THE LIMELIGHT 660 6TH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY OPEN 1983-2007 (NOW LIMELIGHT MARKETPLACE, PICTURED) “The Limelight opened in 1983 on the site of a deconsecrated Episcopal church, immediately ascribing it a dark credibility. Andy Warhol hosted parties there, and over the years, performers who included Prince, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Funkmaster Flex, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs appeared inside its dimly lit confines. In the 1990s, club kids danced furiously and did drugs there in impressive volumes. The New York Post called Gatien ‘the King of Clubs’ in recognition of his owning not just the Limelight but also the Palladium, the Tunnel, and Club USA. He nurtured his reputation as the renegade ruler of New York partying. The Limelight's reputation turned darker in 1996 when a party promoter named Michael Alig was arrested and later convicted for the killing of a fellow club kid who frequented the Limelight. The authorities investigated Gatien on drug charges but couldn’t make them stick. He did, however, plead guilty in 1999 to failure to pay New York state taxes; that conviction was followed by deportation to his native Canada, where he resides today.” (Paul Barrett, Bloomberg.com, 2016) The Limelight hosted lesbian parties. One was called Mind, Body, Spirit and occurred every Thursday in 1988.