A nightclub located in a former Episcopalian church. A disco ball disco haven for night owls and druggies. It became famous for a murder which was later depicted in a movie called Party Monster. Are you still with me? And why am I telling you this?
Because today the same Episcopalian church is home to an upscale group of shops, cafes and bars. The former spiritual sanctuary is now a shopping sanctuary, providing an intimate space for quietly grazing through small boutiques in downtown New York City.
You seemingly are walking down the main aisle of the church as you enter. It is pretty and well designed, so eventually you forget where you are and settle into a shopping mode.
When you get to the top floor there is an exquisite view of the rose window.
And what turned out to be my favorite spot, the Cana Wine Bar. It was small, tucked high and away, sort of romantic, and it had lovely food and an outgoing bartender.
The reason I am introducing the idea of your visiting The Limelight is that I think it is a special and unusual destination in New York City that is especially appealing around the holidays when it is beautifully decorated and offers a quieter venue for gift shopping.
Perhaps the sanctuary you need today simply comes in different forms. Travel sometimes makes me look at things in a totally different light. Limelight.
The Limelight Marketplace, 656 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10011