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New York Nightlife Becomes A Museum Piece

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Sunday, February 6, 2005
New York's first ever proper museum exhibition celebrating disco opened this week, some 35 years after David Mancuso kicked off the scene with his parties at his warehouse style apartment The Loft.

"Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights", comprising listening booths, videos and 200 artefacts including John Travolta's Night Fever white suit, opened at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, after a successful run in Seattle.

"They wanted it to come here because disco is more about New York than any other place," Library chief Jacqueline Davis told the Daily News, "I went to see the show in Seattle and was impressed by its intelligent focus."

The exhibition opened just as legendary Manhattan DJ Junior Vasquez declared today's club scene to be well and truly finished, in a typically outspoken interview with

"It (New York's club scene) sucks. Literally fucking sucks," he declared.

"I mean the days of the Sound Factory are over and it's never coming back. It's never ever going to be like that again, after-hours or that feeling of family and partying about the music, it's just over. Unfortunately, it's sad, but it's not coming back," said Junior.