Copacabana Aims to Bring Retractable Roof to Former China Room


Earlier this month, we learned the Roxy space wouldn’t be revived anytime soon, and now there’s word about another westside clubbing icon, the Copacabana. The long-standing Latin establishment closed in July of 2007 when the city condemned its West 34th Street home (the fourth in its history) in order to make way for the 7-train extension. The club is now temporarily housed at John Juliano’s other place, Columbus 72, but we hear (and the broker on the deal, Alex Picken confirms) that the Copa is in contract at 760 Eighth Avenue, near 47th Street, which used to house another legendary nightspot, the China Club (more recently it’s been home to Eden). Picken tells us that Juliano is planning to install a retractable glass roof along the lines of the dome at Hudson Terrace, so that partygoers can salsa during the winter. The club will plead their case to Community Board 5’s quality of life committee on March 3, and hopes to open about three months from now.