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NYC Mourns The End Of Uptown's Legendary Apt.78

Grand opening, grand closing.

They say all good things must come to an end, and in this particular case the old adage rings especially true. Five years after its landmark debut, Uptown gem and local favorite Apt.78 is approaching its denouement.

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"There is pretty much nothing else I can possibly accomplish at Apt.78 that can make me happy at this point," writes owner and Washington Heights native Jose Morales. "I have honestly fulfilled that already."

Apt.78 – akin to your pana's living room – served as a judgement-free zone, cultural oasis and turn-up district, where the walls got to witness sangria-induced twerk-offs and honeydip exchanges. Not to mention, la sala was a source of reclamation for this VIBE writer, who upon homecoming witnessed the jarring displacement of family friends, childhood shops and restaurants, and other local gems (read: gentrification).

"Once the passion is gone it's time 2 move on & that's what I'm doing," Jose adds in his Instagram post. "I never been so clear headed in my life or as happy.The enjoyment of mastering the present moment has allowed me 2 make the right decision for the future."

Loyal fans across New York City caught wind and were instantly met with bittersweet memories of their time spent at the now-legendary lounge…

When I first decided to open apt78 I wanted to create a venue where it targeted a specific audience that other venues NOT only uptown but the entire NYC lacked.We focused on bringing dope DJ's to come spin at a 100 person venue for FREE!!We wanted to create a space for that individual that had an idea,dream,or talent and help show case whatever it was they wanted to do for FREE. Think about all the shit we did first that everyone else did after?!! Most importantly a judgement free fun party environment. All these thoughts and visions I had were accomplished 100%.There is pretty much nothing else I can possibly accomplish at Apt.78 that can make me happy at this point.I have honestly fulfilled that already.The constant battling (of you know what)took away the fun and passion I once had.Once the passion is gone it's time 2 move on & that's what I'm doing.I never been so clear headed in my life or as happy.The enjoyment of mastering the present moment has allowed me 2 make the right decision for the future.So with that being said the Legendary APT.78 will be closing its doors come January 1st.I want to Thank every single person That has ever worked at APT.78 you helped built some legendary shit in NYC!Thanks 2 every person that has held a charity event,Thank you to all the local schools and organizations that allowed us to host their events and functions. Thanks to all the DJ's tht came thru 2 spin & saw the vision and helped us promote the venue!Thank you 2 every single person that has hosted an event or started at APT.78 with their events or businesses etc.You're all loved and appreciated.Thank you 4 your partnership.All the magazines,blogs, newspapers, tv shows, celebrities, artist, athletes tht showed love thank you. Thank you most importantly 2 the best & most loyal customers/family ever!You left all the judging all your problems, stress, everything at the door bc we only represented 1 thing & that was FUN!We understand the community is changing so we want to play a role in that!Its only the beginning.We will relocate the venue in 2016,the brand will continue to grow,Big events new location etc.Thanks again & look out 4 "BODEGA PIZZA" at APT.78 in 2016 🙂

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