610 West 56th St
New York, NY 10019
Hours: Music times vary
Subway: 1,A,C,B,D to Columbus Circle
Written by: Ben Ramos
The main draw of the Terminal 5 is without a doubt the lineup. Night in, night out, the space books top level talent, from established bands with a solid fan base to up and coming new acts. The venue also doesn’t distinguish between genres, scheduling a varying array of acts such as MIA, The Black Keys, Massive Attack, Of Montreal, The Raconteurs and Vampire Weekend.
During the daytime, the entrance to Terminal 5 looks like any of the several roll down garage doors that line the surrounding neighborhood. At night the doors open to a black and white tiled box office lined on each side by white walled hallways with rows of little chandeliers and helpful photo-colored maps of the venue to help you navigate between the floors.
Opened in 2007 and occupying the former space of the DEA raided Club Exit, the young club retains its gritty, fringe of town reputation with its simplistic design and standardized attributes. The main area contains a large elevated stage surrounded by three vertical mezzanines that wrap around the rectangular dance floor. The mezzanines put the viewer on top of the crowd, and nearly on stage, without joining the frantic main-floor action below. The elevated stage provides a large platform for performance, including space for a video board, full choreographed dance numbers as well as a fully organized and arranged lightshow set-up, to accompany the state of the art sound system.