The Shelter (New York City)
The Shelter, also known as Club Shelter, was a New York City house music and techno nightclub in the 1990s/2000s. The club was at multiple locations including 6 Hubert Street, 157 Hudson Street, 150 Varick Street in Manhattan depending on the date. The Shelter was established by resident DJs Timmy Regisford, Merlin Bobb, and Freddy Sanon. The club is closely associated with record label 157 Shelter Records.
In 1991, The Shelter opened its doors following the closing of Paradise Garage. The Shelter became a sanctuary for people to express themselves in which race and sexual orientation did not matter.
The Shelter's most active promoters and DJs were collectively known as "N.A.S.A." (Nocturnal Audio + Sensory Awakening), who hosted parties at the club on Friday night. Promotional flyers claimed The Shelter was "New York City's only Non-prejudicial Progressive Underground Dance Club." The dance floor had an incredibly loud 37,000 watt sound system designed by Dave Soto, a New York based audio specialist, in collaboration with Garage-era DJ legend Timmy Regisford. The speaker cabinets were larger than the dancers.
N.A.S.A. was a non-alcoholic, after-hours dance party starting on Friday night and running into Saturday morning at The Shelter located in TriBeCa. N.A.S.A. events typically lasted until 8AM or 9AM. The admission charge of $9 before midnight or $14 after included ice water, snacks and breakfast.
The 1995 film Kids featured N.A.S.A. as the setting for its nightclub scene.
In 2004, real estate developer Peter Moore purchased the building for $18 million, and the property is now home to upscale residential lofts. Moore had previously forced the closing of two other nightclubs, including Wetlands at 161 Hudson, when he bought their buildings for restoration. On December 18, 2011, Club Shelter officially reopened at its new location at 37 Vandam Street.
Resident and Guest DJs include:
- Dmitry (Deee-Lite)
- Keoki (Disco 2000)
- Scotto (Scott Osman)
- Jason Jinx
- DB (originally from London)
- Guy DMC
- Jacyln Christie
- Soul Slinger
- Timmy Regisford
- Mr. Kleen
- Heather Heart
- Adam X
- Vapor Space
- Frankie Bones
- Troy Davis
- The Limelight
- Webster Hall
- Twilo (formerly The Sound Factory; closed in 2001)
- Roxy NYC
- Paradise Garage
- "Building lofts where clubbers and horses once roamed". www.downtownexpress.com.
- "Another Bleep World" - Village Voice, Feb. 16, 1993