The legendary New York nightclub Area opened its doors thirty years ago and overnight became one of THE downtown scenes in New York City club history. It closed in 1987, but Area was really the ultimate club mash-up of uptown/downtown, old/young, etc. Every six weeks, the enormous space at on Hudson Street was gutted and transformed into a different art theme. The wildly creative invitations to the opening night of each new installation became the hottest tickets in town. (The blue pill on the cover of the book was the invitation to opening night. It came in a tiny “hat-box” and when dissolved in water, it revealed a micro invite. I still have mine, undissolved.) Co-founder Eric Goode and sister Jennifer tell the behind-the-scenes story of one of the brightest spots in New York nightlife in this new book. It was always my favorite (along with Danceteria and the Pyramid) so, I’m looking forward to another “downtown yearbook”. I have MANY memories… one night in the men’s bathroom where EVERYONE hung out, a woman asked if she could photograph Jean-Michel Basquiat while he was washing his hands – as she took the picture, Jean cupped his hands full of water and splashed her. He laughed and ran out. Dripping wet, she looked at me and said, “Why did he do that?” Well, for one, it makes a good story. This book will be full of them, I’m sure. Pre-order it here.