New venue opens in NYC: element

At the crossroads of the East Village and the Lower East Side, the breeding ground for hip and cool beckons an exciting new dance music venue & lounge. element is suitably located at the corner of Houston & Essex Street, next door to the world famous Mercury Lounge. element heralds in 2006 as the downtown destination for a burgeoning music and club scene.

The stand-alone element crescent is representative of the female and is completed with its male counterpart, represented by the floating divider. The moon is the most changeable of all celestial phenomena and represents the diverse programming offered each night for a varied local and international audience ready to experience NYC's nightlife. The element management team brings together expertise in film, TV, fashion, music and PR for a fresh approach to nightlife and a real desire to create a venue reflective of NYC's vanguard music.

Thursday, February 16, 2006
e l e m e n t presents Tommie Sunshine + Adultnapper
*Grand Opening Party *
10pm – 4am, $10
Join us for our inaugural party and Tommie's relentless pursuit of the greater good of music and all things ElectroDiscoPunk.

Friday, February 17, 2006
Nickodemus and Mariano present Turntables on The Hudson
Special guest Spiritual South + Nappy G on percussion
10pm – 4am, $10
www.turntablesonthehudson.com
A World Fusion of Dance Music with a Funky Bass-bottom feel.

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Josh Wood & Larry Tee present BANK
DJs Larry Tee and Lina + special guests
10pm – 4am, $15 email / $20
info@joshwoodproductions.com
Larry Tee's merry bunch of downtown scenesters host a weekly Bank heist.

Sunday, February 19, 2006
Souvenirs - White On Time
DJs Randy Bettis and Michael Wilson
6pm – 2am, $25 / $30
www.loveparadeproductions.com
A Sunday Tea party all dressed in White.

Upcoming Events: Filthy Fridays (Ewan Pearson, Anu (Freeform Five), Girls & Boys Wednesdays, Jaymz Nylon, Kompakt, Kazulo, Halcyon, Nu-iSh, Robots, Tedd Patterson, Toast Tuesdays with Jeannie Hopper, Twisted and more TBA.

A b o u t e l e m e n t

The building was originally conceived as a bank and since then has served as Jasper Johns' studio in the late 70s, as well as serving several half-lives as a club under different guises for the last three decades, including a renowned Goth club in the 90s. The original architectural structure of the bank is still in tact, but after an extensive renovation, the 10,000 square foot tri-level venue has a completely new interior. The new venue element features an artful, elegant decor with textured woods, slate, copper and paper. Interior designer Robert Stettner incorporates natural elements like pounded bark, jagged slate and zebra wood accents, creating a natural understated elegance.

The 305-capacity Main Room is flanked by a full-length curved shimmering brushed steel and concrete bar with handmade deconstructed mirrorball landscapes designed by the owners. This is centered by a 40 x 60 ft wide plank oak hardwood dancefloor. This main space is powered by a state of the art 37,000 watt EAW Avalon Series soundsystem that is controlled throughout multiple zones inside the club to create sweet-spots on the dancefloor and chill-spots in the lounge and 2nd floor. An adjacent lounge, entitled the Fire Lounge for its fiery paintings provides additional seating areas with carved low wooden tables.

The Mezzanine and Balcony (105-capacity) are illuminated by custom designed bamboo cage LED chandeliers that are part of seven, separately controlled LED installations throughout the club designed to control the mood and ambience of the night, including an entire wall of light behind the DJ booth. Each area provides high back couches and seating areas with a fully-licensed bar an a catwalk to the DJ Booth with state of the art equipment and lighting console.

The 150-capacity downstairs Vault is a cozy intimate event space with a dedicated sound system, DJ booth, full service bar, and prep kitchen for catering needs. The underground space can be utilized independently or as an annex to the main floor event. The Vault may also be accessed by a private entrance for those who require the proper discretion and enclosed within the Vault are three curtained private listening rooms with individual volume controls, providing the ultimate, quality club experience.

This spring/summer 2006, Element will be adding live performance/band capabilities and a kitchen serving a small menu and light appetizers.

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February 11, 2006 at 8:14 PM CET

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