Shoppin’ In A 90s Kind Of World

Almost everyday I get a sample sale report from Daily Candy. Their coverage of trendy/interesting stuff, sample sales, and all things fashion is the-most-comprehensive on the internet. Normally I just read it and make a mental note, but one of entries struck me as very interesting and I will definitely attend one particular sale.

From May 5 – May 16, Showroom Seven, a multi-room, fashion showroom will have a sample sale featuring such lines as Charlotte Ronson, Orla Kiely, Erickson Beamon, Soundgirl, A&G Cashmere, and more. But that’s not the cool part. The cool part is that Showroom Seven has rented out the space that formally housed New York City’s Tunnel Nightclub. Say Whattt???!!!!! As someone who perpetually lives in the past, I have fond, fond, FOND memories of THE TUNNEL.

For those of you that are too young to remember or maybe didn’t live in NYC in the 90s, The Tunnel was the “it” nightclub. According to Wikipedia, “The Tunnel opened in early 1987 […] and was named for the abandoned train tunnel from the early 1900s that became the main dance floor.”

Gosh, The Tunnel, such memories. I always remember that huge angel that was at the long end of the retangular shaped club. Wikipedia further states that,

The dance floor was dotted with several dance cages throughout the floor, and had a notoriously loud soundsystem. One clever Tunnel bartender recommended improvised earplugs, made out of molten candle wax dripped into a glass of tap water. The decor throughout the club was ever-changing; one room was decorated by artist called the Kenny Scharf Lava Lounge, others were decorated as libraries, S & M dungeons, and chill-out lounges. It was perhaps best known for hosting Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia, Eddie Baez after the close of the original Sound Factory (530 W. 27th St.) in the mid-1990s.
The Tunnel also featured unisex bathrooms. It was said that the bathrooms were the partially-converted locker rooms of the train workers from decades prior.

The intro from the movie Belly gives a feel for the club during my time (minus the murder, death, kill!).  There are other videos on youtube as well.

So, with that being said I will definitely attend the Showroom Seven sample sale, if only to relive my old clubbin’ days. LOL!

Showroom Seven sample sale: 269 Eleventh Ave., b/t 27th & 28th Sts. (212-643-4820). Like many sample sales, it’s probably CASH ONLY!! (Source)

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