NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Eggnog Edition

Wednesday night, André Balazs accepted a small green KidRobot monster. There’s nothing quite like an awards ceremony to inject a little energy into nightlife, and the gracious Balazs excitedly accepting on behalf of his Standard Hotel promised energy is on the upswing. Just being in the same room as nightlifers like Six Six Sick and Harley & Cassie invigorated my addiction to the night, and I’m not the only one.

Perhaps it’s because people want their noms next year, but suddenly there is so much to do. The trees are getting trimmed and the eggnog is flowing freely with a number of places to partake in the merry-making. CV makes a splash with Diddy and Jay-Z paying it an Empire State visit and vies for a place on the Thursday-night party scene, with Amanda Leigh Dunn playing hostess to a downtown crew. Maialino gives you just one more reason to pop into the Gramercy Park Hotel. Suddenly we’re reminded how great the drinks taste at Macao and Apothéke. With wintery hideaways, new restaurant openings, and new faith in old parties, the holiday season is beginning to look a lot like New York Nightlife.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: There’s nothing like extending your weekend during the holidays. In fact, the holidays are one big weekend, starting with a nice cozy brunch, and easing into football or other day drinking opportunities. Which explains why Sundays are so very important. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – If gold is on your Christmas wishlist, indulge in the cozy gilded music hub. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan themed bar + holidays + booze + sketchy people = Sunday mental vacation. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – The Van Dam party isn’t by Jean Claude, but it’s still just as ass-kicking. ● White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – Suddenly a staple! Worth a Look: ● Brooklyn Yard (Williamsburg) – Sunday Best in your Sunday’s Best! ● Charles (West Village) – Cozy charmer is quite possibly even more charming in the light of day. French toast, ricotta pancakes, eggs in the hole, and the lobster BLT balance custom cocktails that make you feel pretty darn good about drinking. Again.

MONDAY

Lowdown: Monday night means the beginning of your drinking week, the nearing end of your fantasy football league, and the drowning of sorrows and celebrating of victories. Here’s how we do it. Hot Now:Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Not only is this a truly great place to get sloshed on Mondays, I am now excited to admit it. There’s a cool, younger crowd that’s mixing in on Mondays and adding a bit of an edge to the festivities. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy during the holidays after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football). ● Diesel Presents Danny Clark’s Monday Nights at The Ainsworth. It’s hosted every Monday Night by Giants Linebacker Danny Clark, and admission to the football party includes cocktails, beer, and food. All proceeds are 100% tax deductible and support the Danny Clark Foundation. Meh.Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Gramercy has sharpened its edge, with a little help from Nur and a new resto. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan, and now the music enthusiast is upping his game with Nur Kahn’s Rose Bar Sessions, featuring a band every Tuesday night. But they are secret shows. So shh. ● Maialino (Gramercy) – Now you can eat, stay, and party the whole way through the GPH. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. And really, Avenue is good every night — right? ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Dear Santa: I would like kegs of champagne for Christmas, wheeled out to me by elves. Thanks. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Green is for garland and mistletoe! And Vodka!

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day may prove to be a weekday favorite for the holiday season. Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival — so cozy for the winter season. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed hot night. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. Well, it’s in the whole of Greenhouse, but it’s better down below. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Again, Avenue. But this is a raging night for the kids on the Ave. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian-guarded door. Worth a Look:Southside (Nolita) – Tutti, Franco, and Brion run the DJ booth. If you think you know, you have no idea. ● Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) – Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. ● Coffee Shop (Union Square) – One of the true day clubs, chocked full of promoters networking via text message; the basement named USL will be making random appearances throughout the week.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night, which could explain why Butter is moving their dancey Friday party — Whipped — to Thursdays come 2010. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:CV (Lower East Side) – Something has finally been done with the oversaturated spot formerly known as 105 Rivington. Hopefully Amanda Leigh will continue with the feel good vibes and attract a good, loyal crowd. ● BEast (Chinatown) – Main Man, Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery, is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. Worth a Look: Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still a great standby for good times, while the down belows — USL (down below Coffee Shop) and Macao’s basement opium den are also a great place to begin your holiday descent. Coming Up:Butter (Noho) – Friday-night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Civetta bit the dust for a bit, as we look to Santos’ Party House to bring it with their OPEN party. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow); even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. Worth a Look:Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights. ● Santos’ Party House (Chinatown) – A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip. Upstairs. Funk.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Whether you are above or below 14th Street, you should probably be planning on going out somewhere near to or below 14th Street. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – Again, try your luck. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Worth a Look: Bagatelle (Meatpacking District) – Bagatelle’s scene gets an early start with their Rock and Roll Brunch.

Other Parties to Keep the Holidays Rolling: With Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel, the café with a devoted following in Nolita has taken root. And even better news? The Jane will be reopening the dancefloor to a bevvy of dance eccentrics and poseurs. If you are entertaining some out-of-towners on the weekends, Friday and Saturday nights at Highbar offers a nice (warm) view of the city. Fully heated and enclosed by glass windows — you don’t have to worry about the weather. Kittichai at 60 Thompson has just introduced three- and four-course prix fixe modern Thai menus for reasonably priced holiday meals. These are set menus served family style and available for 6 to 35 guests. A loophole to avoid Aunt Mildred’s meat pie!

NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Basement Edition

An unassuming tourist type at an unassuming football bar tells me this: “New York restaurants are crazy! There’s a club in every basement!” I nod my head. He means RdV, the bass-thumping club below Bagatelle. “No,” says the unassuming tourist, “We were in some East Village pizza restaurant or something!” Jesus, it can be tough keeping up with the NYC Jones. There seems to be tons of hidden gems that try to stay away from the people like me who can write about them, Twitter about them, Facebook about them, and ultimately ruin them. Some things are worth keeping a secret, but when the party is in the basement of Coffee Shop or some media lunch spot that regularly gets off on decent press, it’s easy to broadcast. Some other things will remain a mystery, until I can fully understand if it’s an actual basement party or simply a couple of bus boys getting high between shifts.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: It’s been a while since the playing field has leveled, but it seems as though there are some new sketchy Sundays in our future. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Some say this is as good as Sundays could get. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan-themed rocker. Share in the angst with La Lohan on Sunday-night Morrissey fests. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Though it may have a troubled door, Green’s Sunday night has been thriving. Worth a Look:White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – A pretty awesome Sunday-nighter, taking the back door while we all were watching the front for their awesome Friday-night party to return. Sunday is one to stumble into; don’t expect boldfaced names like on Fridays.

MONDAY

Lowdown: The Monday party is a Manhattan mainstay, but let’s not forget about Monday Night Football; we did, and accidentally found ourselves having an awesome time at sporty spaces. Hot Now:Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends. ● Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Monday night was packed again, though curiously the party is getting to be a bit more hipster. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, sweaty hotspot after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football). ● Diesel Presents Danny Clark’s Monday Nights at The Ainsworth. It’s hosted every Monday Night by Giants Linebacker Danny Clark, and admission to the football party includes cocktails, beer, and food. All proceeds are 100% tax deductible and support the Danny Clark Foundation.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Tuesday clubs and bars vie to be the next hip or hipster watering hole, as real hipsters finally venture out to the fancy clubs they previously ignored. How ironic. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan, and now the music enthusiast is upping his game with Nur Kahn’s Rose Bar Sessions, featuring a band every Tuesday night. Last Tuesday it was Elefant. And it was awesome. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Backlash! People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – And for the non-hipsters and everyone in between, go green. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays at this place is kind of like that weird dream you had once about falling into a parallel world where people tapped Champagne bottles in lieu of kegs. Dreams do come true. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL.

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day may prove to be a weekday favorite for the holiday season. RdV packed them in last night, Coffee Shop (???) and Norwood had a resurgence. Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed hot night. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Chelsea is hot on Thursday nights, thanks to Avenue. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian-guarded door. Worth a Look:Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) – Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. ● Coffee Shop (Union Square) – One of the true day clubs, chocked full of promoters networking via text message, the basement was taken over by Prince Peter. The basement? I didn’t even know that they had a basement …

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:BEast (Chinatown) – Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – The view looks really good on Thursdays at this lounge with a view. Apparently a good place for drinks before you actually go out. Worth a Look:Baddies (West Village) – Collette and a slew of good-looking guys and gals make this space a great after-dinner dance spot. ● Hotel on Rivington (Lower East Side)- At the penthouse, Madonna’s main squeeze is DJing. Again. Go bask in his good looks. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – DJ Tati brings a Brazilian flavor to Thursday. Events: Or should we say “the event of the century”? Diddy celebrates his 40th at The Plaza.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Hot Now:Butter (Noho) – Friday night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. ● Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow); even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. Worth a Look:Civetta (Nolita) – Finally, a fun late-night spot to hit in this nabe? Steve Lewis says it’s true. ● Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Whether you are above or below 14th Street, you should probably be planning on going out somewhere near to or below 14th Street. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – Again, try your luck. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Worth a Look: Bagatelle (Meatpacking District) – Bagatelle’s scene gets an early start with their Rock and Roll Brunch.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties

As the holidays near, it’s fun to roll the dice on what former hotspot will have a revival, or what invitees may finally get a glimpse of the most exclusive space by way of special event invitation. This week alone the The Bowery Hotel had a major resurgence, proving it’s a party player by hosting the annual Humane Society’s Cool vs. Cruel benefit, back-to-back with tonight’s Art Rocks! event. Same with the six-thousand-foot “local hang'” — The Ainsworth — which was ground zero for Stylecaster’s Short Films Premiere Party. Sienna and Savannah Miller hosted a dinner to celebrate their spring 2010 collection at the Royalton (not exactly the downtown scene we’d imagined for them). Party palaces also revive with extreme makeovers’ the closed 105 Rivington space — a splinter off of the Rivington Hotel — is getting a redux. It will be called CV, and it had a little show-and-tell this past Tuesday. All in all, the holiday times bring a little nightlife cheer in the form of new beginnings at old places, reminding people how awesome some of our nighttime landmarks can be.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: It’s been a while since the playing field has leveled, but it seems as though there are some new sketchy Sundays in our future. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Some say this is as good as Sundays could get, but they got even better last weekend when they celebrated their big two-year anniversary with DJ Jesse Marco, Mark Ronson, Danny Masterson, and the like. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan-themed rocker. Share in the angst with La Lohan on Sunday-night Morrissey fests. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Though it may have a troubled door, Green’s Sunday night has been thriving. Worth a Look:White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – A pretty awesome Sunday-nighter, taking the back door while we all were watching the front for their awesome Friday-night party to return. Sunday is one to stumble into; don’t expect boldfaced names like on Fridays.

MONDAY

Lowdown: It’s true, Le Souk (East Village) is officially closed. East Villagers grievethe loss, sort of. But let’s not forget about Monday Night Football; we did, and accidentally found ourselves having an awesome time at sporty spaces. Hot Now:Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends. ● Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Monday night was packed again, though curiously the party is getting to be a bit more hipster. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, sweaty hotspot after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football). Events: On November 16, GuestofaGuest will be celebrating their new site design, with a Re-Design Party at 675 Bar.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Tuesday clubs and bars vie to be the next hip or hipster watering hole, as real hipsters finally venture out to the fancy clubs they previously ignored. How ironic. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan. This is certainly his Rose. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Backlash! People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – And for the non-hipsters and everyone in between, go green. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays at this place is kind of like that weird dream you had once about falling into a parallel world where people tapped Champagne bottles in lieu of kegs. Dreams do come true. ● Simyone (Meatpacking) might be able to add another notch on its belt, Tuesday are haute at SL. Events: ● Stylecaster brought out Matt&Maia and Steven Rojas to DJ a massive party at The Ainsworth — which they filled to the brim with downtown fashion folks.

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day was hot last night, with friends proudly tweeting their whereabouts at Boom Boom Room (I’m not sure I know of a tweet with more pride behind it). Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed ‘hot’ night, but last night it was taken over (on the early side) for The Frisky’s Milestone Party. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Chelsea is hot on Thursday nights, thanks to Avenue. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian guarded door. Worth a Look:Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. Events: Nigel Barker, Victoria Bartlett, Samantha Ronson came out to The Bowery Hotel for the Humane Society’s Cool vs. Cruel benefit. Next Wednesday, the 18th, head down to Yigal Azrouël for a completely different kind of party.The deconstructed hipster hot shop is having a serious sample sale from 9am until 7pm. Swill champagne and pick up Yigal’s Men’s Women’s and accessories for around 70% off. Pick up an outfit and maybe you’ll even pick up a cutie for a party later that night.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:BEast (Chinatown) – Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – The view looks really good on Thursdays at this lounge with a view. Worth a Look:Baddies (West Village) – Collette and a slew of good-looking guys and gals make this space a great after-dinner dance spot. Events:Art Rocks! brings out Arden Wohl and John Whitledge of Trovata, ThreeAsFour, Tim Barber, DJ Cassidy, Luigi Tadini, Ally Hilfiger, Kipton Cronkite, Damon Johnson, Harley Viera Newton, Cassie Coane, DJ Jus Ske to The Bowery Hotel, yet again, to raise money and bring awareness to a serious rising epidemic such as Diabetes which is prevalent in the youth. The goal and hope of the benefit is that it will encourage the next generation of philanthropists, especially donors to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center to raise funds to help further research for a cure. Next Thursday the 19th, head down to Yigal Azrouël for a completely different kind of party.The deconstructed hipster hot shop is having a serious sample sale from 9am until 7pm. Swill champagne and pick up Yigal’s Men’s Women’s and accessories for around 70% off. Pick up an outfit and maybe you’ll even pick up a cutie for a party later that night.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Hot Now:Butter (Noho) – Friday night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. ● Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow). Luckily, even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. ● subMercer (Soho) – Two nights in a row, this spot is hot. Worth a Look:Civetta (Nolita) – Finally, a fun late-night spot to hit in this nabe? Steve Lewis says it’s true. ● Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Whether you are above or below 14th street, you should probably be planning on going out somewhere near to, or below 14th Street. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – If you were able to get a quick whiff of this space last week at The Last Magazine’s Halloween Party, you might have the balls to try your luck on a normal night. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. ●subMercer(Soho) – Three nights in a row, this spot is hot.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties

Once again, the landscape of nightlife is a’changing. Sometimes, you have to stir up the water to catch a few fish, which is exactly what happened to us. East Village Monday-night favorite Le Souk lost its liquor license, forcing patrons to take their business to Le Souk Harem, but it’s the neighborhood that’s the real loser. Wandering aimlessly in search of something new and good on Sunday night, we found a new party at White Slab Palace. Places we’d long since wrote off somehow hit the spot if not filled the void. An object lesson on wandering outside your comfort zone.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: It’s been a while since the playing field has been leveled, but it seems as though there are some new sketchy Sundays in our future. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Some say this is as good as Sundays could get. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan-themed rocker. Share in the angst with La Lohan on Sunday-night Morrissey fests. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Though it may have a troubled door, Green’s Sunday night has been thriving. Worth a Look:White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – A pretty awesome Sunday-nighter, taking the back door while we all were watching the front for their awesome Friday-night party to return. Sunday is one to stumble into; don’t expect boldfaced names like on Fridays.

MONDAY

Lowdown: It’s true, Le Souk (East Village) is officially closed. East Villagers grieve the loss, sort of. But let’s not forget about Monday Night Football; we did, and accidentally found ourselves having an awesome time at sporty spaces. Hot Now:Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends. ● Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Monday night was packed again, though curiously the party is getting to be a bit more hipster. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, sweaty hotspot after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football.)

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Tuesday clubs and bars vie to be the next hip or hipster watering hole, as real hipsters finally venture out to the fancy clubs they previously ignored. How ironic. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan. This is certainly his Rose. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Backlash! People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – And for the non-hipsters and everyone in between, go green. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays at this place is kind of like that weird dream you had once about falling into a parallel world where people tapped Champagne bottles in lieu of kegs. Dreams do come true. ● Kiss & Fly (Meatpacking) – Threw Diddy’s party this week. Yes, Diddy. Does it mean a resurrection for a place that has lost its edge? We’ll have to check it out when it isn’t graced with Puffy’s presence. Also, an insider promises this is another awesome night for what may be an up-and-coming nightlife power spot. ● Simyone (Meatpacking) might be able to add another notch on its belt, we’ll see if they can maintain a good Tuesday next week. Events:The Standard hosted the likes of Garavani Valentino, Madonna and Adrien Brody at the Boom Boom Room for the DVD release of Valentino: The Last Emperor. By hosting all of the A-list parties, Boom will stay hot.

image Valentino, Daphne Guinness at the Boom Boom Room

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Last week we told you to check out the new party at Hotel Gansevoort (Meatpacking) which turned out to be “miss-able,” as one nightlifer explained. Scott Sartiano’s 1Oak birthday was intimate, which opens up Wednesday for some serious mayhem tonight for those who didn’t make it past the gilded door. Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed ‘hot’ night. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Chelsea is hot on Thursday nights, thanks to Avenue. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian guarded door. Worth a Look:Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. Events: Waris Ahluwalia, Natalie Portman, Padma Lakshmi, and Tory Burch head to The Pierre tonight, to celebrate their love for India in Assouline’s latest publication, To India with Love. It’s a scrapbook of personal photos, stories, and memories from contributors like Adrien Brody, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth Hurley, Portman, and Owen Wilson, among others. Proceeds from the book go to Mumbai: We Got Your Back! (WGYB!), an organization founded by the three editors to raise spirits, especially after the terrorist bombings in Mumbai last year.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:BEast (Chinatown) – Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – The view looks really good on Thursdays at this lounge with a view. Worth a Look:Baddies (West Village) – Collette and a slew of good-looking guys and gals make this space a great after-dinner dance spot. Events:Southside (Nolita) Celebrating their one-year anniversary with Funkmaster Flex.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Hot Now:Butter (Noho) – Friday night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. ● Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow). Luckily, even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. ● subMercer (Soho) – Two nights in a row, this spot is hot. Worth a Look:Civetta (Nolita) – Finally, a fun late-night spot to hit in this nabe? Steve Lewis says it’s true. ● Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights. Events:The Koch Twins who have taken on Day&Night and made midday madness a mainstay in the brunching realm, will be taking on each other — boxing at Hammerstein Ballroom to support the Sunflower Children Organization.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Last week was Halloween, so everything was heightened to be either really good or really bad. Luckily, this weekend doesn’t depend on costume and parades to meet your needs, just good booze and boozy scenes. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – If you were able to get a quick whiff of this space last week at The Last Magazine’s Halloween Party, you might have the balls to try your luck on a normal night. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. ●subMercer(Soho) – Three nights in a row, this spot is hot. Events: ● Last week 1Oak teamed with Svedka to not only host a Halloween rager, but also ring in Penn Badgley’sBirthday.

image Penn Badgley at 1Oak’s Halloween Party

Photos: Patrick McMullan

All the Week’s Parties: New York’s Hottest Spots, Night by Night

Being a partier used to be as simple as throwing on a clean tee and getting out the door. Now, it’s work. The Jane was once our last great hope; it’s now all but shuttered. Just when we feel we’ve found our new home, a place where — if not everyone knows our name, at least they know our label — it loses its license, lease, or cool. If we were lazy, we’d advise you to try the Boom Boom Room every single night of the week, but if on top of the world isn’t really your scene, here’s what’s been moving and shaking amongst the movers and shakers this week. We’ll be trying them out one by one, consumed with the determination to find our Beatrice Inn incarnate.

Monday

Out: Le Royale’s le over, but the party’s moved on. Goldbar‘s dancey Monday night for industry/locals called it quits, probably because their staff was still too wasted from Sunday.

In:

Antik (Greenwich Village): Where have all the Le Royale kids gone? They’ve carried on with Monarch Mondays, moving along with a stint at Above Allen, but this week found themselves at the little speakeasy bar below Antik. ● Stanton Social (Lower East Side): Monday nights here are, dare I say it: still fun after all these New York minutes. ● Butter (Noho): If last night was any indication, Butter was back (as if it ever left). The place was packed with a healthy mix, and it seemed like the usual suspects make Monday night a solid tradition here.

Others: Black & White (Greenwich Village): Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, sweaty hotspot after ten.

Tuesday

Out: Newish venues bask in the glow of venues now passed, and old standbys stay stable for the drinking occasion.

In:

Rose Bar (Gramercy): Still kicking it with a mix of Gossip Girls, models and worldly travelers. ● Avenue (Chelsea): When nightlife all-stars work the door — the Beatrice’s Todd and Angelo team up with Wass for some reinstated Bea fun — and fashionable DJs like Lanvin enthusiast Mike Nouveau abound, it’s worth a revival of sorts. If they offered drink specials, this place would be a thorough hit with the downtown ‘it’ kids. ● 1OAK (Chelsea): Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other.

Others: Tenjune (Meatpacking): Sure snobs, it’s stale. Doesn’t mean it isn’t packed.

Wednesday

Out: Chloe 81 used to own this night a mere year ago, and Southside used to be on top as well.

In:

Le Cubain (Lower East Side): Once the spot for ‘new Beatrice‘ Chloe, Le Cubain, the restaurant above draws all sort of PYT’s, proving once again that restaurants add a whole other dimension to nightlife. Babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats abound, and eventually make it downstairs for a Chloe revival. ● 1OAK (Chelsea): This is still OAK’s undisputed ‘hot’ night, but it gets much hotter tonight, as Oak’s woodsman, Scott Sartiano will be celebrating his birthday. Expect the popping of many bottles of Dom. ● Greenhouse (Soho): This one is in the basement, kids.

Others: The Eldridge (Lower East Side) and their rock night with Mike Nouveau (again!) showed promise last week, so fingers crossed things add up. Meanwhile, the Hotel Gansevoort (Meatpacking) premieres Digital Wednesdays: a mix of media-ites, and the usual self-promoting party promoters. Hot spot? Doubtful, but we’ll check it, just to be sure.

Thursday

Out: Thursday has kept a nice collection of parties, favoring both A and D list. Thursday may be the new Monday.

In:

BEast (Chinatown): Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho): You may have forgotten about this celeb laden underground, but she’s back. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side): The view looks really good on Thursdays at this lounge with a view.

Others: Get spilled on in the hole-in-the-wall that collect’s BEast’s over spill at 169 Bar (Chinatown), or head to Baddies (West Village), where Collett and a slew of good looking guys and gals make this space a great after-dinner dance spot.

Friday

Out: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. B&T collectors like Griffin are done, while zip codes do most of the overall collecting.

In:

Butter (Noho): Friday night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons, and buddy up with special guest DJs like Interpol’s Paul Banks. Mixed clientele harbor a serious need to put on their dancing Miu Mius. ● Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District): You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District): What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck, and are now eating duck. Luckily, even the most beautiful, classy of folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot, nonetheless.

subMercer(Soho): Two nights in a row, this spot is hot.

Others to try:

Civetta (Nolita) Finally, a fun late-night spot to hit in this nabe? Steve Lewis says it’s true. Otherwise, head down to Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side), where Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights.

Saturday

Out: Collective Hardware burned a floor or two, and if you aren’t in the loop, you probably wouldn’t know what the good nights are anyways. In any case, tonight is all about Halloween.

In:

Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District): Secret Halloween parties abound! Expect some seriously gorgeous costumes filtering through. ● Lit Lounge (East Village): Sometimes, patrons of Lit look as if they celebrate Halloween every day of the year. Sometimes, it really is Halloween. ● Bowery Hotel (East Village): Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Keeping it fresh by keeping outsiders guessing, tonight’s Halloween party is going to be tops on the terrace.

Sunday

Out: It’s been a while since the playing field has been leveled.

In: Goldbar (Nolita): Some say this is as good as Sundays could get. Some say you might still be wearing your Halloween hooker get-up from last night. If so, skip this place. Far too classy for the likes of you, missy. Sway (Sway): Moroccan-themed rocker. Share in the angst with La Lohan on Sunday night Morrissey fests. Greenhouse (Soho): Though it may have a troubled door, Green’s Sunday night has been thriving.

Others: At 1OAK (Chelsea), the boys have been trying to bring back 1Oak’s Sunday night. Might want to check in on their progress.

Photo: Patrick McMullan

New York: Top 10 Ways to Get Drunk on the Cheap

imageAre you tired of hokey recession specials that never end up scratching your gnawing, thirsty itch? We are rapidly becoming a city of broke drunks, thus it is vital we learn how to be the best broke drunks we can be. If you have no job, no prospects, and only a few bucks, but still maintain flawless taste, then check out the top ways to get your drink on without further damaging the already broken bank.

Calle Ocho (Upper West Side) – Go to this spacious, attractive UWS Nuevo Latino on Sundays and order an appetizer. The policy is you must eat some sort of food in order to partake in the monster “sangria station,” which is totally and completely F-R-E-E! That is correct, kiddies. A bevy of fruits, wines, rums, and all sorts of tasty drinkable treats line the dining room buffet-style, where you can ladle yourself to inebriation for hours. ● Welcome to the Johnsons (Lower East Side) – I like my bars how I like my men: grungy and cheap. This place is suitable for getting sloshed before going to the neighboring, pricier hotspots such as the Hotel on Rivington, 205, or Stanton Social.

Bar 13 (Greenwich Village) – If you don’t mind a little poetry slam, Monday features two-for-one cocktails. Maybe you’ll get some inspiration, grab the mic, and produce your very own poem for the crowd. Here is mine: There once lived a broke girl from New York. She could barely afford fried rice with pork. She spent her dollars on drinks. It is not foolish she thinks. For calories taste better via straw vs. fork. ● Village Pourhouse (Upper West Side) – The Columbia-area outpost has a deal so creative and alluring you will consider grabbing a cab to 108th Street from wherever you are right now (I know I am). If you take a taxi anytime and save your receipt, the bar will reimburse you in alcohol for whatever amount you spent to get there. Afterward, take the subway home, and you just had yourself an almost free night, other than tipping the bartender and one swipe of the MetroCard. ● Delancey (Lower East Side) – The roof is wonderfully enchanting for a spot on the less-attractive edge of the LES. If you are unemployed, they give you free shots of tequila on Tuesdays, which is magical in its own regard. Do not ask me how to prove you are jobless. Perhaps bring a record showing your pathetically low bank statement or letter of dismissal from your most recent employer? ● Antik (Greenwich Village) – This lounge on the Bowery employs bartenders that are fantastic about buybacks, and the occasional surprise open bar is a bonus too. Promoter Ruben Araneta told me the real secret: Go on a Monday, say his name at the door, then find him inside to cop a free vodka cran from his bottle — especially if you are female (duh!) and attractive (double duh!). ● The Orchard (Lower East Side) – BYOB Sundays. Go to the liquor store and buy a cheap bottle of wine (or stop by a bodega and grab some brew) which you can bring to this delightful restaurant. From there, order the cheapest dish on the menu and enjoy a night out while your money stays in — your wallet, that is. ● Hill Country (Chelsea) – Tuesday is the day to venture here and let your nostrils take in the BBQ aromatics while putting back two-for-one specialty drinks from open till close. They also have their usual 3-6pm Happy Hour all day on Tuesday, which includes two-for-one PBRs, $5 well drinks, $20 buckets of Lone Star, and $2 well shots. Spend $10 on five shots. Before you know it, you will have forgotten your money woes, mindlessly square dancing to the live country/rockabilly bands. ● Alligator Lounge (Williamsburg) – Because let’s face it: When one gets boozy, hunger is sure to follow. With the purchase of any alcoholic drink at this Willyburg dive, you receive a free personal pizza hot out of the wood-burning oven. The pies are surprisingly tasty for the fabulous cost of free, and they become even yummier after two beers. ● Rosa Mexicano (Union Square) – Warning! This place is not inherently cheap. But there is one drink that you will only need two of to do the trick. Avoid all expensive food and cocktails — except for the pomegranate margaritas. These lethal, frozen concoctions look harmless enough. They are pink after all. But the drink must be laced with sodium pentothal or something because they get you stripping-in-the-streets-singing-show-tunes-dialing-your-ex smashed. Do not consume more than three.

New York: Top 10 Monday Parties

Butter (Greenwich Village) – Butter Mondays, but what else is new? This party has defied New York City’s attention-deficit disorder pandemic since 2002. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) – Nobody said Monday-night dancing had to be classy; instead, this midtown saloon hypes their bull-riding challenge for all the pretty service industry folks.

Antik (Greenwich Village) – Maybe your fifth martini at the Bowery Hotel put you in the mood to get a little sloppy on a Monday night. Luckily, Antik still draws a mixed crowd as sloppy as you, just across the street. ● Star Lounge (Chelsea) – East End favorite of Hampton jitney-ites takes over Serena in downstairs lair of Chelsea Hotel. Ignore the crowd who suddenly thinks they’re something special and enjoy the floor while Mondays are still decently hyped. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Word on the street is that Greenhouse is packing it in on Monday nights. Watch Zach Braff smoke some green while you enjoy the LEED-certified bamboo-wood dance floor with fellow eco-nuts. ● Le Souk (East Village) – Garden in the back competes with a tent, hookahs, lanterns, and 9pm belly dancing for your limited attention. Blaring dance soundtrack might have you forgetting about your food, too. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – The HUGS party with DJs Josh Wildman and Andrew Kwo keep the ain’t-we-shit set on their patent leather toes. And yes, you will need a shower immediately following. ● Cielo (Meatpacking District) -Deep Space house heads maintain rarefied air in a dimming sky. Outdoor haven for your sneakarette habit. Party has been haute for six years, a rare ‘cheers-esque’ meeting place for dance fans. ● Darkroom (Lower East Side) – For the really terrible weekend withdrawals, “M” at Darkroom offers free PBR from 11 to 12 p.m. and special guest DJs fit for dancing and sweaty basement-bar enthusiasts. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – Survivors from Le Royale’s Monday night jams take over the Thompson LES’ room with a view, except with more models and promoters. Great music yes, but this is more of a taking-in-the-view kind of place than a loosing-your-shit-on-the-dancefloor kind of party.

The Eldridge was replaced by Cielo for this Monday night list. The Eldridge is closed for private events on Mondays, and Cielo was unfairly overlooked. For updated party information, check out this weekly curated list on where to go and what to do all week long.
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Ian Gerard & Gen Art

imageI’ve known Ian Gerard of Gen Art from the beginning. Gen Art parties are must-attend events that combine an eclectic mix of the film, art, and an amazing social scene in clubs around town. Ian was originally very hands-on with the details at every event, and he did everything short of popping the popcorn. He booked the films, did the invites, arranged for the after-party venue, got the liquor sponsor, invited the crowds, did the door, then went inside and schmoozed with everyone — and at the end of the night, he swept out the place. Gen Art has gotten too big for that much control, and Ian has delegated to a creative crew, but the upcoming Gen Art Film Festival has gotten better and better and more significant over the years. I stole Ian away from his furious preparations for this years’ festival to ask him a few questions about Gen Art.

What is your title at Gen Art? I am the CEO and co-founder.

Tell me what Gen Art is. We are a national arts entertainment company that showcases the best emerging talent in fashion, film, music and art. We’re based in New York but we have offices in LA, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. We produce fashion shows for young designers, film festivals, and screenings for independent filmmakers, live music events, art fairs, etc.

How long has it been going on? We started in 1994, so this is unfortunately a bad year, but it’s our 15th anniversary.

Right from the start you had a relationship with nightclubs, and you still do a lot of events at nightclubs. Why is that? The big thing is that we’ve always had a huge social element to all our events. It’s never been just a fashion show where you walk in, watch the show, and you walk out. It’s about bringing together the people that enjoy these art forms. We want them to see the shows, but we also want them to interact with each other. Obviously nightclubs are a place for social activities to occur, so whether we’re doing an event that’s actually taking place in a nightclub, or we’re doing an after-party for an event taking place somewhere else, there’s always that social element where people that have similar backgrounds can mingle and talk about what they’ve seen.

The Gen Art Film Festival is coming up; what are the dates? It’s April 1-7, and the tagline is “Seven Premieres and Seven Parties,” so we’re very upfront about the social aspect. There is a red carpet premiere each night followed by an after-party at one of the many hot spots in New York — for instance, this year we have events at Hudson Terrace, 1Oak, Antik, and then some that have been around a little longer like Home and BLVD. We do the big opening at The Park because we need a place that can hold 1,000 people.

So it’s not the Sundance Film Festival, it’s not the New York film festival — what is the criteria for this? What’s the difference between a Gen Art film and a Sundance film? There’s more of a difference in the format and the fact that we do only seven premieres — which mean’s it’s one short film and one feature, so we’re really highlighting a very small number of filmmakers. That means that you don’t have to be an industry insider to know what to see. If you go to Sundance, which is 150 different films, by the time you figure out what’s the buzzed-about film, it’s completely sold out. Here, because we’re doing only seven nights, any night is going to be a good film. So you don’t have to have the inside track; you can just pick whatever night you want to go, and it’s going to be an awesome film.

I see you promoting on Facebook, which is something I do also; it’s become an important part of getting my word out there, and it seems effective. Yeah, we just sold out two shows on Friday. I put the word out to my friends on Facebook because I wanted them to actually go out and buy tickets for the nights that I knew they were going to be more interested in. I got that out there before I even got the official invites out to our regular supporters.

I think it’s important to have this social aspect because I know that if I was going to a film that interests me, chances are that the people in the audience share some kind of creative interest with me. We have had weddings come out of Gen Art, and a lot of other stuff that doesn’t go anywhere near weddings, but yeah, it’s very social … it’s probably about 75 to 80 percent single people and people with similar interests, so it’s a great way to meet somebody. It gives you something to automatically talk about when you’ve just seen a great movie or a cool fashion show — it’s better than a pick-up line.

The Gen Art Film Festival is in New York; does it travel to the other cities you’re in? It doesn’t travel, but with Acura, who’s our title sponsor, we launched a secondary festival in Chicago three years ago that happens in June. It follows a similar format, but it’s a little smaller … it’s only four nights of premiers and parties. It’s the same basic concept, but there are different films.

And you plan expanding to other cities? What does Gen Art do in the other cities? We do the whole range of programming in other cities, but we don’t do the festivals — doing two is complex enough, so I don’t think we’re going to travel with it, and generally it really takes a lot of dollars, so Acura really made that possible. In the other markets we do our “Fresh Faces in Fashion,” which is our anchor fashion program that we do in all of our markets, in addition to special-event screenings and parties for independent films one night before they get released to the public. We do behind-the-scenes art collector tours of galleries and auction houses, dealers’ homes in all the markets, shopping events where we take the young designers’ items off the runway and you can buy then directly — 50 designers in one place on one night instead of having to travel all over the city to find them.

In the beginning it was all Ian Gerard — you did everything. How have you found delegation to be? How difficult has it been as the company grows to delegate responsibility to others? It definitely was a learning experience, and it took awhile to figure it out. But I quickly realized that the first thing I definitely had to delegate as the company grew was to people with expertise. I had a cursory knowledge of the art and fashion worlds, but once we actually started getting into that programming, I needed to bring on people that knew those worlds. So once I had a fashion director and a film director, it was easy to delegate to them. But in terms of the events, it’s a little bit harder for me to totally step out; I’m a little bit of a micro-manager, making sure we have a good list of people showing up, etc.

Blackbook is now available on iPhones and Blackberries; are you making those sort of moves? Will Gen Art be on a phone soon? We just finally got around to re-launching our website after about seven years, so that was our newest initiative; we’re trying to get a lot of our content out via the website, in terms of video contact from our events and things like that. We haven’t really gotten to the mobile scene yet. I know that’s the next frontier, but I think we need to conquer the internet first.

So you mentioned that it’s not exactly the best year to celebrate your anniversary; how is the economy treating you? It’s obviously a harsh economic climate out there, so one of the few nice things has been that consumer interest has not gone down at all. In all of our markets, we’re selling out tickets faster; I think people realize that our events are actually a great deal. Instead of going out to 1Oak and spending $18 on a drink just to go there for the night, you can come to one of our events that has the open bar built in, and it’s a whole packaged evening that’s not that expensive. For the film festivals, the regular night is only $30, and that gets you a premier and a two-hour open bar at these clubs — that’s a steal, because when I go out, I spend god knows how much money each night. So I think that the good thing about the economy is that people are focused on things that they enjoy and that are cost-effective. And one other really fun thing about the “Seven Premieres and Seven Parties” is that since we use a non-commercial theater — we use the SVA theater — we’re actually able to serve cocktails and drinks before the movies, so we get in the social aspect even before the films start, which is cool. You really have to give people something worth their money.