While shopping, I began to feel that my instincts about the building being a church were correct, as the stained glass windows and pointed roof become more apparent as you make your way to the top floor. Apparently, the building was once the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, a gothic revival brownstone built in the mid-1800’s. Then it was the infamous Limelight club, known for its abundant drug use and half naked cage dancers.
One of the shop girls told me she had actually been to the club in its prime, explaining to me that is was absolutely unreal how there were no rules in the bar. People would literally do drugs in the open, in a place that had once been a house of God.
“It didn’t feel right,” she admitted. “But, it was definitely fun.”
Once the club was shut down for good, numerous retail businesses move in, and after some trial and error, the Limelight Marketplace was born.
One thing that really struck me about the market, aside from the history and architecture, was how amazingly friendly all of the workers are. Because I look like I’m 12 and unemployed, the higher-end retail staff in New York usually don’t feel a need to acknowledge me. However, these people all went out of their way to not only tell me about their shops but also to get to know me and tell me more about the building, events, and everyday topics. I would absolutely recommend the Limelight Marketplace for anyone looking for some great shopping and architecture in the Big Apple.
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