of the beat. I remember thinking, I am in the Coliseum in Rome...I had never seen so many people in a club and on so many levels dancing. The crowd was electric and friendly too. I never wanted it to end. To this day, I have never had another experience like it. And I have traveled the world clubbing in the best parties and venues. Nothing will come close to Palladium. I'm so grateful to have had the experience. If you want to capture a Palladium moment, download Chicane Live at the Palladium....beautiful music. Peace.

Tommy | Apr 30, 2010 | 4:36 pm

Oh yeah...!! Bathroom sex. And didn't you ever see and/or man/women in the bathroom stalls???

Tragg | Apr 29, 2010 | 9:23 am

Please clarify, my experience at Palladium was '85- '89. Was this bleacher sex of which you speak happening then?

yoko3159 | Apr 26, 2010 | 10:41 am

c'mon now...tmi. There are far more nicer things to remember...and it wasn't all about sex cause I chose not to sit on the bleachers and still had a blast.

treker | Apr 22, 2010 | 3:43 pm

Miss out on the sex?? It was all over the place. Didn't you ever sit in the bleachers...the guy sitting down with the women bopping up and down on top facing foward.

Tragg | Apr 20, 2010 | 5:56 pm

How did I miss out on all this sex just because I was sniffing coke and dancing feverishly to "Oh Lamour" on top of a sub-woofer.
Can 50 somethings come to the reunion as well?

emerald | Apr 20, 2010 | 4:13 pm

I think of those time often. Some good, some bad. I actually got drunk there too, but wound up in a back room with a bunch of guys. I think one of them slipped something into my drink.

NJGirl | Apr 18, 2010 | 12:13 pm

Wow, that is a good idea. Lets all get together, a Palladium reunion. We are all older, but what the heck. The mental image is funny, a bunch of 40 somethings screwing in the bathroom in a lounge.

Mattie | Apr 18, 2010 | 6:16 am

Oh, the good and bad memories. My club days of my youth. The "all nighters", taking the train back home at 6am dying to get back home to my bed to crash all day. I only did the bathroom thing once and was totally buzzed. My girlfriends got me drunk on my birthday. Have no clue who my partner was, but all I faintly remember is being inside a stall in the mens bathroom.

candacereed | Apr 18, 2010 | 12:18 am

If Louiseuk sees this post, yes it is Candace. Please respond to cahlin05@yahoo.com

Eatme | Apr 17, 2010 | 7:09 am

Yes...oh yes. Remember the benches in the bathrooms were the girls would pull up the skirts and sit on the guys and have intercourse. They would go from one guy to the next. And the girls in the guys stalls. The bleachers too.

MMM | Apr 16, 2010 | 7:30 pm

All the sex in there, amazing. I remember hooking up several times in the upper bleachers having sex with total strangers. Days of unprotected sex. Times have changed.

Jwels | Apr 15, 2010 | 8:53 pm

The Palladium was the place to be for great times! My friends and I would go party on Fridays and Saturday nights from 1986 to 1988! I have awesome memories of that place...the music the crowd it was amazing! I was sad to hear of its end...guess one things for sure it left lots of unforgettable memories for all of us that were lucky enough to have experienced it!

Michael Tronn | Apr 03, 2010 | 1:58 am

I hung out at Palladium from the time I was 15 till I was 17 or so! I think it was the most amazing club ever, and it is an architectural crime that was not preserved!

Many wonderful nights were spent there!!!

matthew | Mar 20, 2010 | 8:38 pm

I remember and love the Palladium. I went for New Year's Eve 1995. It was a Viva Las Vegas theme. Junior was spinning. Billie Ray Martin performed some of her hits, it was fierce. I was also there for the Wigstock after party 1995. Of course I was there opening night of Arena. That was fierce. I remember they stopped letting in females unless they were with a drag queen. So many memories...

Jerry Kurl | Jan 14, 2010 | 9:11 pm

I LOVED the Palladium. The first time I went was for gay pride in 1989 to see Gloria Gaynor. It was my first big NYC nightclub and I loved the architecture, and only regret not getting to see many parts of the club/building that were never operational due to the enormousity if the place. Supposedly, Michael Alig tried for years to get Peter Gatien to let him open another floor that is said to have been as large as the main floor upstairs. Kenny Kenny is a doll. Remember the Engine room anyone?? When it became Arena it was absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, I missed the closing night. I was and am so saddened that NYU tore it down.

| Dec 28, 2009 | 6:42 am

I was at the Palladium 1986.
I'm From Italy, i think this disco the best disco in the world!
Tnx good 4 know this "Inferno-Paradise"

Warren | Dec 15, 2009 | 10:11 am

My memories started in 1987 and ended in 1991 when I moved to Rochester, NY to work at Kodak.
I remember driving from Queens over the 59th street bridge and making it downtown before 10PM on a Saturday night so I could pay $5 to get in. I remember when it got crowded and they lifted the house up to open the floor. I remember Lisa and her fishnet outfit. I remember dancing on the speakers. The one the right near the bar when you faced the stage. Now I have to dig up the tapes that I made my sister record for me on Hot97 while I was at the club. I remember the pizza place next door we would go to after leaving the club.
Those were the days that will never be forgotten.

Louiseuk | Oct 28, 2009 | 4:53 pm

Oh my god Candace this has to be you!! Do you remember me you used to all me Sam Fox Ha!!!This is spooky I was reading a diary only last night from my time in NY and was laughing to myself what we got up to!! Oh and Mr Otis never new he was so popular and to think I was so starry eyed with him (I was only 19 he was fit as we say in the UK! And all his friends (Douglas if your reading this what are you all up to these days. I need to get some photos on here infact you took them of Otis and sent them to me. We have to get in touch I hope you read this soon. The Palladium and NYC the best time of my life and what an eye opener Ha!!!

Candace | Oct 23, 2009 | 10:16 pm

As a young woman of only 18 years old in 1989 I can tell you that the Palladium is forever etched in my mind. Coming from a small town in Montana to the city lights of NY, I was awestruck the first time I was "allowed in" the club because I knew the security guys pretty well. Needless to say that when it came time for a Friday paycheck, I was on my way into the city, exiting the building at 5 am, wobble to Penn Station and made the ride back home to my nanny job. That was all I looked forward to, five dollar Heineken in a bottle, dancing with a bunch of latino boys on top of the dance floor speakers and feeling utterly euphoric. I will never be able to replace the memory with another great time in my life. Its too bad that they tore it down, I never knew that until years later. I dont remember one concert name that I saw there, doesnt matter, they rocked my world in such a good way. Being there to ring in the new year in 1989 was memorable, how could it not be. Rest in peace the memory of the Palladium, I wish that I could have saved just one brick of the building and place it in my yard, as a reminder of my wild youth far from the sunsets of Montana.

Dr. Claustrum | Oct 02, 2009 | 7:37 pm

Anyone happen to have photos of (re)opening night? I think it was 5/14/85. I was there with the ecstatic throng and, to the best of my knowledge (and that of the guard at the exit with whom I swapped a pin at daybreak), I was the last patron to vacate the premises. Just one more night? Sure, if that night lasted FOREVER. haha

Brooklyn Peach | Oct 01, 2009 | 12:40 pm

I started hitting the clubs on the lower east side in 1977 when I was 16, and the next year saw my first big name concert at the Palladium: UFO, with ACDC as opener (UFO blew ACDC away, in my opinion). A great, huge theater, with a crystal chandelier the size of a Volkswagon hanging from the ceiling, that shook so much we thought it would come crashing down...would love to know seating capacity (4000?) a big, dusty, old grande dame of a theater, emininetly fitted for the decayed grandeur of the NY club scene in the late 70's. Saw several more big acts there which I can't remember, and the Kinks NYE 1980-81...great show...great venue...was sad to hear at the time it had been clubized, but since people had so much fun, it's ok, but sad to have lost the only mid-sized venue in Manhattan that could take the knocks.

SDV | Sep 14, 2009 | 10:29 am

With the Fall air, comes a nostalgic longing for the old Palladium. There was nothing in the World like the feeling that came over you as you walked down those steps into the dance area. I remember running into Nas up in the bleachers up top, which seemed to function as a sort of short stay motel. The Palladium spoiled me, as did other clubs in Manhattan during the 1990's. If it wasn't the first 3000 women wearing white, I just didn't want to hear about it. I remember this one girl with died blonde hair from LES who dressed better than any female in Manhattan. She used to invent new reggae ticks right there on the floor, and for the next two years you could see this dance spread to Jersey and end up in music videos. I used to always see her there and at the Pizza spot at 4:30 AM on 14th St.. I remember Havoc from Mobb Deep kicking it, getting numbers, while bullets flew overhead from a passing Wrangler full of Chelsea portorocs. A few hundred people in line outside.

I remember all of the goddesses that I had real moments with, only to part ways in the crowd. I remember rolling out of this place at 5:30 in the morning, with a pass to come back for just $20. One night, I saw Biggie, Pun, Ghost, Rae, Cormega, AZ & Nas perform. I remember Flex with the 'don't stop, get it, get it'" We used to gear up at the Ralph Lauren Mansion, and come through with the Teddy Bear towels, fresh cuts from Astor Place, etc.. I often wonder where everyone is and what they are doing. Nowadays, people get excited if there are 400 people in a club. It just is not the same. It never will be.

Tragg | Jun 20, 2009 | 8:47 pm

In the summer of '85 I was taken against my disco hating will by 2 friends to PALLADIUM and my life was changed forever!
The grand entrance, stairs, Sound system and of course veri-lights bluew my mind. for the first time ever I danced with hundreds of strangers united in one crazy spirit to "Into The Groove", "Susudio" and of best of all "You Spin Me". The comming out experience was so profound I immediately went back to Boston and quit my engineering career to become a nightclub DJ.
I am forever endebted to Madonna, Steve Rubell and some anonymous dancers who danced with me on those speakers and helped me free myself forever.
I go down 14th Street often when I'm in NY and ALWAYS get misty and think If I could have only one more night....
I have lots of pix to swap with anyone interested.

smckenzie | Jun 01, 2009 | 6:43 pm


I'm looking for anyone who worked at Palladium in the Summer and Fall of 1986. It's actually kind of important so if anyone has any info about someone by the name of John S---- that you may have worked with or knew please please let me know.


beautifull lady | May 24, 2009 | 1:34 am

I have a question for anyone whom can answer... Does anyone remember the day that Grupo Niche played live at the Palladium in 1989... some latin bunny has to recall?

beautifull lady | May 24, 2009 | 1:28 am

The Palladium, hold's a very special place in my heart for an eternity... This is where I met my husband and have been together for the past 26 years & have a handsome son now 16yrs old. It was love at first sight. The music,the crowds, it was just the place you wanted to be at and hang with your friends, hot nite 6 I won tickets & WOW it was the bomb, hot 95 nite when La India was a guest & shouted "HOT 97" was the funniest does anyone remember she got BOO-ED LMAO... We truly miss it... till this day we have yet to find a club with the PALLADIUM's awesome music & atmosphere...
Well I guess we just have our wonderful memories and all the fun times...

keithd | May 20, 2009 | 9:24 pm

But who can remember the name of the girl wearing her fur , who decided who would be let in for the night ??

Jojo59 | Apr 09, 2009 | 10:50 am

OMG, I only went to the Palladium one time in 1987 or 88, I was on vacation from PR and my then former boyfriend, who was a bouncer there, took me. But I did everything, danced on the speakers, the volleyball, the room upstairs, (not the bleacher thing)WOW. All your memories brought back that special night in my life which was one of the happiest. Thanks for sharing.

rw2566 | Apr 07, 2009 | 3:58 am

Many memories of the Palladium in the late 90's..by far one of the best nightclubs in NYC ( along w/ others such as, Vinyl, Roxy's,and Copa). Walking in there was an amazing feeling, I was in awe... it was huge..Def some good good times there! They don't make Clubs like that anymore.....

Bruce "G" | Jan 24, 2009 | 7:20 pm

Just so all of you know before there was the palladium at that location, there was a Giant Movie theatre in the Style of Radio City Music Hall. It was Called the Acadamey of Music, its sister theatre is still open in Brooklyn as the BAM. It was a beautiful theatre going back to the silent film era having stage shows and an organ player. It was also famous for having one of New YOrks Most famous Billiard Palors on its first floor if I remember it was called Obriens. It had tables running for a whole block and every great pool hustler cut his teeth there including Minnisita fats. 14ths street was a great venus for Immigrants and entertainment and when the 60's came things started to change people moved away and 14th street changed. The building that housed the Academy of Music should never have been Torn down, it should have been changed into an entertanment venue just like BAM but money talks. And NYU which owns the property in the middle of the night tore it down before landmark status could be obtained and now we have a dormitory for there students instead of an arts facility for the community.

Bruce G
former General Manager of the Underground on Union Square

Fred M. | Dec 20, 2008 | 2:28 pm

Hey Robert...I was head of security at the Paladawhopper from 6/86 - 10/87. Can't remember you without a last name. Were you security? Do you remember me? My boss was Chuck. Ring any bells? Tom Meade was my assistant. And Scott Sturnick? Get back to me if you remember....

j mac farlane | Dec 16, 2008 | 5:09 am

I have to say that Palladium was to me the best dance club of our time, I spent so much time there in the 90's and it was awesome.I have seen many posted comments about Otis Sims and i agree that there is no one then who danced or moved like he did, it was trully an expierience to watch him dance.I spent time with him outside of the club but no nothing of him for many, many years.I hope he is well.

tearose | Dec 11, 2008 | 4:53 am

In July 1986, the unveiling of the newly renovated Statue of Liberty was on display attracting every tourist the world over, but sending most New Yorkers packing. This at-the-time 23 year old California girl, along with her best friend, jumped on a last minute Peoples Express flight (remember them?!?) to Newark to be a part of the historical scene.

While touring the city, post July 4th festivities, we had the good fortune of meeting actor Marjoe Gortner at the Hard Rock Caf. I say good fortune because the waitress there was trying to turn our table and we had exceeded our welcome (translation: tab paid, time to go). Eric Burden was just starting an impromptu jam session with Paul Shaffer and no one wanted to go. I leaned over to the table where Mr. Gortner was sitting alone and asked if he was the actor in the movie Earthquake. Somehow, that was the right question and voil , were chatting it up and enjoying the show.

Because we were so charming (hmmm), we received a follow-up invite from Mr. Gortner to visit the Palladium with him and his friend, attorney Richard Golub, where the latter wanted to spin his new single I Hate My Lawyer. We met at Mr. Golubs (outrageous) flat on the upper eastside, sipped frozen Finlandia vodka from plush leopard printed chairs under Andy Warhol paintings of Mr. Golubs ex, and then we piled into a limo and headed to the Palladium.

The evening was a blur, thanks to the Finlandia, but the first impression when entering will forever be etched in my mind. I think we went on a Monday, which was gay night. The draggers were fabulous!

P.S. They wouldnt spin Golubs track and he left in a huff.

kevin | Nov 16, 2008 | 4:53 pm

Just found out the lighted stairs have been moved to an event space in tribeca called Tribeca rooftop/ I posted the pictures on this site but see them at


Ulf | Nov 13, 2008 | 1:24 am

Yes, I'm glad to see the Palladium still rocks!

I've been there Sept. '87 when I was on vacation to the Big Apple and it's allways in my memory!

I'll be back sometime...

Greetings from Bremen, Germany

Jackie | Oct 29, 2008 | 4:48 pm

wow! reading all this blows my mind! recharging my memory...MT room, Madonna's home coming party, draped myself in one of the lace table clothes for the train ride home! The invitation may be well preserved in my box o goodies!

Rick Yukon | Oct 11, 2008 | 4:02 pm

>> You only had a $100 bar tab for the night?
>> Were you @ the right club

Lessee ... I remember the third floor bar at Danceteria was two drinks and a tip for $10. And then I could poach drinks by about 1:00 am or so to make sure I had $10 for the cab.

When you gave your girl a drink That was mixed from a few drinks that you poached from the bar, that was called a "Lyndon." Probably a bit of backwash too.

lorie | Oct 09, 2008 | 2:03 am


You only had a $100 bar tab for the night? Were you @ the right club

Rick Yukon | Oct 08, 2008 | 11:45 am

Carlos, Palladium wasn't just a "decent club in the Big Apple," it had a piece of all of our hearts. It's like calling a Monet a "decent painting in the Louvre."

You're not from the City, you wouldn't know.

Rick Yukon | Oct 06, 2008 | 6:48 pm

It was magic, and it was never supposed to end. We were somehow shoehorned in between all of the people in NYC who were making money, and all the rest that didn't know any better. Palladium wasn't the destination, it was the gateway. We would start there and wind our way through Area, Danceteria, Siberia, Robots ... later on came MK's, Mr. Fuji's, Horatio, Tunnel, Nells and a hundred others of which I can't remember the names.

We always had the same goal, not to get laid, but to find love. And the chickitas that would love you had to see you dance. So you danced, and maybe you got good at it, and then the lovely would take you home, and use you up like a Kleenex, and even though you had balls and could fight a pretty good bar fight you still cried when she didn't want to see you again. Like a toddler that had his toy swiped, except it was your heart. So you would go back ... never on a Friday or Saturday, those were amateur nights, Bridge and Tunnel nights. And you might go on a Sunday even though it was Gay night all over the city, but Tuesday and Thursday nights were yours.

And when you looked back on it, you couldn't believe how beautiful the women were, some straight from their jobs at Young and Rubicam or the receptionist at Nestle, whatever. They only needed to tickle your palm with those lovely fingers and then they had you, and you knew they were going to use you for your d*ck, and you pretended to your friends that this was all you wanted anyway, but they all knew it was a lie, you wanted one of them to make you whole.

AIDs messed the whole thing up, it killed the scene like Bikini Atoll, and we had nothing left. But I still think back to those days ... for a tiny sliver of time, I could take the millionaire's daughter from her daddy's apartment on Madison Avenue right through the front door at some hidden after-hours club, and suddenly we were equalized. She was no longer the flawless human, and I was no longer the kind of guy that had to pretend not to care about the $100 bar tab. She needed me, and I pretended not to need her. But when a boy grows up on food stamps, he can't leave her $5,000 Coco Chanel dress on the floor, he has to hang it up, and then she wakes up naked in the morning and sees the dress on the hangar, the truth is out, she and he are as different creatures as a seagull and a pigeon. She has to marry the kind of guy that can leave her dress on the floor.

And that was the magic of Palladium, it was the doorway to this alternate reality where the girl with the backpack doesn't eventually get dumped by the trust-fund Eurotrash, after Au Bar and a long night. It was the place where love would win, even though we all found out that love never wins because reality could only be suspended by the lights and mirrors and video screens in a few islands of magic in nightclubs like these. And once 2:00 am comes, and the bouncers toss the beguiled into the street for them to wander somewhere else ... eventually the truth always comes out ... love is dying, love is dead.

Palladium was just another club. But it was the poster child for all of those clubs. They knocked it down and killed the magic because they had to show us that they not only own our bodies and our minds, but they own our dreams too.

lorie | Oct 01, 2008 | 5:08 am

just read your posting Sorry if I didn't realise that dude was everywhere.....I was a 17 year old from Upstate NY, first time in the City. Just glad someone else saw him too. Also, I apologise for the wrong spelling of "PEEK"
Good thing we have someone like you pointing out these things...
Have a wonderful Day...

Thomas Smith AKA DJ JAMS | Oct 01, 2008 | 4:48 am

I was a DJ there for 3-4 months until 1018 opened and I took a residency there. I was a back up DJ for Dalphe Blue Sorry if I spelled it wrong. When Glenn Frishca started doing Hot 103.5 then hot 97.7 mixes there. I remember the new music seminar party there in 86 or 87 it's all a blur and we arrived early and the village curtains were still down on the dance floor. Remember MTV's Club dance show there


Harry | Sep 07, 2008 | 2:53 pm

Hi Everyone!
I am searching for a poster of Jerry Garcia's performances at The Palladium in 1977, 1981 and 1982. Any inside venue photos would be great also!

Thanks for any help.


Tony Di Gregorio | Sep 03, 2008 | 8:26 am

Robbie Leslie and Dwayne Holt Were both DJs at Studio 54 for John Blair adn then they were both spinning for John Blair at The Palladium Robbie Leslie was splendid at the Ice palice in Fire island.

dj ezd | Aug 15, 2008 | 10:16 am

Dwayne Holt was absolutely the funkiest DJ I ever herd mix at the Palladium. He always played records no other DJ played. And he always used a lot of bass. DJ John Hall was hot too, he was in the michael tood room.

Paul M | Jul 27, 2008 | 3:13 pm

Memories of Sat. nights...Not getting in, till one. Packed as Hell. Walking up the illuminated stair case. Listening to CASANOVA. ripping it up.. Then the infamous. PALLADIUM......MAKEEE SOOOMMMMEEE FUUUCKKINNN NNOISEEEE... Heading to the second floor bar.. then up the opra stairs, to damn near the top. when the music gets lower. Then burn an joint. LET THE NIGHT BEGIN.... Dance till we get kicked out. Talk about THE PALLADIUM every time the club word is mentioned.. Fridays the LIMELIGHT, UNDERGROUND, HOMEBASE,THE BANK.. PALLADIUM WAS THE HOUSE OF GOD.... THE BIRTHPLACE OF REAL TECHNO...

carlos hernandez | Jul 01, 2008 | 9:18 am

I was there at the palladium grand opening night. late summer of 1985. steve rubell, grace jones and her then boyfriend dolph lundgren of rocky IV fame were all there having a great time. awesome night club. I became a fixture there once studio 54 had closed. always had a great time with my boys ANGEL GRANDE, ANDRE QUINTANA, ORLANDO MARTINEZ, BOBBY CASTILLO, VINNY DEMAIO, AND CARLOS ALVAREZ.

ramon molina | Jun 26, 2008 | 1:53 am

if anyone has pictures of the palladium during arena or bump or even earlier please please please email me some pics. i was there when it finally closed down. the "PALLADIUM" was my studio 54. my home away from home. the micheal todd room, the bleachers, the oversized mantles on each side of the stairs. i loved chillin on the 2nd floor looking down at the sea of bodies on the dance floor. i called it the river of flesh. ofcourse we also enjoyed chillin out in the ladies room. and dancing on those giant speakers. when the curtain was pulled back to make more space we would all head to the dance floor. i will never forget junior or kevin or alex. you know who i speak of. i love all of you who shared my experience

CLUBGOER 1991-1994 | Jun 18, 2008 | 6:21 am

The reason is because I've never seen someone take dancing so artistically. I've never seen some one dance like he did. It seem Euro-style dancing. I'm from the Bronx NY, and I became acquainted with one of his friends, who was a dominican as I was -ok!

giancarlo | Jun 13, 2008 | 3:20 am

pls im disco music lover and collector of vinyls..pls someone suggest me a good place for hear this wonderful music in nyc?im comin there next week..thanks a lot!

Anna | May 22, 2008 | 12:31 am

...oh I remember Otis fondly! We were a crowd from Sweden hanging out with him and his friends in 87/88. Loved the way he was dancing. I went back to NY recently and sadly found out that Palladium was no more. Miss both Otis and the place!

Moira | May 04, 2008 | 2:54 pm

Hey CLUBGOER 1991-1994, Do you remember a guy that used to dance on the speakers (he wore spandex and had strings or shoelacers hanging from his wrists)?

LOUISES | May 02, 2008 | 12:43 pm


vyniljunkie | Mar 16, 2008 | 6:52 am

whoa, why all the hate,? Did I do you harm in some way? Maybe you didn't realize that I was making a "Joke". You do know that in New York City there are an unbelievable amount of strange people. I was trying to make a joke about that. Forgive me if I offended you somehow. You don't know me? I am a really honest and nice guy. I wasn't being bad, I was trying to be funny. Sorry that my sense of humor offended you. Friends??

lucdyrkacz | Mar 16, 2008 | 5:25 am

Maybe the reason US discos are dead and the few small ones that exist make you go home early is because people like vyniljunkie are around! KEEP HIM IN THE STATES, PLEASE!

vyniljunkie | Mar 14, 2008 | 8:38 pm

It sounds like LORIE met one of those SPECIAL people that New York City tends to have. That GUY was everywhere! In every DISCO in town I saw this guy taking a "peek". It was the same guy??

lorie | Feb 28, 2008 | 3:27 am

I love it.... does anyone remember around 87-88. the guy who would wear like mime make-up,b/w shirt and hide his face behind a open newspaper. He would stand by the stairs on the way down to bathrooms and public phones(what are they)and sneak a peak @ you, he was a trip.This place brought out the best in everyone. There never will be a club like it....EVER

J-Unit | Feb 24, 2008 | 1:11 pm

Was the Palladium shut down due to the murder of bouncer Marcus Peterson on Thanksgiving 1990?

vyniljunkie | Feb 16, 2008 | 7:12 pm

The Palladium has been around, under one name or another for about thirty years. It was a theater that played to overflow crowds whenever a name group was there. A vast array of fantastic deejays played there. one of the largest sound and light shows ever. A meat market, that featured live sex ever few corners. Lots of drugs and prostitution made it easy to get laid. From that perspective, it was a 10, but as far as a DISCO is concerned, the real DISCO era was before the Palladium's time. A solid 9 on my scale from 1 to 10.

Steven Palmer | Feb 12, 2008 | 4:01 pm

The best Grateful Dead show I ever saw was at the Palladium on April 30, 1977. The Hells Angels were roaming around that evening. I also saw the New Riders of the Purple Sage there a couple of times, and the Pretenders in the early 80s.

Janet Moses | Feb 08, 2008 | 12:41 pm

I remember going to the PALLADIUM all the time in the late 70' and early 80'. Oone time I went with my friend Jackie and slipped on a banana peel. We would wear the HUEVO PANTS!!!!!!!

clubgoer 1991-1994 | Feb 07, 2008 | 10:33 am

I can't believe that Otis Simms has not replied or come across this website even by chance. Maybe he's still shocked that the 90's over.

Chris | Feb 05, 2008 | 10:20 pm

Wunderbar and Peggy Sue's

Luc Dyrkacz | Jan 20, 2008 | 8:47 pm

Probably one of the greatest clubs in history. The Limelight and maybe USA could compare, Paragon and sometimes Warsaw in South Beach, I am told the Paradise Garage was great, and so was the Saint. Yet somehow the decorations there were better than the others.

I lived within walking distance, so I could walk home and sobre up for part of the time it was opened.

Not to sound like a johnny one note, last New Year's Eve "Sensations" in Duesseldorf was featured on German tv and it's decor reminded me of the place, also the people, mostly straight, but large groups of gays and lesbians. I am going to Carnavale in Duesseldorf to see what the place is like in real life. But, I will never forget walking downstairs to the "play rooms" at this place!

~*M*~ | Jan 13, 2008 | 12:10 pm

...heard they did a reunion about a summer or 2 ago but I missed it, (found out a LOT of ol' skool folks actually showed!) Did any1 here go???

nick | Jan 12, 2008 | 5:41 pm

I have been about 20 years ago at Palladium. It was on two floors, salsa music, best latin people in NY. I don't remember the location does it exist anymore? Yo estube en el Palladium, excelente disco-salsa hace unos 25 anios atras, sigue existiendo y adonde esta ubicado el lugar?
QUE DULCES RECUERDOS!!! No cre que era el de la calle 14. saludos y gracias

Robert | Jan 05, 2008 | 1:57 am

i remember in the 80's when i used to work there. it was the best time that i ever had. i wish that i could get in touch with all the bouncers that i used to work with they were the best. also the girl at the front Michelle the one with the crazy white hair.anyone out there that used to work there in the 80's get back at me.

xtinava | Jan 01, 2008 | 5:04 pm

My introduction to Palladiu wsa the night of my High School Prom. I had also just begun modelling and was accompanied by my cousin who hung out with Otis. I am so happy and proud to have had my club experience begin at Palladium. I will never ever forget those magical nights in the Mike Todd room and have never experienced anything like it elsewhere in clubs elsewhere in the US (NY, Miami, LA) or Europe.Middle East (Barcelona, Ibiza, Beirut). Miss those days....I would love to download some of the big dance tunes from those days...anyone know a good site to visit?? xoxoxo

Rebu Sanz | Dec 13, 2007 | 10:08 pm

When is Palladium a gay party?? I visit NYC for de Christmas Week and I want go a gay party.

Deepak | Dec 13, 2007 | 3:12 am

I miss the Palladium. Very upset at NYU for destroying the building. Some of the best things about the place were the stairs, the huge ceilings, the lightup walls, the multi televisions. And of course, the house music DJs.

apc | Nov 24, 2007 | 7:46 am

I too remember all these great times. Use to get in everywhere without having to go through the terrible waiting in line. I was friends with some kids from Interview, plus Don Munroe who was directing music videos for The Cars. We'd hang out with Cosima (von Bullow), Linda (Evangelista), Stephen Sprouse, Tama Janovich.... Fun times.

~!MR PR!~ | Nov 24, 2007 | 7:23 am

WOOOAH...DoNNaLiSa u just took me back BIGtime!!!

Donnalisa | Nov 24, 2007 | 5:05 am

I LIVED at the Palladium Friday and Saturday nights from 1985ish to 90 something. WAS THE ONLY ONE ALLOWED TO HANG IN THE DJ BOOTH VIP AREA! EVEN when Rubell would come in. Had my own private bathroom, entrance and exit. Martin was so cool (worked the lights/strobes). When I would go and dance he'd make the place dark and only put 1 light on me dancing. How I thought I was somebody back then... was a model at the time and TOOK OVER NYC. Danced with David, Peaches, Otis and the gang on the speakers on the left, then pizza! We never drank - just danced!! MAN was I in excellent shape. After "our show" we'd head off downtown to SAVE THE ROBOTS - which is in David Byrnes video now.

NEVER waited in any line, or PAID; Nells, Limelight (with the Rockefellers), Stringfellows (AUGH PETER), Dezerland, Tunnel, Emerald City, but Palladium was a MUST to start with! SO many more stories & memorabilia....

Now when I look back; who I knew, met and how I didnt pay attention, thought it would LAST FOREVER.

trfkar | Nov 22, 2007 | 12:20 pm

I'm actually looking for someone who worked at Palladium in 1986. I would like to get in contact with the person who posted the following comment

"PALLADIUM" not the palladium.Yep I worked there for 3 years or so id say like 84 to like 87 or so.We still have old posters and Pics and lots of other stuff we saved.Good memories.Does anyone remember Steve Rubell passing out on the dance floor? LOL.
Posted by: JAY | Jun 10, 07 | 6:03 pm

If anyone has information about how I could contact this person or anyone else who would have information about the staff in 1986, it would be much appreciated.

Wee Kevin | Oct 19, 2007 | 12:06 pm

Broke my cherry at the getlaidium! What a scene-- Anybody remember the maitre d's Stan the man, whitney, 4 a night Tom!!
How bout the security aka disco police?
Tom Will, Fred Mett, the Kat man... Those were the days! peace!

MR PR | Aug 26, 2007 | 11:53 am

...and lets NOT 4get all the amaaazing guest dj sets and live performances!!! New Year's there was always bangin' too and it's a good thang' I worked there cuz' that club was 1 of the 1ST to charge those riduculously expensive admission fees sheeesh!

LOUISES | Aug 26, 2007 | 7:12 am


Pablopaul | Aug 24, 2007 | 2:00 pm

Otis was a great dancer as we all were, everyone with there on unique style. Those were some great times dancing on the Podium. You know Otis and then there was DAVID, DOUGLAS, ANDY, ERIC, ANGELO, and Myself. Great time late 80's early 90's dancing on the speakers and hanging out at the pizza shop.

RICHLU | Aug 21, 2007 | 11:05 am


geo | Aug 02, 2007 | 3:24 pm

rememver when the group menudo played and when it was 1 am and the upside down blue cross came down!!!!!!!!!

Isaac | Jul 24, 2007 | 10:21 am

I am an NYU student currently living on the site where the Palladium used to be. We are looking to somehow honor the club era of the building and our idea is to decorate the our walls with pictures from the era. Unfortunately we are having a hard time finding pictures from the location. If you happen to have any personal pictures or know where can we get images of what Palladium used to be, we would love to used them in memory of the great nightlife that took place here. Please send any info to ip412@nyu.edu

LOUISES | Jul 14, 2007 | 1:11 pm


kevin | Jun 21, 2007 | 5:49 pm

The palladium was my home - some weeks I would be there 5 nights out of the week - Tuesday night networking parties, then changed to Wednesday - of course Friday and Saturday and Sunday boys night - great great times. The house that came down on the dance floor was an homage to Saturday Night Fever - it had brroklyn scenes on the outside and was meant to be a mini 2001 Odyssey... the large walls would be lifted as the dance floor filled up - it got bigger as the night went on - remember the volleybakll net and the huge balloons that were thrown out into the crowd? I started hanging out there in 1985, but by the time it closed I was no longer a regular - but still went there - it was a MEGA club.... a nightclub holyland.

SLuRP aka MR PR | Jun 16, 2007 | 3:48 pm

SLuRP: http://www.MySpace.com/PReTTyBoy669NyC

...each and every post brought me back like y'all don't KNOW!!! I've found a LOT of the ole' heads, dj's, promotors and clubgoers from that era on MySpace of all places! Can't belieeeve apc hit it on the head with DANCETERIA, SAVE THE ROBOTS, etc.! They're all places I used to host at, (ANY1 remembers CLuB uSA, LIFE and STEVE LEWIS?!!) lol I think I could get a "REUNION" going just from this page alone. haha

Psst...shout out to LAURAANYC cuz' I'm most sure we did share a moment at some point.

DiscoDJboy | Jun 12, 2007 | 3:15 pm

Yes, folks do you remember about 1985-1989 the 4 sided room that dropped down and if you were dancing under it you would all of a sudden be dancing in a small room with a window & a door? The spinning video wall?

JAY | Jun 10, 2007 | 6:03 pm

"PALLADIUM" not the palladium.Yep I worked there for 3 years or so id say like 84 to like 87 or so.We still have old posters and Pics and lots of other stuff we saved.Good memories.Does anyone remember Steve Rubell passing out on the dance floor? LOL.

apc | May 26, 2007 | 11:12 am

The Mike Todd Room (vip?) parties are such a fond memory. I use to get invites because of Don Munro and we'd go hoping from place to place. AREA, downtown in tribeca before it got to be a cool place. Does anyone remember AREA? NELL'S, DANCETERIA, SAVE THE ROBOTS, even LIMELIGHT in the beginning. those were the times. I use to see Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. I would go straight home and take a shower before heading to work. There's never been a club scene to compare.

Thomas | May 20, 2007 | 9:36 am

Palladium was nice... very hot girls but Infinity was far better.

Efrain | May 15, 2007 | 7:59 am

Ah my home away from home! To Mark Vega: I went to several of those Keith Haring parties. I was a friend of his assistant, Benji. I still have a small pin of the angel with the x on it's chest on the wall of my office. I had MADD Keither Haring stuff but, as I'm sure you agree, we never thought those things would be collector's items. It was just "the thing." Keith was incredibly cool too. I discovered The Palladium through his parties.

Later, it became my home. My friend Manny worked there. I met a bouncer named Marcus who was killed outside on night on a Thanksgiving Thursday night. RIP. When Manny wasn't working we'd go and hang out at the last speaker on the left side, after the walls were raised. Every Saturday, a few Thursdays. We'd close the place out. Made some great friends there and solidified two life-long friendships that I have till this day!

Yep, I miss the Palladium.

ALAN | May 09, 2007 | 1:35 pm


joey | Apr 06, 2007 | 5:02 am

The sex going on in the bleachers and bathrooms were the best!

clubgoer 1991-1994 | Mar 06, 2007 | 1:53 am

Otis simms, I recall as being quiet but not introverted. I danced next to this guy for almost 2 years and never got to meet personally. I stopped going to this club and did not miss palladium after the "gay" scene got in vogue.
But, I must admit that it was definitely magical. Personally, I went only to dance, drink a bit, and met a few people. Otis used to hang out with 'the twins' who were part of a Dominican crowd that often met at palladium. I in particularly miss the way Otis danced. I believe his dance style was European inspired and most of us emulated that for the which I feel embarrassed to admit.

WShade | Feb 17, 2007 | 5:33 pm

Remember the curtains? Does anyone remember the curtains...? They used raise them as the crowd got bigger. Does anyone remember me and my friends voguing on top of each others shoulders? We were unmissable. Always hung out by the giant speaker in the middle of the left hand side of the dancefloor.

WShade | Feb 17, 2007 | 5:30 pm

Chris...I wish I could have been there for the last party. But, then again...knowing me I'd probably would have gotten bent and walked down to Washington Square and torched the Lubin School.

WShade | Feb 17, 2007 | 5:25 pm

Ahhhh...this is the reason why I hardly go clubbing anymore. THIS was my home, my sanctuary. I cut my teeth, clubbing wise, with this club in the early 1980s.

The biggest sin of all was that NYU, my alma mater, went and bulldozed it and built some monstrosity in its place.

The Thursday and Sunday nights spent on the second floor (the bleachers) and in the Michael Todd Room made me who I am today.

Sean | Feb 08, 2007 | 4:55 am

I was 18 years old in 1994 a senior in High School when I used to go to this place. Kenny Kenny and Aphrodita used to be at the door. I always used to go on Saturdays. Man seeing those pics above brings back a lot of memories and great times. Getting chosen to walk in Everytime by either of the 2 door people was the best. Then getting comped was even better. I really miss those days. Kenny Kenny was the best. Any place he was at the door was a hotspot. Even up to a couple of years ago @ Spa he still recognized me and would hook me up to get in for free with no hastles. People would be told "I'm not going to do it to night" that was the rejection line from him. How funny. Go to Youtube and see a video from Legendary Limelight and Club USA. You will be back in time!!!!

Chris | Nov 26, 2006 | 10:40 am

DJ Junior Vasquez closed ARENA the saturday night gay night for the club in September of 1996 with live performance by Deborah Cox. During the last song of the evening all of the dico balls were lowerd to the crowd so they could be cut and taken as a memento of this mlonumental club. it was a magical moment as the main disco ball was then lowered to the dancefloor where in one magical moment every person on that dancef loor reached and touched the disco ball that shined for so many a musical moment. A night that in my hearft will never be forgotten.

Chris M | Oct 29, 2006 | 8:20 am

I started going to Palladium in 1989 when New York radio station Hot 97 (back then a dance station) used to broadcast their Saturday Night Dance Party LIVE from the club. From 1989-1991 DJ Glen Frischa mixed some great club music for Hot 97. The club itself was ELECTRIC. The lights and the huge dance floor were awesome. Of course you can't forget the dance artists of that time such as "The Cover Girls", "Pajama Party", "TKA", "Expose"... (I could go on forever). FYI (MTV used to broadcast "club MTV" from Palladium back in the early 90s) I still have many many of the weekend club passes that I will consider uploading on here. Also just a correction to Laura's posting... Palladium was located on 14th street, between 3rd and 4th ave. (Not 2nd & 3rd). For anyone who is interested, I have CD's for sale of many of the HOT 97 Saturday Night Dance Parties LIVE from Palladium between 1989 and 1992. Each CD set contains 4hrs of NON-STOP dance music mixed LIVE at Palladium. For more information, Email me at jerseynewyorker@yahoo.com and we can work out a deal. Like most people, I was very upset to hear that the club was closing,but I think it was only a matter of time. HOT 97 and the music scene in general was changing from DANCE MUSIC to RAP and HIP HOP, and Palladium was losing it's regulars. (This was of course before KTU brought the BEAT back to New York). I've been living in Tucson Arizona since 2000, but when I move back to NYC next year, I hope I will be able to find a club like Palladium.... It really was an awesome place... Email me if you want to talk more about this great club!!!

lisa | Oct 06, 2006 | 2:49 pm

"omg...i cant believe i wore those platform shoes i have corns like no tommorrow!but i loved ever second of those dancing days what great memories:-)

louise Stewart | Oct 01, 2006 | 10:30 am

I lived in New york 1988/89 and loved the paladium. It was a real eye opener I recently went back to new york after 18 years and sadly it is no longer there but standing outside brought back great memories. I met loads of people and wonder what there all doing now? One in particular called Otis Sims I think who used to dance on the podiums
with his frients where are you now????
We also used to go to Tunnel, Limelight,MK's Mars, Studio 54, Emerald
City, Nells, Redzone They were the best

Alex | Sep 07, 2006 | 9:30 am

I'm a little confused. I saw on a website that the old Palladium was at 10 E. 60th St. by 5th Avenue. Did it move? When? I know the Palladium has been around since the 50's, but Rubell's hayday was in the 70's and 80's. Are these two different Palladiums?
I read online as well that Peter Gatien, former owner of the Limelight and Tunnel, owned the Palladium as well during the 90's.

Josue Joseph | Sep 01, 2006 | 8:57 am

Do any of you, or does any one know of anyone who danced or visited the Palladium during the 1960's-1970's during the times of the big-band era of Latin music or Jazz?? I'm doing some research and have YET to find someone else who can give me in-depth details and/or photos of this era ...

Thank you!!!

Trevor | Aug 16, 2006 | 7:21 am

Does anyone know the final closing date of the Palladium?

Stephanie Weil | Aug 02, 2006 | 10:33 am

Every time I walk by the old site, I get a little misty eyed.

Aside from it being a slamming club....it was also a very gorgeous building, architectuarally speaking. Especially the ceiling in that main room.

A righteous palace. They sure don't build them like that anymore. That building should have been landmarked and it sure didn't deserve to be dismantled like that. :(

JoeyGhost | Jun 20, 2006 | 4:15 am

Palladium was a megaclub....one of NYC's most exciting ever! was a great bridge after the Funhouse.. sound system was gargantuan....place had a theatrical open huge feeling.....dancefloor was more like a parking lot(huge) and when video first hit the club scene,,,Palladium had the HUGE vid wall of tvs...place was energetic.....i won a VIP record pool spinoff to dj there for 2 hr set...but management there wouldnt let me for some greedy reason...(vito bruno/roman ricardo)

overall luved the place...an icon of NYC megaclubz.....illuminated stairs were awesome...and best nite was larry levans farewell ...an easter sunday performance that was second to none....was saddened and surprised to hear losing this NYC klub icon to NYU dorms...wtf????? i guess clubs dont last 4ever...i wished they did.

Mark Vega | Dec 31, 2005 | 6:46 pm

I went to The Palladium in the 80s and was at a birthday party for Keith Haring. I was with Leo Ford at the time, and through him got to meet Andy Warhol. I had the free Keith Haring vest that were handed out on the night, but unfortunatley I did not keep it: the vest had the date of the party on it. Does anyone know the exact date? I think it was in 1985 or 1986. The Palladium was an amazing club that played some great music on the night I was there.

deedee | Oct 17, 2005 | 7:10 am

In the beginning, Leroy Washington was the Friday & Saturday DJ at Palladium. Larry Levan also held a short stint. I think Larry played on Wednesday or Thursday.

Jamie | Oct 04, 2005 | 10:18 am

Did Pat Benatar ever play a live show there?

Laura | Oct 01, 2005 | 1:40 pm

Paladium was on 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

LauraANYC | Oct 01, 2005 | 7:42 am

Hey, you never know, Slurp. Maybe we shared a moment!

tktstina | Oct 01, 2005 | 6:43 am

Can anyone tell me the exact address or cross streets of the Palladium? Anyone know what occupies the building now?

SLuRP | Sep 19, 2005 | 5:43 pm

...LAURA u took me back like I don't know WHAT?!! (sigh*) YES those were the days...ahhh!!! We have GOT to connect, (might even know u.) wink*

LauraANYC | Sep 12, 2005 | 4:39 pm

I remember Thursday nights at the Palladium (latin night). God, I have so many good memories there. The club was a bit big, but it was preety good when you were trying to avoid someone. They always had good bands playing. It was always Tuesday nights - Copa, Thursday nights - Palladium, Friday nights Copa and then Saturday you could switch between Broadway96, Roxy, Copa or hang out locally in Queens at Club Broadway II. What a good time back then. I'm talking late 80's through early 90's. I met a lot of people back then, but lost touch with most of them. It was great to be young and hanging out almost every night of the week. Forget about working - i'd go to work with major hangovers. Sometimes we'd go to the club, then hit the afterhours spot - then go straight to work! Those were the days!

anthony costa | Aug 01, 2005 | 8:51 am

Too damn huge and loud.I went back to brooklyn but couldnt hear for a day.

ZbarMy | Jun 12, 2005 | 10:47 am

The Paladium rocked! Never seen or heard anything like it. Tremendous!


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