Terminal 5 – The Worst Venue in New York City
It’s Monday morning, the birds are chirping, and we’re preparing for our third straight day of rain. Although I’m one of the few who gets excited when he wakes up to rain, I’m one of the many that cringe at the prospect of attending a show at New York City’s Terminal 5.
A lot of whiners will complain that it’s in the middle of nowhere and that there’s no food in walking distance. If you fall into this category, stop being a diva, walk, take a cab, or walk one block west and drown yourself. Whiners also complain about the lack of parking. It’s New York City. There’s a lack of parking everywhere. However, each time I’ve had to unfortunately attend a show at Terminal 5, there was parking readily available on the street.
I’m a tall guy, so when on the floor, I can see from anywhere and see from over anyone. This isn’t the case for most people. If you’re under 6 feet tall you’re going to be underwhelmed with your view of the stage. There isn’t any way to get crafty in Terminal 5 either. If the tall people in front of you don’t get in the way, you can enjoy one of the many pillars. Maybe you can go to one of the other levels, possibly to get a better view? Not a chance. With the railing, more pillars, and awkward setup on the second and third levels, you’re not seeing anything either.
But wait! There are monitors for you to watch on those levels! If you have binoculars, that is. One perk to marching upstairs, though, is that it’s less crowded and easier to get a drink, if your fancy is wasting $10 on a tiny bit of alcohol. Sightlines for shorter people are always a problem at club shows, but I’ve attended countless shows at other New York City venues with vertically challenged people and they’ve all been able to find a spot and see fine.
The sound is always terrible too.
This building was a factory that was converted to a nightclub called Exit. Exit was converted into a concert hall named Terminal 5. That concert hall will never convert me into being an attendee at one of its shows ever again. Exit? Don’t enter. Trust me.