All worship at the altar of...H&M? The church at Sixth Avenue and West 20th that was once the infamous Limelight nightclub (and not so famous Avalon) may be turned into retail space, according to Braden Keil in today's Post. Apparently, landlord Ben Ashkenazy doesn't want to deal with another nightclub, especially in the wake of the recent crackdown and trouble securing liquor licenses.
Broker Frank Terzulli of Winnick Realty tells the Post, "He's going to cut it up for retail tenants and a restaurant with patio seating." Ooh, patio seating! H&M is interested in the space ("triple-height ceilings and mezzanine levels"), but no deals have been signed.
The church was designed in "rustic Gothic Revival style." Little did those Episcopalians know that it would be the famous Peter Gatien-owned Limelight in the 1980s and 1990s. Last year, Brooklyn Vegan waxed about Rock N Roll Church at the Limelight.