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The Limelight, NYC Church Turned Nightclub, Gets Another Makeover

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FILE - Limelight NYC (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

FILE – Limelight NYC (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

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NEW YORK (AP) – A historic New York city church that was converted into a notorious nightclub and converted again into a mall is getting yet another makeover.

The Limelight opened in 1983 in a landmark 19th century church with Andy Warhol hosting the opening night party.

There were frequent complaints about drug dealing before the Limelight closed in 2001.

Developer Jack Menashe converted the building in the Chelsea neighborhood into a mall that opened one year ago. But the
30,000-square-foot space was too small to accommodate the mall’s mix of retailers, so Menashe is making it over once more into a single department store.

The new store will be called Limelight and is scheduled to open in September. Menashe tells The Wall Street Journal that the store will be “not unlike Barney’s.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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