Danceteria was a well-known four-floor nightclub located at west 37th ST in NYC which operated from 1979 until 1986. Rudolf Pieper and Jim Fouratt put together a venue and cast of talented and loyal followers who currently maintain a LISTSERV and frequent reunions. Mark Kamins (1955-2013), one of the original Danceteria DJs, was recently memorialized at a reunion.


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April 26, 2013 · 9:24 am

Cyndi Lauper Bubble Gum

Dated 1985 © Mutza Rella Inc., this pack of 3 glossy cards, 3 sticker cards, BAZOOKA bubble gum with comic and fortune, welcomed Cyndi Lauper to the pop culture scene. cyndi_lauper_small

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Guardian Angels

The Guardian Angels organization was founded February 13, 1979 by Curtis Sliwa to combat widespread violence and crime on the New York City subways. They were easily identified by their trademark red berets. At first, New York City Mayor Ed Koch publicly opposed the group, which patrolled streets and neighborhoods. This double-sided 4″ X 2.5″ card was handed out on the subways, it’s similar to the cards distributed with sign-language symbols on them.

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The Infamous Mudclub

If I had known when I picked up this flier, at the Neue Nationalgalerie in 2005 , that it referred to Steve Mass’s newest venue, I would’ve bought something fun to wear and spent the night clubbing. I don’t know how he got to there, but I bet he’s having a lot of fun. In a 12/10/2006 New York Times article, “36 Hours in Berlin”, Danny Lee wrote, “BERLIN is like New York City in the 1980s. Rents are cheap, graffiti is everywhere and the air crackles with a creativity that comes only from a city in transition. And few cities are changing as profoundly. Nearly two decades after the Berlin Wall tumbled down, the city’s two sides are still locked in a kind of cultural dialectic, as the center of gravity shifts to the once desolate boroughs of the East. Bullet-scarred buildings are metamorphosing from squatters’ homes, to artists’ studios, and then to retail showrooms. Gray Communist alleys are laboratories for trendy bars, restaurants and galleries. And, like the city itself, Berliners continue to reinvent themselves as cultural vanguards, pushing the boundaries of art, fashion and design. With so much to explore and create, the city never sleeps.” Indeed, from the home of zeitgeist.

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East Village ’86

“A” side of a postcard announcing “East Village ’86: The Best of the East Village” show at the Avenue B Gallery (167 Avenue B). Includes: Joannne Brockley, Chris Costan, Marianne Edwards, Kevin Larmee, Bonnie Lucas, Meredith Lund, Ned Schaper, Lee Stoliar and Ed Valentine.

The Best of the East Village '86


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Be a Radiant Child

Tina as Gina. Meredith McLouth Photographay

During the ’80s a vintage clothing boutique in SoHo gave away buttons that read – “Be a Legend in Your Own Time”. Tina L’Hotsky certainly lived by this credo, her glamorous look wavered between Bridget Bardot (left) and Marie Antoinette (see below).

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Mudd Club Theme Parties

There were often theme parties at the Mudd Club, Steve Mass and Tina L’Hotsky were the hosts. The flier below announces a military inspired party held on D Day 1979. Costumes were mandatory and if you didn’t have one there were items available in the basement coat-check area. Like all the parties there were also many props, a huge search-light scanned the sky at the front door, and a banner at the bottom of the stairs read “Nuke ’em till they Glow”.  The crowd was all baby-boomers, for whom military uniforms and war references conjure-up a slew of nostalgic and romantic cultural images; Army surplus had been fashionable since the ’60s. This was all in good fun. However, there was a very serious side to the zeitgeist and a few months later on September 23, 1979,  almost 200,000 people attended the nation’s largest antinuclear rally to date. Staged on the then-empty north end of the Battery Park City landfill, the New York City rally was held in conjunction with a series of nightly “No Nukes” concerts given at Madison Square Garden from September 19 through 23 by “Musicians United for Safe Energy”.

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