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In 1996, club kid Michael Alig murdered his friend and sometime drug dealer Andre "Angel" Melendez. Both were closely associated with the Limelight night club, where Alig was known for throwing parties and Angel was known for wearing big white wings. The disturbing details—a drugged-out Alig kept the body on ice in his bathtub for several days before hacking it up and throwing it in the river—made the murder one of the most infamous New York crime stories of the '90s. It even inspired the 2003 Macaulay Culkin movie Party Monster.
Fast forward to September 2010. The Limelight is now a mall selling high-end chocolates and Hunter wellies. And outside, on the weekend, they have two employees dressed as angels greeting customers as they enter. Is this a bizarre reference to the club's gruesome history? Or is it just a weird and horrible coincidence? (It's also a former church, after all.) Either way, it doesn't make us want to stock up on rain boots.
· Inside The World's Greatest Church Turned Club Turned Mall [Racked NY]
· Limelight Angels [Vanishing New York]