Early Hip-Hop Downstairs Here, 1981(Club Negril)

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East Village Cinema
181 Second Avenue Between 11 &12th Streets
New York, NY 10003
United States
40° 43' 51.3444" N, 73° 59' 10.1652" W


From the New York Times Style Magazine, 4/22/18, at p. 48: "In 1981, the young impresarios Ruza Blue and Michael Holman brought Afrika Bambaataa and breakers like Rock Steady Crew to Negril, a downstairs reggae club at 181 Second Avenue, for Thursday night parties." There is quite a bit about it on the Web. See, for ex., https://digital.library.cornell.edu/catalog/ss:455544, for a poster with Negril apparently mispelled as Negrill.
The NYT article says that the fire department shut Negril down but it moved to the Roxy roller rink at 515 West 18th St. in 6/82 where it prospered for may years.

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