With most non-bottle-service clubs pushed out to Brooklyn (or beyond), it's about time someone "rediscovered" Manhattan, which new performance and nightlife venue Flash Factory will attempt to do. Stereo and Provocateur owner Mike Satsky purchased the club two years ago and is finally ready to open the 10,000-square-foot, single-story, ticketed club to the public this fall. The space, at 229 West 28th Street, formerly housed the long-running, much-plagued club Shadow, run by Steven Juliano, who sold the club to Satsky after being shut down repeatedly by cops for violence inside the club.
Satsky applied for a new liquor license, gutted and renovated the space and now, two and a half years later, is ready to open for business. The venue plans to focus on bands, DJs and live electronic acts, and its press release mentions CBGB and Fillmore East as inspirations for the new 525-person capacity venue, which, if true, would certainly be a true breath of fresh air on this island. "Whether you are a techno, rock, punk or alternative hip-hop fan, it’s our mission to produce an environment where everything, but most of all, the music, feels right,” says Satsky. Until they open though, you'll just have to be content with these preview images and the Spotify playlist on their website consisting of GusGus, Darkside, Caribou and Rage Against the Machine.
Photo: Courtesy Flash Factory