The Pyramid Club Shutters After 42 Years on Avenue A

Posted on: April 2nd, 2021 at 5:05 am by

The Pyramid Club, the legendary alt venue in Alphabet City that influenced the drag, gay, and punk scenes in the eighties, is the latest commercial victim of the coronavirus pandemic. It will not return, thus capping 42 years of partying at 101 Avenue A.

Like the countless bars and restaurants across the city, the Pyramid was forced to temporarily cease operations in March 2020 at the outset of the state’s PAUSE lockdown.

EV Grieve first reported the permanent closure yesterday, and spoke to club managers Maria Narciso and fiancé Quirino Perez.

“No one expected this pause to last more than a year,” Narcisco told the venerated East Village blog. “While many businesses were allowed to open with heavy restrictions, nightclubs and performance venues/theaters have suffered the most.”

The managers apparently had plans in the works to introduce food options and a socially distanced dance floor upon reopening. However, the team was not able to present to the reclusive ownership.

Named for the pyramid tile design on the building, the Pyramid Club first opened her doors on Avenue A in 1979.

It was in the eighties that the establishment became a proving ground. RuPaul held his first show here in 1982; the late Party Monster Michael Alig hosted parties here during his notoriety as Club Kid; Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry dropped in for an MTV feature; Madonna appeared at her first AIDS benefit at the club; and both Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first New York City gigs here.

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