In 2010 Manchester club Sankeys announced they were opening a New York City outpost in 2011. Read their press release: “Sankeys has been organically built around the great traditions of New York… this is now our way of giving New York back what it gave Sankeys, with my own futuristic twisted twist of course…” Sankeys NYC never happened, but word on the street is that the owners of Space, which as every Big Shot reader knows is widely regarded as one of Ibiza’s best clubs, are planning to open a 13,000 square foot club on the west side of Midtown (at 50th Street and 12th Avenue, to be precise) in the building that never became Sankeys NYC.
In related news, the New York Post reports that EMM Group, owners of Catch Roof and SL, have joined forces with Pacha NYC and RPM Worldwide partners Eddie Dean and Rob Fernandez to launch Finale at 199 Bowery, as a serious dance venue with cutting-edge sound, video and lighting. The club opens on Halloween night with Heidi Klum’s Party with Questlove, DJ Sinatra and Nervo. The place will officially open on Nov. 8 with R3hab behind the decks. Marquee’s planned relaunch as a palace for EDM is moving ahead, with plans to reopen early in January with Tiësto.
Meanwhile, District 36, a failed multilevel Midtown club on W. 36th Street with a kick-ass sound system, is up for sale, according to BlackBook.
After a long drought, New York City’s club scene could become a little more interesting with more places for DJs to play. But with massive investment by club owners in a shaky economy, odds are likely that these new clubs will be focusing on big-name talent and bottle service.