What to Do this Gorgeous Independence Day Weekend: NYC, Brooklyn, and Beyond

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There is a lot to do this 4th of July weekend, and of course, lots not to do. Whatever it is that turns you on, please be safe. Drink safely, drive safely, have sex safely, go boating, or bird watching safely. I don’t want to read about you in the papers come Monday unless you hit the Lotto jackpot or something gorgeous like that. I’m not here tomorrow so let me tell you all about it all today. Tomorrow, July 4th the newly opened Haus, (285 West Broadway) there’s Navid Izadi with Jonny Cruz and Orazio Rispo. They are all gushing and foaming about how hot this club is. The place is new. The pace is gorgeous. The staff is enthusiastic, and I’m buying into it. Apparently the real deal, mofu, bon vivant, extraordinaire Mr. Mark baker is in town and will be hosting events. Mark, a legend in NYC with Life, Lotus, Mansion and a bunch of other fabulous clubs and events in his portfolio, has returned for a minute from gorgeous Bali where he owns and operates Townhouse, the best joint in that part of the globe. He will bring his suave, his cool, and his gorgeous crowd to 1OAK (125 Tuckahoe Lane) in Southampton.

If you are there, go there. I will not be Hampton-ing and will opt to stay in Brooklyn and will surely attend the Dances of Vice July 4th Rockabilly Night Market. The gorgeous Shien Lee has invited me and I don’t say no to her. She is on top of things. This event, the 3rd annual one, will feature live bands, a vintage craft market, a ‘50s record hop, a pinup lomography photobooth, a vintage car show, burlesque, food… well you get the idea. It starts at 5 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m. at Srb Brooklyn (177 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn). Performers include Cash O’Riley, The Ownsome Outlaw, Sean Coleman, and The Quasars with burlesque by Bettina May and Raquel Reed. Sei from Rebel Night will DJ.

For a fun time… go to Metropolitan Bar (559 Lorimer) where the simply gorgeous Michael Cavadias will entertain those less traveled but maybe a bit more unraveled. You couldn’t ask for anything more.

For those who need to go bump in the night to the thump of House music, the legendary, and may I add gorgeous, Danny Tenaglia will DJ with a bunch of others at Output (74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn). If you are out East then surely check out Sounds of Summer:Mambo Lounge at the Parish Art Museum (279 Montauk Highway, Watermill). That’s Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican music and old school Latin and Latin Jazz from 6 p.m. This event may not be for the model/bottle throw the napkins in the air gorgeous, EDM crowd and that just might be swell.

Saturday, July 5th, things should be slowing down as our brains try to absorb all that energy from the big fireworks show and our bellies try to digest all that BBQ. The thing to do is to head to Coney Island 1301 Boardwalk, Brooklyn where the incomparable Louie Vega with Les Carbonell and Nino Beatz will take it to another level. It runs from noon to midnight. The weather will be gorgeous, 84 and sunny, and I am looking gorgeous in a swimsuit these days, all tatted up and trim. I will have myself a Nathan’s hotdog, a candy apple from Williams Candy and ride me some bumper cars… then swim it off.

Some people go bump just in the night. I never stop. Now if you are in always gorgeous Miami Beach for the long weekend then dash over to The Downstairs of The Astor Hotel (956 Washington Avenue) and wish DJ legend Richard Vasquez a happy 72nd birthday. Richard is famous for his deep underground club Choice but has played everywhere that counts. There will a slew of great DJs and great people and I wish him well.

By Sunday July 6th, I probably will be too pooped to party, too stuffed to strut, too gorged on BBQ to be gorgeous, but I may just catch my second wind and enjoy a cool, cool breeze at Le Bain (444 West 13th Street). There, at 5 p.m., I will experience Été D’Amour in Nouveau York featuring Alice Q and Lono Brazil (Disco Unusual/Cottage Groove) on the roof with Max Pask (Throne of Blood) and Miguel Senquiz (Spectral, Real Talk) from until 3 a.m. This might be a perfect ending to a gorgeous weekend.

But wait, there’s more. Club workers will have served you food, drink and sometimes forced smiles this hot, long weekend and might need a party of their own. Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow) wants to fit that bill. Starting this Monday, July 7th, the gorgeous (designed by me) Rooftop at Hotel Chantelle will be open for Family Meal, a brunch party from 2-10 p.m. for the “industry”. This Monday, Andrew Andrew and Lenny Emery will DJ. Brunch menu will be served all day.

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