Element 225 E. Houston St. (@ Essex St.)
Lower East Side
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Tickets, hand stamps, paper bracelets, high-tech ID checkers, and a full-on frisk at the door? If ever there were a mini-mega club, it’s Element. Housed in the former bank where club Chaos also once resided, this is unlike anything the Lower East Side has seen in a while. Street-cred parties like Turntables on the Hudson come here to entertain a crowd that just wants to dance. While the omnipresent speakers are ground-rattling, this three-floor space itself is less than earth-shattering. The spacious main floor is awash with blue and purple lighting coming from the wrap-around balcony above. It’s up there that the house-heavy DJs call home. Downstairs is a cave-like lounging area of exposed stonewalls, which will surely be put to use on busy weekends when people from everywhere but Element’s neighborhood come to play.