Location: 47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
While the exterior of the building and detailed stained glass windows remain, the 163-year-old Episcopal church-turned Limelight nightclub has been transformed by Jack Menashe into a trendy shopping emporium and given a new name: Limelight Marketplace.
The 25,000-square-foot building at 656 Sixth Avenue and 20th Street has two full stories and a multi-level maze of 60 little shops on the perimeter of a hollowed out space. Every stand is decorated in black and white, with striped awnings and a checkerboard floor, all very crisp, sleek and professional. In the very back, the cheese wing drops the stripes in favor of a rustic, wood-beamed vibe. Stunning crystal chandeliers sparkle against the stained glass windows of the former church . The cathedral ceiling and other architectural elements were emphasized to create a glorious interior that amazes you everywhere you look.
The second floor consists of lots of little nooks connected by flights of stairs; the third floor is made up of terraces which the mall is calling “sky boxes.” Getting from place to place, you feel like you’re constantly discovering new and uncharted territory and eye pleasing details in the space.