“A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene”

By Steve Lewis 


“It was 4:00 a.m. the Sunday night before the Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ holiday. A crowd of about 600 was cavorting to techno/house music from legendary

DJ Jonathan Peters at Analog,
a no-frills Brooklyn club with a

great sound system.

For 15 years, Jonathan Peters deejayed on average four gigs a week and had a seven-year residency at Sound Factory. “It was not unusual for me to play a six- or 12-hour set,” Peters says. “I sometimes did 20.”

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At that point Manhattan nightlife was teeming with huge nightclubs. As evenings went on, crowds would empty into large late-night spots. We were the city that never slept.

These days, Peters deejays around 10 times a year. The clubs are gone. There are virtually no places to dance in Manhattan. The world has changed and many long for it to change back.

I left Analog and got into my car thinking about our brave new world. I was parked amidst warehouses and building supply stores where I buy lumber and moldings and such for my day job.

The bass followed me to my car.

Amid all the gloom comes a glint of promise.

Manhattan has about 1.6 million people living on it. Another million tourists a week visit. The suburbs house millions more and still there is no big club experience to be had. The aforementioned real estate boom and culturally challenged community boards have chased them to the fringes and now the fringes are losing their edge. A nightlife czar may help but I worry it’s too little too late….”


Comment from a representative of SBS Slammer:

It’s never too late… Sound Matters.
The fringe will recapture its edge
Hope is glimmering brighter than we know
Stay tuned to this frequency for the


(The Legend Continues)