Yesterday, I took a moment to reflect on the birthday of Frank Sinatra, who was born December 12, 1915, and passed in May, 1998. It was kind of ironic to learn on that very day that I will be DJing with DJ Sinatra (no relation) at a Blackbook and Patron party this Wednesday at Stash. Sinatra, like moi, is a 4AM DJ, well known around town and the world at large. Stash is piping hot, pretending to be this little speakeasy kind of joint right next door and to the right of Darby, and to the left and downstairs of Snap Sportsbar. I, like the Yankees, play a Sinatra song to send the crowds out after my game. Good enough for the Yanks is good enough for me.
News comes of the sale of White Noise, one of my favorite spots. I will stop by Friday for Sam Valentine’s bash, which continues to flourish. It will most likely move as new ownership is suffering from "other ideas." Sam is one of the promoters who brings a crowd of rocksters to hear me spin at Hotel Chantelle on Thursdays, where I have been moved from the roof to the lobby. I have hypnotized them into thinking I’m doing well.
Also on the move semi-officially is East Village staple Lucky Cheng’s. Hayne Southern as reported here years ago has been eyeing a Times Square location for her drag and food fest. The majority of her profits come from birthday parties and such, and the new location is far more convenient. It will also provide her with a zillion tourists looking for a real New York experience. These days, they’ve all seen drag queens on TV, and what was taboo a few years ago, is much more accepted in today’s mainstream. As the East Village continues to lose its edge, with rents skyrocketing to Times Square prices, America at large gets a taste, and the girls get steady work.
Also on the move is Dune nightclub in Southampton. The rent is a mere $22,500 per month, which seems fair if you only pay that for the 3 or so months you can actually operate, but that’s $22,500 for 12 months. If you use your iPhone calculator, that means you are spending about $90,000 a month for the season. Plus there’s key money, and it will need some sprucing up, and they’re only offering a 4 year lease. Seems rough, but promotional entities needing to service their big clients during the summer might see it as a must-have. Summer seems far away, as Santa is getting ready to roll, but players know summer will come.
I didn’t get a chance to recap the opening of the Mick Rock photo exhibit at the W Downtown. You, however, can still go there and check out the show without the hordes and all the opening night wristbands and such. The images of Madonna, Bowie, Iggy, and every rock icon imaginable is nothing short of breathtaking. The crowd was an adult rocker crowd, punctuated by notables including John Varvatos, Albert Hammond Jr., Ann Dexter-Jones, Bebe Buell, Betsey Johnson, Caitlin Moe, Chace Crawford, Chaske Spencer, Chelsea Leyland, Frank Tell, Jenne Lombardo, Mark Ronson, Mia Moretti, Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Penn Badgley, Sky Nellor, Skylar Grey, Stephen Baldwin, Theophilus London and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Phantogram performed in the huge tent downstairs which proved to be a rough situation for sound. Around the 3rd track you could actually tell that they were real good. I had a great time and enjoyed my cuddle with my old friend Mick Rock. My crew, which included Lit oncho Erik Foss and Paper guru Carlo McCormick, headed to I Hop for late night pancakes and conversation.
I must note the birthday of my dearest friend Brittany Mendenhall, who is heading into her 2nd Quarter with stars in her eyes, brains in her head, and love in her heart. I adore her and wish her the best.