C, E at 50th St.; 1 at 50th St.; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.
Since opening on New Year's Eve 1919, the Roseland Ballroom has played host to Charleston-dancing flappers in the '20s, dime-a-dance hustlers during the Great Depression, Lindy-bopping swingers with the big band sounds of Duke Ellington and saddle-shoed bobby-soxers shaking to the rebellious rock 'n' roll of the '50s. Today, Roseland is an alternative music haven for indie rockers, mosh pits and eardrum-shattering speakers, although once in a while megastars like Metallica and even The Rolling Stones will play in this 3,500 venue to reassert their street cred. The space itself recalls the days of black-tie Friday nights and posh, society parties. The hardwood floors, concert stage and room-circling balcony give the ballroom a sense of intimacy and class absent in most arenas. However, in such a small space, things can get extremely cramped, especially when slam dancing is added to the mix. When the hall gets decked out for a special event, though, visitors are pampered, as the entire venue gets a full makeover to suit the event. From tattoo conventions to Versace runway shows to professional boxing matches, there isn't much that this venue hasn't seen.House Rules
Visitors are not permitted to bring in water bottles, and the bar will not give out tap water for free. Also, leave your gum at home.
Roseland is a rentable space that is available for parties and events. Past events include the opening night party for the Mel Brooks musical, The Producers, the premiere parties for The Sopranos and Mulan, and Paul McCartney's Buddy Holly Tribute. Call 212-489-8350 for details.