|Born||1957 (age 56–57)
|Known for||Creator of the nightclub Area in New York City, and more recently of the Bowery Hotel|
Eric Goode (born 1957) is an American hotelier, restaurateur, conservationist artist and filmmaker. He is known as the creator of the nightclub Area and B Bar in New York City, and recently of the Bowery Hotel.
Born in Rhode Island in 1957 and raised in New York until the age of 8, Eric relocated with his family to California. He is the second of five children born to Marilyn Goode, a naturalist and conservationist, and Fredrick Goode, a painter and teacher. He has lived in New York City since 1977.
Eric began his career as an artist, educated at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Parsons School of Design. Much of his early work was displayed in group shows with other upcoming artists of the day, the earliest in 1981 which was curated by Keith Haring. He continued to make and show his art throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s.
In 1983, Goode formed the nightclub Area with his brother, Chris Goode, and friends Shawn Hausman and Darius Azari. Area was known for its constantly changing themes and collaboration with artists of the time (Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and others). Area was Eric's first business venture where he merged art into the context of a nightclub.
In the early to mid-1990s, Eric directed several music videos, including "Help Me I am in Hell" and "Pinion" for Nine Inch Nails. He and Serge Becker earned a music video production award for their work on "Pinion."
Over the next two decades Eric opened several other nightclubs, and eventually transitioned into restaurants and then hotels, many of which in collaboration with his partners Serge Becker and more recently Sean MacPherson. His most recent projects include the Bowery Hotel and the Jane Street Hotel.
Goode is also involved in conservation efforts, especially of reptiles. In 2004 Eric began developing the Turtle Conservancy, which operates the Behler Chelonian Center, the premiere facility for breeding Critically Endangered turtles and tortoises in the United States, in Southern California. The Turtle Conservancy focuses on conservation initiatives around the world, with a focus on protecting endangered species from extinction.
Eric Goode currently lives in New York City and travels frequently to his home and conservation center in Southern California.
Goode has spent most of his life researching turtles and tortoises and has traveled to over 40 countries around the world (the Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Central America, Madagascar, Namibia, Morocco, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, India, the Caribbean Islands, and many others). Several of these trips are featured in a series of documentary films chronicling the Turtle Conservancy's conservation efforts. In the last decade, Eric has devoted more time to his conservation work. In 2004 he began developing the Behler Chelonian Center. The Center is certified by the AZA (American Zoos and Aquariums) and run by the Turtle Conservancy, a not-for-profit NGO. Its primary goal is to ensure the survival of turtle and tortoise species worldwide, and to promote the conservation of chelonian habitat in the wild. In 2008, the Turtle Conservancy was formed to manage conservation programs in the field with threatened turtle and tortoise species.
In September 2011, writer William Finnegan traveled with Goode to western Madagascar to document the illegal smuggling of the critically endangered Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora). The article was published in The New Yorker on January 23, 2012  In August 2012, Goode hosted a launch party at The Waverly for the Turtle Conservancy's publication, The Tortoise. CBS's 60 Minutes aired a December 2012 segment hosted by Leslie Stahl, "The Race to Save the Tortoise" documenting the Turtle Conservancy's work in battling the extinction crisis of the Ploughshare Tortoise in Madagascar.
|2005||John L. Behler Chelonian Center|
|2008||The Argentine Tortoise|
|2009||In Search of the Okinawa Leaf Turtle|
|2010||The Great Tortoise Transect|
Nightclubs, Restaurants and Hotels
1981 - The Club with no Name
1983 - Area
1988 - MK
1989 - BC (LA)
1990 - Time Cafe and Fez
1994 - B Bar & Grill
2000 - The Park
2001 - The Maritime Hotel 2003 - Matsuri
2003 - La Bottega
2003 - Hiro Ballroom(closed)
2006 - Waverly Inn
2006 - Lafayette House
2007 - Bowery Hotel
2007 - Gemma
2008 - Jane Street Hotel
The AREA book
The AREA book was published in November 2013. The book has been a in the works for over 10 years, the passion project of Eric Goode and Jennifer Goode. Drawing from a rich archive of material, Eric and Jennifer tell the behind-the-scenes story of the club and its people, creating an illustrated memoir of an exciting time and place in the history of New York nightlife. To accompany the launch of the book Eric collaborated with Jeffrey Deitch to curate an exhibition at The Hole gallery. AREA: The Exhibition The show consisted of original installations as well as pieces from many of the artists that participated or were influenced by the club.
Most of Eric's art is created as a vitrine, or display case with three-dimensional artwork inside. Similar to Joseph Cornell, his work incorporates many aspects of assemblage. Eric's work also has notable similarities to Damien Hirst and Jeff Vaughan, especially his tendency to represent elements of the natural world in his mixed-media installations.
1981 – Group Show curated by Keith Haring, Mudd Club
1987 – “Subject Object”, Group Show, 56 Bleecker Gallery
1988 – Group Show, Bess Butler Gallery
1989 – One Man Show, Bess Cutler Gallery
1989 - “American Pie”, Group Show, Bess Cutler Gallery
1989 - “Don’t Bungle the Jungle”, Group Show, Tony Shafrazi Gallery
1989 - “New Work, New York”, Group Show, Helander Gallery
1990 – “Amnesty International”, Group Show, Tony Shafrazi Gallery
2013 - "AREA: The Exhibition", Group Show, The Hole Gallery
|1992||Nine Inch Nails||"Help Me I am in Hell"|
|1992||Nine Inch Nails||"Pinion"|
|1993||Digital Orgasm||"Time to Believe"|
|1994||Ce Ce Peniston||"Hit by Love"|
- Kim, Levin (4 March 1981). "Anarchy in the M.C.". Village Voice.
- Trebay, Guy (11 December 1984). "Articles of Faith". Village Voice.
- Stephen, Saban (27 May 1981). "The Night of the Iguana.". The Soho News.
- Rubenstein, Hai. "Goode Old Days". New York Magazine.
- Verini, James (June 15, 2003). "Without reservation". Los Angeles Times.
- Fritz, Uwe; Eric Goode (9 Feb 2012). "Northern genetic richness and southern purity, but just one species in the Chelonoidis chilensis complex". Zoologica Scripta 41 (3): 220–232. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2012.00533.x.
- CARTER, STINSON (JUNE/JULY 2007). "LOVE one the half shell". BlackBook.
- "AZA Currently Certified Institutions".
- Kuchling, Gerald; Owen Griffiths (June 2012). "Endoscopic Imaging of Gonads, Sex Ratios, and Occurrence of Intersexes in Juvenile Captive-Bred Aldabra Giant Tortoises". Chelonian Research Foundation. 1 11: 91–96.
- Kiester, A. Ross; Angelo R. Mandimbihasina (30 October 2013). "Conservation of the Angonoka(Ploughshare Tortoise), Astrochelys yniphora". Chelonian Research Monographs 6. doi:10.3854/crm.6.a26p162.
- William, Finnegan (January 2012). "SLOW AND STEADY". THE NEW YORKER: 56–65.
- "Hotelier Fights for Turtles". New York Post. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Inaugural Issue of The Tortoise". Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- Davis, Peter. "inside area A LOOK BACK AT AREA, THE '80S CLUB THAT TURNED PARTYING INTO AN ART.". PAPER. Retrieved NOVEMBER 6, 2013.
- "THE HOLE X ABSOLUT AREA: THE EXHIBITION.". QUIET LUNCH.
- Lee, Denny. "Waking Area Nightclub From the Dead". New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2013.