Five Last Minute Valentine Date Ideas

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WHETSTONE WINE CELLARS ROMANTIC AFTERNOON, San Francisco

At this ethereal recreation of a 19th Century French chateau, sip Pinot Noir amidst the climbing ivy. Chocolate, cheese and salumi included, should all that smooching work up an appetite.

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HAMPTON LUXURY LINER WINE TOUR, New York

Explore the Duckwalk Vineyards, Baiting Hollow Farm, etc., with your special someone. Lux transportation to and from – sneak a snog in the back of the bus.

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ARTISANAL BISTRO, New York

It’s New York’s exalted temple of cheese. But we strongly recommend the oysters and champagne a deux, for maximum aphrodisiac effect.

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ROYALTON ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY, New York

Buy tickets for yourself and your beloved. Show up separately, and pretend you’ve just met. Rent a room. Take it upstairs. Kinky.

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RAFFAELLO HOTEL STAYCATION, Chicago

Book a suite, forget to eat. Then share gooey gourmet donuts for breakfast. Ah, love.

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Queen of Techno Nicole Moudaber to Perform at Awakenings NYC

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AWAKENINGS NYC, the visually dynamic techno event that’s set to take place on Valentine’s Day at the Hammerstein Ballroom, has just announced that “Queen of Techno,” Nicole Moudaber, will perform alongside another industry heavy-hitter, Victor Calderone, for back-to-back sets.

The inaugural EDM spectacular marks the first stand alone production for the AWAKENINGS brand in North America, which comes as a highly-anticipated follow-up to the event’s showcase, produced by founder Rocco Veenboer, at Electric Zoo 2015. Moudaber joins other confirmed, back-to-back line-ups on Feb. 14 by Adam Beyer B2B Ida Engberg, Julia Govor B2B Kamran Sadeghi and Pan Pot.

2015 was a big year for Moudaber, who finished with lauded remixes for Pan-Pot, Carlo Lio, and landed big bookings in North American. Her weekly radio show, InTheMOOD, is now also broadcast to over 64 FM stations worldwide. BlackBook hunted Moudaber down at her recent New Year’s Eve week set at Output, where she played from open to close.

“I long to do these long sets, especially at Output,” she said. “I like to build a story for eight hours; it allows me to grow and open up both musically and creatively sharing what I love in all styles of music I’m into. Once I’m locked with everyone, we all transform and get transported.”

Output, with its honest mission to feature the best techno and underground talent, resonates well with Moudaber.

“Me, you and the music,” she said. “Their policy works for me—no distractions. The sound system is incredible, as well as the crowd that comes to see me there. They’re clued up musically; they get every meaning of every single record I play. Output is made for the people who appreciate the music. There’s no show off, no rent boys or escorts with bottle serviced table, this is the complete opposite.”

Rent boys notwithstanding, at Awakenings NYC 2016, fans can expect a more intense experience in terms of scope and scale, considering the production values of previous European incarnations. The event is slated to feature unparalleled light shows, sound systems, and special effects, making full use of the Hammerstein Ballroom’s vaulted 75 foot ceilings until 6 a.m. That signature “dark, powerful and mysterious” atmosphere that Moudaber attributes to Output’s magnetism will certainly be felt.

When asked what her biggest achievements were—professionally and personally—in 2015, she surprised us.

“Personally, I just passed my racing license,” she said. “I can officially be on the circuits now, I just need to train. In fact, I’m heading to test the new Porsche. I also learned to control myself a little bit more, I’m very fiery.”

It’s that fire that her fans crave in her dense, deep techno.

“Festival and club appearances were a highlight, as well,” Moudaber admitted of her triumphs in 2015. “I’m feeling so much love out there.”

Time to Flee NYC, is Philadelphia the Next Big Thing?

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A few years back the tide of trendiness washed the unwashed, creative masses ashore in Williamsburg, then Greenpoint and then Bushwick. Nowadays that’s one big neighborhood of fabulousness, but there is a growing feeling that the best days are over. Soaring rents are driving the artists and other creatives out and there goes the neighborhood.

The impending closing of the L train makes the dream look more like a nightmare. Already, the hood is inundated with condos and baby carriages and the talk is of what, or rather where could be next. Of course the natural move follows the L train to the already gentrifying Bed-Stuy, but the thought of commuter buses when the L train tanks is off-putting. There is nearby Ridgewood, but it’s a hop, skip and yet another bus away from the action. Some are talking the Rockaways, while others say LA. LA’s booming economy and predictable weather becons. Some say it isn’t so bad anymore with Venice, kind of cute and trendy Echo Park, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Downtown and all that, but most I know would rather slit their wrists rather than follow Horace Greeley. I am tossing Philadelphia into the equation.

WC Fields on his way to the gallows in the ’40s comedy My Little Chickadee, was granted the customary one final wish. He pleaded, “I’d like to see Paris before I die,” and the crowd growled. He lowered his expectations saying, “Philadelphia will do.” As it turns out, Philadelphia will do. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the “City of Brotherly Love” and have found for the most part that to be true, as people are truly friendlier and it’s a nice place to live. First off the rents are cheap by NY/Brooklyn standards with nice rooms to be found in the $600 range and great one bedrooms, starting around $1500. Drink prices at the countless trendy bars are way cheaper than NYC. There are raves, warehouse parties, a thriving live music scene, a DJ scene and a thriving art scene. Restaurants and foodie culture abounds and design is world class.

Without a celebrity/model base, the bottle service clubs fall short by New York standards, but for me and mine that’s a good thing. The 2 a.m. liquor curfew has people coming out early and retreating to house parties late. All in all, it’s more than survivable and Philly folks tell me there is a wave of ex-New Yawkers moving into trendy hoods like Northern Liberties and Fishtown. A walk around these neighborhoods reveals people that look exactly like the people I rub elbows with on Graham Avenue. The kicker is that Amtrak will whisk you from Philly to NYC Penn Station in an hour and a half, and by car it’s a dependable 2 hours near. You can get your NY fix with minimal effort.

In the mid ’90s at the behest of my girlfriend’s housemates, I joined forces with Philly nightlife heroes Barry Gutin, Larry Cohen, Joe Grasso and John Frankowski to create Shampoo, the first Philadelphia joint to feature a pick-and-choose door jam. The club lasted more than a decade and helped define global nightlife, there. I brought down Grace Jones, RuPaul, Joey Arias, Lady Bunny and some NYC DJs to help out—the place was a hit. At a reunion party in late November, Shampoo was recreated for one night. Major Domos Dan Cantarino, Michelle Bozzi and Nigel Richards (and most of the old gang) reveled in the past, but also the fabulous present and future of Philly nightlife. I came down as their guest—the designer and person who originally named the joint.

I ended up staying, but not just overnight; I got myself a loft. I currently commute up to NYC three or four times a week and stay over from time-to-time. I haven’t missed a beat and don’t miss much of the rat-race as Philly has all that I need to thrive. I am planning on moving back to the Big Apple in a month, since my business demands it and I truly believe NYC is the greatest city in the world. I consider Philadelphia the 6th borough, but I hope my Philly friends don’t take offense.

10 Brilliantly Out of the Ordinary Valentine Gifts

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One can’t help but wince a bit as the annual parade of advertising kicks in for the same old tired, boring Valentine gifts. A true romantic, of course, seeks out something more inspired. So we coupled up with the love gods and goddesses over at Gilt City, for these exclusive deals that will be remembered for a lifetime for their unexpected thoughtfulness. You’ll thank us later, we’re sure.

 

NEW YORK

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Brilliant Bicycle Co.

Put a little more zip in her life, and she may even take you along for the ride. Brilliant Bicycles will ship her a snazzy, three-speed Mayfair bicycle, which, it must be pointed out, comes in all matter of fun, fashionable colors.

Get 31% off at GiltCity.com. 

 

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CrossFit Studio

One month of unlimited access to RX & Bodyweight Mastery will leave him feeling fitter, happier. Run by former gymnast Karl Pearce, the program is designed to improve posture, mobility and body control. And yes, you’ll find him even sexier.

Get 36% off at GiltCity.com.

 

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LOS ANGELES

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Me Time Mobile Spa

What better gift than that of time and beauty? Mobile Spa will come to her, bearing the benefits of a Pumpkin Peel Facial and a glorious Body Glow Treatment.

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Trapeze School Los Angeles

He makes your heart soar. Return the love by sending him soaring for real – with a two hour flying trapeze class. Located above Santa Monica Pier, so he can come home and say things like, ‘The ocean views are almost as breathtakingly beautiful as you.’ Aww.

Get 32% off at GiltCity.com.

 

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MIAMI

For Her

Milan Pole Dance Studio

It’s the hot new thing, pole dancing as a fitness method – with an obviously suggestive undercurrent. Classes have intriguing titles like Aerial Hoop and Exotic Dance; get her started with her first ten.

Get 20% off at GiltCity.com.

 

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The Regent Cocktail Club

What could be sexier than a man who can make a perfect Perfect Manhattan? Buy him the skills with this Craft of Cocktails mixology class, and he’ll be stirring your martini in no time.

Get 23% off at GiltCity.com.

 

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CHICAGO

For Her

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With charming selections like Gwendalina’s Baked Apple, Mulled Wine Spice and Snowman Tea, as well as limited-edition blends like Mango Rosemary and Rooibush Pumpkin, you’ll be warming her all the way through winter. And what’s not to love about a tea shopping spree?

Get 50% off at GiltCity.com.

 

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Virgin Wines

Noticed he’s been getting a craft beer belly? Then this is a doubly thoughtful gift. With a Virgin Wines Club Case of 15 bottles, cultivate his appreciation for the exalted grape, and help to get him back in shape.

Get 64% off at GiltCity.com.

 

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Get Maine Lobster

All shellfish is sort of sensual, isn’t it? Deliver Maine Lobster tails right to her door – all you need to know.

Get 52% off at GiltCity.com.

 

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CLINK. Scotch Tasting

Drinking good scotch in prison? He’ll love it. Hotel Liberty was once a lockup, now it’s a Boston hotspot – and at its CLINK. restaurant, this special scotch tasting dinner with exec chef Anthony Dowadu features an expertly chosen pairing with each course. Spice things up by ‘springing’ him afterwards in your getaway car.

Just $85 at GiltCity.com.

 

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Five Fabulous Valentine’s Day Weekend Staycations

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Most conveniently, Valentine’s Day lands on a Sunday this year. So those already-tough-to-get restaurant reservations will be particularly impossible – only afterwards to wind up back in the familiar (and perhaps not all too romantic) confines of your cramped urban apartment.

So we consulted with the love virtuosos over at Gilt Travel (powered by Secret Escapes), that we might suggest these impossibly romantic weekend staycation alternatives. Hit the pool, order up room service, and snuggle up in very high-thread count sheets.

 

XV BEACON, Boston

Beacon Hill is easily Boston’s most romantic neighborhood; and XV Beacon, in a striking 1903 Beaux Arts building, will so shamelessly pamper you and your beloved that you’ll barely want to leave the hotel. Rooms have gas fireplaces and cashmere throws and the spa does in-room massages. Be sure to book Sunday brunch at the in-house Mooo restaurant, for blueberry beignets and Belgian waffles.

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Along the impossibly elegant Charles Street, Toscano does classical Italian in gorgeously rustic, brick walled surrounds.

Book a contemporary classic room at XV Beacon from just $352 per night at GiltTravel.com.

 

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GANSEVOORT MEATPACKING, New York

During the day, the Meatpacking District is like NYC’s own little corner of old Europa. When those intolerable weekend evening crowds flood in, sneak back under the 400-thread-count sheets in your ultra sexy room at Gansevoort Meatpacking, then order up room service from the hotel’s Chester restaurant (artisanal pizza for two, followed by chocolate covered strawberries). By day, hit the Exhale spa for Fusion Swedish Massages.

Romantic Dinner

If you must leave the hotel, get out of MePa and head to West 4th Street – The Place is one of the city’s most amore-inspiring restaurants.

Book a grand deluxe room at Gansevoort Meatpacking from just $200 per night (two nights minimum) at GiltTravel.com.

 

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THOMPSON CHICAGO

Baby it’s cold in The Windy City in February. But the Thompson Chicago is all warmly darkened, captivatingly sultry spaces and cosseting, loft-like rooms. Nip out into its Gold Coast neighborhood for a bit of posh shopping for your sweetie. The hotel’s low-lit Salone Nico is perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail and a bit of inspired snogging.

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It’s a cliché, but a bit of the bubbly always inspires amour. And RM Champagne Salon is all exposed brick, fireplaces and glittering chandeliers.

Book a superior cityview king room at Thompson Chicago from just $145 a night at GiltTravel.com.

 

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THE HALL SOUTH BEACH, Miami

Spend the Valentine’s Day weekend just lazing about in a private cabana by the Olympic size pool at this charming Joie de Vivre hotel. The Hall has dreamy Art Deco style as well as its own private beach – what could be more cozy? In-house Sunny’s is Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s casual dining spot for fun, beachy eats.

Romantic Dinner

Barton G. is over the top glitter and glamour, with lobster pop tarts, Samurai Tuna and cocktails like the vanilla vodka Sin-Sation and the popsicle adorned Diamonds Are Forever.

Book a deluxe king room at The Hall from just $169 per night at GiltTravel.com. 

 

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PALOMAR LOS ANGELES

Spend a weekend getting your VDay posh on in Beverly Hills. The Palomar has bright, cheerful rooms, a secluded pool and a daily Wine Hour from 5-6pm. All that glittery BH shopping is right nearby – but we recommend just spending the day hanging about in a poolside cabana with that very special someone.

Romantic Dinner

Il Cielo is as enchanting as they come, with Italian-villa style, a garden bedazzled with twinkling lights and lavish Italian cuisine.

Book a premier king room at Palomar Los Angeles from just $209 per night at GiltTravel.com.

 

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The Lively to Open in Underground Meatpacking Location with Boozy Snow Cones

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The Lively, 26 9th Avenue, will open Feb. 3 and on paper it looks like a hit. With a great Meatpacking location, it’s a unique and functional space, has a well-heeled parent company in BR Guest and has a new, enthusiastic marketing team in Manny Del Castillo and Emily Sands. (You’re waiting for a “but,” so I will provide one or more of those). But the space has never worked. HILO and The Bunker Club came in with great expectations, but never found an identity and both slipped into irrelevance.

Everyone knows the building as it sits in that triangular, anvil-like place where 14th Street is bisected by 9th Avenue and Hudson Street. The actual joint is located beneath the cobblestone under 9th Avenue in an ancient vault. The underside of manhole covers can be seen while you sip drinks. Despite all sorts of 21st century engineering , annoying leaks keep management on their toes. I heard it was to be made into a place back in the ’70s, but that didn’t happen. It was too complicated to make work. Sex clubs used to occupy the expansive brick and mortar basement, but these places, as well as the clubs 675 and Troy, were actually in the basement of the building. The Lively space is under the street and being under a city street meant the Bureau of Transportation had to be involved when the permitting process began. First time I saw it, Steve Hanson the BR Guest overlord showed it to me and my old design partner. We wanted to put up a glass ceiling, so you could see the cobblestones. There we no credible staircases, so we slid down to it and climbed back up. It was all rubble, iron and dreams. All the major players looked at it, but their dreams just didn’t mesh with BR Guests.

BR Guest is a major restaurant operator with Dos Caminos, Blue Water Grill, Atlantic Grill, Bill’s Bar and Burgers to name a few. They’re real good at restaurants, but less so with nightlife. Think Michael Jordon trying to play baseball. Mike had all the tools, but, well, couldn’t hit a curveball and nightlife is all about curveballs. Manny has a solid nightlife resume with places like Griffin and Le Baron in it. At those joints Manny had to deal with curveballs, screwballs and even spitballs. He’s great at tweaking and rebranding. You can see his work at the Gansevoort Market, which I hear might close as that block is being developed. I asked Manny to tell me all about The Lively:

 

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You are in a space that’s never been a hit, despite high profile players and a great location. What makes you think this time is the charm?

“The Lively embodies an open door policy. It is a community process, getting the right players to do what they are best at. Everything is well thought-out, the nights are being programmed with both staple New York nightlife artists as well as supporting new and up and comers.

The Lively is fresh and original, bringing back to the area a more gritty downtown, yet sophisticated vibe. It’s a local hangout where creatives from around the city can come together and relax with like-minded individuals. Drinks are cheap, delicious and inventive. Late ’70s-inspired cocktails, Boozy Snow Cones, canned beer and wine and Bottles that max out at $275 making it by far the lowest price point in the neighborhood.”

The Meatpacking District is a high-profile high traffic location. Dos Camino’s the BR Guest property that houses your space is hugely successful even by Dos Camino’s standards. How will you exploit the location? what are the upsides and downsides?

“We want to actually embrace the creative community that surrounds The Meatpacking district, instead of alienating them. Everything from Chelsea galleries, Red Bull Studios, Soho House and of course the New Whitney, draw all the ‘types’ of people who will love and be inspired by The Lively. Exploiting the area is easier because we are using the resources and people who frequent these areas as our target demographic to dictate how the space functions, the design, logo, branding, marketing and nightly programming.”

The Lively is one of the best names I’ve heard in recent years. It really defines what you are doing with live acts. What’s in a name?

“The name is everything. The Lively is a way of life; The Lively is the feeling we want people to feel when they walk in: alive. The current nightlife is somewhat staged and feels contrite. We want to get back to the roots of what makes people ‘feel’ in the nightlife world. Great live music, great design, great drinks, great food—a space dedicated to making you feel Lively.”

You’ve come in as a marketing/branding consultant for BR Guest, which is a great restaurant operator, but a bit short on the nightclub stuff. How are you a deep club operator interfacing with this hospitality giant and what are you doing marketing-wise?

“We are a creative agency. We were hired to come on and to conceptualize everything from design, brand development, initial media and programming, as well as help connect the right people to the space to shape and mold what The Lively entails. BR Guest Hospitality is a great company to work with, very supportive, and they have given us great creative liberty to be inventive and innovative. They knew that the space needed something fresh and original.

 

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Boozy Snow Cones

Nightlife is a niche, difficult industry. It’s about personal relationships and building through word of mouth, through various marketing tools and most importantly with Millenials through grassroots social media platforms. As an agency we try to combine design and marketing using our local community of friends to help spread the word. For example, Artist Futura and Son 13th Witness are doing an art installation in the space. Both have immense followings on social media and have huge marketing platforms. Not only are we excited and thrilled they are apart of this project, but it is also great press material and helps give The Lively credibility with our target demographic. Social media is a huge part of our campaign. We create a storyline that people want to follow through the process of unveiling the new space. Everything from carpentry to drink making to connecting artists with patrons. This is all part of our campaign to connect the community through organically driven marketing.

Less obvious marketing avenues are design features we hope will help market the space organically. We have boozy snow cones that we specifically created because they are Instagram-worthy, fun and different. We also are serving food, “Hottie Pockets” and have Jean Prouve inspired benches, an amazing sound system by world renowned Global Audio Systems and sophisticated yet fun logo’s created by LA-based graphic designer Michelle Svoboda.”

New Music From Massive Attack! Check out Spooky Video for ‘Take it There’

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We haven’t heard from Massive Attack in half a dozen years – but they’ve come back strong, with the release yesterday of the stunning new EP Ritual Spirits. (A second EP will follow in spring.) Guests on the four songs include Roots Manuva, Azekel, Scottish hip-hop collective Young Fathers and longtime Massive collaborator Tricky.

In particular, the eerie but sexy new track ‘Take it There’ is characterized by a languid, haunted rap by Tricky. And its desolate, strikingly shot and obviously noir-influenced accompanying video features former Deadwood and Eastbound & Down star John Hawkes, building to a bizarre climax of some sort of freaky, ritualistic zombie dancing.

Always massive, never boring.

 

Check Out Foxy New Inna Modja Video For ‘Tombouctou’

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Vanity Fair called her a “feline force” on stage. And indeed, Malian born and Paris-based Inna Modja (which translates as “Inna is Bad”) has dazzled Europa, with top ten hits in France and Belgium. Now on the strength of her third album, Motel Bamako, she’s finally invading the US shores.

This February 9, she’ll play to a US audience for the first time, appearing as part of the long running Annie O. Music Series—still possibly the most exciting, innovative music series in New York City—at The Standard, East Village hotel. (BlackBook readers can RSVP for the 7pm show to aohayon@standardhotels.com.)

Annie enthuses, “As soon as I heard Inna’s music, I felt I had to introduce it to an American audience. She is an extraordinary talent – and the penthouse at the Standard, East Village is an intimate venue with New York City as its backdrop, an ideal place to experience emerging international artists such as her.”

 

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While Inna is here, she will as well be appearing at the UN, as part of the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation.

The Annie O. series will also feature Rebecca Jordan—who has written songs with John Legend and for Kelly Clarkson, and has been covered by Prince—on February 22, as well as Israeli singer-songwriter Ninet on February 25. To make a night of it, hit Café Standard at the hotel for excellent cocktails before or after the show.

 

Celebrity Deaths Put Focus On Clubland Lives

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The spate of celebrity deaths, with David Bowie’s typically showing us how it is done, has brought a profound sense of mortality to those who stay up late. Club favorite Natalie Cole, The Eagles’ Glenn Frey, actor Alan Rickman and TV mainstays Dan Haggerty and Bob Denver are just some of the names that have left us too soon. It’s the talk of the town and has many focusing on taking care of the living who are in dire need. There are two folks, in particular, who need our attention: Moises Santana and Colonel Abrams.

Santana was subMercer’s Security Supervisor, who everybody calls “Mo.” He was way more than your typical security, lending his vast charms to that charming place. Mo was in a terrible car accident, but has since miraculously recovered. A fundraiser to help with medical bills and Mo’s continuing recovery, “Spread the Love,” is taking place Monday, Jan. 25 at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., and will attract the best nightlife has to offer. (Tickets and event information are available, here).

On most nights a few years back, I’d enjoy walking the evening’s party off in Soho, where relatively fresh air would sweep away the noise and pollution of a night out clubbing. For me, subMercer would be the last stop before home and there, the hostess with the mostest Gabby Meija would entertain friends, celebrities and nightlife A-listers to the tune of big room DJs in a small underground space.

Located in the basement of the Mercer Hotel, the place always delivered. While many danced in the bowels of the hotel, others knew the real party could be found upstairs by the entrance door with Mo. There, a couple of well-placed benches accommodated smokers and others seeking a break, while door doyen Richard Alvarez and Mo entertained. The charming wit and decent honesty of Richard and Mo made getting inside the club not as necessary; most of the declined still left with a big smile. Richard, now banging his big smile in Miami, said “[Mo] was a complete gentleman—always that smile next to mine. It was like a double whammy. We had such a bond. It’s good that people will gather to help this wonderful man.”

Gabby echoed Richard’s sentiments:What was also exceptional about him was his warmth and impeccable manners, and the fact that he treated everyone who approached the door with equal kindness, respect and a radiant, sincere smile—from celebrities to royalty to kids from Bushwick and thugs from God knows where,” she said. “Even those he turned away became fans, never taking offense and walking away with smiles. That’s because he treated them respectfully, never making them feel like they weren’t fit for the club. They’d wind up just hanging out on the street [and] rapping with him, knowing not to push it again or trying to butter him up. He was clear, but kind and often as good as anything going on downstairs—maybe better because Moises is real and just one of those rarefied souls you meet in the city that emanates warmth. Mo was a true and humble New Yorker that way.”

Mo was and remains a multi-layered individual. When you met him, you felt like he was an old friend. When you became an old friend, you always felt like he knew you deep inside. He could whisk an off the deep end celebrity out a back door, a damsel in distress to safety or handle himself if need be. Now he needs us. Mark Chin, Managing Director of Keller WIlliams Tribeca, who’s personally underwriting this event with the real estate firm where Mo “daylighted,” will match any funds that come in.

Back when I was running the Palladium for Steve Rubell and Ian Schraeger, there was a battle going on over musical programming. Those two made their mark with Disco at Studio 54, while my very hip English assistant Rachel insisted that Disco was dead and House would soon sweep the land as it had done in her homeland. She knew what she was talking about, so I booked Colonel Abrams and other House acts, but Steve and Ian didn’t understand. I got thrown out on my ass and landed on my feet at the World on East 2nd Street, where I made my mark with House. The Colonel, however, has little except fame to show for it, which provoked an event at XL nightclub last Thursday to raise money for him.

Don Welch of the Underground Network spoke to this: “We are grateful for our team of professionals who’ve been involved with assisting The Colonel, like Derek Jenkins and the Jenkins family, Julie Black Pearl, David Peart, as well as Bea Montgomery and Larkie Rucker of Club Zanzibar,” he said. “For the last two months we’ve been working to secure the Colonel with housing so that he is no longer on the streets, thus the creation of a GoFundMe campaign we started to get immediate financial assistance for urgent housing and healthcare service.”

Since the world of dance music is flush with money, it’s time to give back to those who made it all possible, but can no longer generate funds to live on. The success of  the XL event has spurred the creation of an organization that will help other legends. Don and Tony Herbert have spearheaded this development: “Working to help out another human being as we have done here for the Colonel has created a movement behind our involvement,” Don said. “We are excited to announce the formation of an organization that has been created to assist recording artist,s dancers, comedians, DJs and other performers who may fall on similar hard times. The name of is T.E.R.F. (The Artist Relief Fund).”