Sunday, May 2, 2010

Marc Berkley, Alejandro Flores and Laura Garza

The New York Nights Nightlife Report for May 2, 2010
Compiled by
Gamal Hennessy

…I hunt down the nightlife news so you don’t have to…

New York Nights is preempting its normal nightlife coverage to mark the passing of three people who, each in their own way, impacted the nightlife industry and culture. We will resume our regular coverage next week.

Marc Berkley
Marc Berkley was an influential promoter, publisher and gay activist. During his career he created long running events at iconic venues including Saint, Limelight, and the Roxy. He founded HX and Empire magazines, coordinated the 19th and 20th Pride anniversaries and was an outspoken advocate for nightlife during the Giuliani era crackdowns. On April 24, 2010 he
died peacefully in his sleep of unknown causes.

Laura Garza
Laura Garza was an aspiring dancer who moved from Texas to New York City in 2008. She was last seen leaving Marquee on December 3, 2008 with a man who was later identified as Michael Mele a convicted sex offender. Ms. Garza has been missing since that night, but her
remains were identified last week near Scranton Pennsylvania. This new discovery could mean additional charges for Mr. Mele, who is currently serving a one to three year sentence on unrelated charges.

Alejandro Flores
Alejandro Flores was a manager of Sin Sin and Leopard Lounge in the East Village. He was a constant fixture at the long running Soulgasm events as well as the open mic and open turntable events that Sin Sin was known for. Alejandro also personally helped me during my experience as a DJ for the Scratch Collective. Unconfirmed reports indicate that on April 24th, Mr. Flores fell onto the tracks and was struck and killed by an MTA train.

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