NYC mourns the loss of Marc Berkley

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Marc Berkley

Marc Berkley , One of NYC’s most prominent and  influential gay nightlife entrepeneurs over the last few decades, was found dead on Fire Island Saturday morning after complaining of chest pains the night before; He was 56. Marc was one of the chief architects of NYC nightlife and culture.  He was Co-founder of famed HX Magazine along with his business partner Matthew Bank;  His parties were  at every legendary venue including Club USA, Palladium, Tunnel, Roxy and Limelight. In the 90’s he railed against Mayor Giuliani’s Disney-ification of NYC and subsequent war on nightlife, He was once quoted as saying that he would do parties at limelight for free  “ If that club stays open one day longer than Giuliani’s term, We won.”

He was creator of the FAGTAG card , whose carriers were treated with the VIP  experience and whose namesake magazine was in the works for launch in the near future;   More importantly  Marc was  known for his extremely generous contributions to several charities, that have  helped countless individuals.  Marc’s vision and impact is evident everywhere we look in gay culture and we thank him for taking the road less traveled and for touching so many of our lives through the dance.

An article from NYmag describes Marc’s involvement and inspriations : [NYMAG]

Marc’s facebook profile has become a living memorial to the legendary promoter: [FACEBOOK]

A Memorial service will be held for Marc Berkley’s family and friends at Redden’s Funeral Home at 7pm on Wednesday April 28th, 2010. Redden’s is at 325 West 14th Street in Manhattan. A memorial celebration of Marc Berkley’s life is being planned and will be announced shortly. No flowers, please. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Marc’s name to the GLBT community charity of your choice.

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