Review: New York Club Nebula Brings Dance Music Back to Manhattan – Features

A space like this in Midtown has special appeal for clubbers who can afford to live in Manhattan but find themselves venturing to Brooklyn to see their favorite DJs. Romero, who also ran prominent bottle service clubs 1Oak and Up and downsays the appeal of Nebula is that “a lot of people who live in Manhattan…Ubers are so expensive right now. They don’t want to spend $180 back and forth to hear a DJ after buying bottles or tickets. It keeps them in town, it’s a lot easier. We could both live together. People who live in Brooklyn can go there; we have Manhattan. I just think it helps each other I think it’s a friendly competition.

At the end of Camelphat’s set on opening night, many attendees hailing Ubers actually seem to be doing the opposite: heading back to Brooklyn after seeing their favorite DJs. And thanks to an opening line-up slate, with Nebula partner Rob Toma of Technical assistance working on a music lineup and locking in heavy hitters such as Luciano, Loco Dice, Adam Beyer Eric Prydz and Jamie Jones in the coming months, Nebula will likely continue to draw crowds from BK and other boroughs as well. Rony Seikaly, a former NBA star turned DJ who played on November 6, says: “It’s always a pleasure to have a crowded dance floor until the end of your set, as was the case for me in Nebula. I think it’s a testament to the audience the club attracts, attracting some of New York’s most dedicated house music fans.

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Leaving the club, some punters expressed queuing issues but were impressed with the space. A clubber, dragging a cigarette while trying to find a taxi, declares: “The club is sick. We got here at 12:30, there was a line down the block. We had tickets and the line was not moving. We had to try to grease the pockets of the bouncers, and other people tried to do that too. They spent a lot of money inside, it’s very good, they put a lot of money in their sound systems.

Maybe the queuing issue was a first week hiccup, but that’s hard to bear considering the cost of tickets ranging from $50 to $80, not to mention the $26 cocktails at the bar . But Richie is absolutely right that Nebula is still a better deal for Manhattan clubbers than trying to negotiate higher carpool prices from a Brooklyn warehouse during rush hour. And the margins on which a club like Nebula operates likely play a role in the cost, given Manhattan’s inherent skyrocketing rents and overheads.

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