DUSEBERG ON AIDS the poppers story
Declaration of Robert J. Cipriani includes passages about The Anvil
This mix is from 1983 by a DJ called David Antony at a party called So Many Men. It's a great piece of history. A mix that features all sorts of dance sounds from right after the term "disco" had fallen out of favor. Some seem to forget that clubs like The Anvil were also a serious dance party and not only a sleazy dive.
The downstairs part of the club was like a huge back-room with dark passageways. The club closed it's doors in 1986 just as New York was at the peak of the A.I.D.S. outbreak and many of the most popular establishments like the St. Marks Baths had to close their doors. They became too synonymous with the outbreak. Even some activists pointed their fingers at clubs like The Anvil and The Mineshaft. And so a real after hours institution went by the wayside and remains only a memory for it's many punters. Men who also frequented The Saint and Fire Island and the whole N.Y.C. gay leather scene of the time. A N.Y. Times article from 1985 about the new climate of caution
It's now the 28 room hotel The Liberty Inn. The Liberty Inn Sex Hotel A hotel with hourly rates.