Pacha NYC may soon be reborn in the form of a spanking new 36,000 square foot club Mekka! Well, maybe.
Club Mekka is the second proposed club as of this year planned to take over the legendary Hell's Kitchen space where for 10 strong years Pacha NYC stood. In January 2016, after a decade of lineups that regularly sported some of the largest names in the world of dance music, Pacha NYC called it a day and closed it’s doors.
Earlier this year, the building that once housed one of New York’s most happening and most buzzing clubs at 618 W 46th, was proposed to be taken over by Club FREQ, a nightclub proposed by Space Ibiza’s co-owner Antonio Piacquadio. When this proposal fell through, another not so appealing one popped up about turning the space into an art gallery that hosted occasional coustic events.
Let's fast forward to as of a week ago, after all the plans for the space that fell through earlier in the year, nightlife entrepreneur Glenn Raymond has now proposed a 36,000 sq ft dance music ‘mecca’, in the form of club Mekka that combines plans from both failed proposals!
Speaking about the project, Raymond said,
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“My experience is as a fan of the music first and foremost... I have DJ'd and thrown parties... I guess you can say Mekka is owned by a fan who wants the fans to have fun."
How this combination of elements would work is, on Saturday nights the space would serve as a nightclub, but on other days it would serve as an art gallery and venue for acoustic performances and also play home to a ‘museum of nightlife’ and ‘dance music hall of fame.’
While they are proposing for the space to open in 2018, it is worth noting that at this point, still no permit has been issued and nor have any floor plans been submitted, but that said, the goal is for the club to open in 2018 with bookings geared being towards underground music.
Will Club Mekka, the five story club, geared towards sounds of the Underground actually be a reality for New Yorkers in the coming year? Well, we will just have to wait and see how this plan pans out for Raymond and his teams. But one thing is for sure, this sure sounds like a tight successor to Pacha NYC, at last!