A New York Recording Studio Born in 1976

From a Con Edison power plant, to the Power Station, to Avatar Studios, to TBD.

It’s not every article that can lead with the titles of iconic rock albums:

“Like a Virgin.” “Born in the U.S.A.” “Tattoo You.” Clapton’s “Unplugged.”

From there, NYT Metro writer Matthew Chaban’s look at the history of the Power Station, a recording studio fashioned out of an old Con Edison power plant, hits all the right notes. Now known as Avatar Studios, the building on 53rd Street is for sale.

While the owners told the writer they want to pass on the property to someone willing to continue the location’s studio heritage, there’s always the possibility that no such acceptable offer will be presented. Meanwhile, there is already a long line of interested developers.

Chieko Imamura, who owns the building with her husband Kirk, bought it initially out of bankruptcy in 1996 with her mother. Nile Rogers, with Chic, was the first to record at the Power Plant under previous owner Tony Bongiovi. It was Rogers who then brought in Madonna.

A place like this has so many great memories. Here’s just one more from Chaban’s article that we had to share:

Once when Mr. Bongiovi’s father was visiting he got into an elevator with his son and Bruce Springsteen.

“He turns to Bruce, having no idea who he is, and says, ‘You work here?’” Mr. Bongiovi recalled. “Bruce says yes, and my dad says: ‘You better make sure the room is clean. There’s a big star coming in, Bruce something.’ And Bruce, without missing a beat, just says, ‘Yes sir, I’ll make sure of it.’”

Regardless of who winds up buying the building, The Power Station will live on in satellite form in Pompano Beach, Fla.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.