Originally built between 1844-1850 in Gothic Revival style as an Episcopal church by architect Richard Upjohn, the infamous NYC Limelight space was home to many indulgent partygoers under the supervision of its nightclub owner Peter Gatien during the tumultuous period between 1983-1997. The infamous Disco 2000 weekly was no exception. Led by Michael Alig and his brigade of Club Kids, the party showcased some of the best in electronic music until the final demise of Limelight due to the selling and use of drugs.That aside, it was still one of the most memorable parties- friends adorned in platforms, track jackets and outrageous neon gear alike. Its doors would open briefly afterward to include the short lived Avalon.

For the past 2 years there has been speculation as to what would become of the former Chelsea church. Project ideas included an exclusive apartment complex, but due to the building being a historical landmark and zoning limitations that idea was dismissed. Flash forward to today, comes the new set to open this April 2010. Designed by James Mansour, the indoor style bazaar will house 60 leased spaces featured on three levels. Think European shopping experience- Convent Gardens meets the Burlington Arcade in London. Vendors confirmed include: Hunter boots, Le Sportsac, Luludenim, Caswell-Massey, Om Aroma & Co., and many more. It is without question that Limelight will return back into the spotlight, but at what cost? The true test will be marked by its opening day. To learn more about this project visit the Limelight Marketplace site.