Cult Club Archives: Paradise Garage

Flashback from the house of house.

The time was 1977-1987 and the dancefloor was located within a former parking garage in NYC,
at 84 King Street, in the Hudson square neighborhood.

Also known as «the Garage» or the «Gay-rage», Paradise Garage was especially important because although it specifically catered to gay and lesbian patrons, people of all colors, sizes, and orientations were welcome.
«You may be Black, you may be Jew or Gentile. It doesn’t make a difference in our house.»
The iconic lyrics also hold true here.

At the Paradise Garage, nothing was more important than the music.
DJ Larry Levan influenced a whole generation of DJ’s, producers and artists to create music that was rooted in that club.

Madonna had one of her first performances there, and it was the scene where names like Calvin Klein, Eddie Murphy, Andy Warhol, and Grace Jones came together.

The DJs who spun at the Garage and the artists who played there define a new genre of music. As Louie Vega of Masters at Work put it, “If you went to the Paradise Garage a lot, it was like, ‘That’s a Garage record.’”
Music fans wanted to come and hear the newest records, the queer community wanted to come to dance without fear of persecution, and everyone in town wanted to be a part of what was going on.