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New York’s legendary dance club Splash to close

Series of send-off parties starts August 1; bar to close August 10

Nightlife at Splash Credit: Courtesy of Splash

After more than 20 years, New York’s renown dance club Splash will close its doors permanently on August 10. The 17th Street landmark is legendary for NYC’s only go-go boy showers.

Splash owner Brian Landache made the announcement in a short public letter posted on Facebook:

To our loyal customers — For 22 years, it’s been a privilege providing you with New York City’s most exciting, safe and spectacular gay revue. Splash will permanently close at our location, 50 W 17 Street, on August 10, 2013. Please join us in our final countdown as we dismount the disco ball with 10 magical farewell celebrations beginning August 1st. Thank you for the memories! Fondly, Brian and The Staff

“Once home to the city’s only go-go boy showers, Splash weathered draconian anti-nightlife laws that shuttered other mega clubs, but has suffered now that the gays use hookup apps to connect rather than eye-to-eye bar room contact. The opening of XL in Hell’s Kitchen last year also drew away the twentysomething and tourist crowds essential to the club’s lifeblood,” writes Dan Avery in a blog on NewNowNext.