3. Club 371, 371 East 166th St
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Les Inferno, the glitzy disco club featured in the get down is is a fictional place. However, according to producer Nelson George, the club was based off of the legendary yet short-lived two-floor disco, Club 371, in the Bronx at 371 E. 166th Street. According to the website Hip Hop 101a, Club 371 was “the spot where Harlem’s smooth style came to the Boogie Down Bronx. It’s also the spot where four Manhattan deejays pioneered the disco side of hip hop.” Before its hip hop reputation, it was a hot spot for the gangsters of the Bronx, like Nicky Barnes, a drug kingpin who later become a government informant who is mentioned in The Get Down.
The building that housed Club 371 burned down a few years back, in its most recent incarnation as an Islamic Cultural Center.