Destroyed in 2011 by a devastating fire, the Pavilion nightclub on New York’s Fire Island is reopening this summer, once again giving the Pines a central hub for culture and nightlife.
Originally opened in 1980, the Pavilion instantly became the social heart of the community. Its reopening coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Pines resort, which each year welcomes more than 800,000 visitors.
“Although the new building has the same envelope and mix of uses as its predecessor, the similarities end there,” says Matthew Blesso, of FIP Ventures, the development company that owns the property. “The new structure is modern and casual, bold and iconic. It is the first thing visitors see when getting off the ferry, and we envision it to once again be the heart of the Pines community.”
The Pavilion’s first level offers a “welcome bar” that will serve as a meeting place for residents and visitors. The dance club will encompass the building’s second level, with a 2,000-square-foot dancefloor and a 2,760-square-foot outdoor terrace where high tea will be served.
“Aside from designing a building with personality, our primary focus was to recreate the social engine that was so unique to the famed Pavilion of the ’90s,” says Matthias Hollwich, of Hollwich Kushner, which designed the building.
Waterford Crystal has donated a chandelier to be installed over the welcome bar — an homage to the trademark chandeliers that were installed in 1989.