My Birthday: The Day After

Before I head to B.east tonight to play with DJ Jennifly and her friends at her Hustle party, I will attend the new opening at the Fuse Gallery. The attraction is “Songs,” an exhibition that “features a number of works from a number of mediums. Each work in the exhibition was influenced by the words of the artists’ favorite songs, and how the words impact and influence the work they make.” Among the too-many-to list-here artists are Mick Rock, Steve Powers, Alex Arcadia, Tim Barber, Leo Fitzpatrick, Angela Boatwright, Kembra Pfahler, Anton Perich, and Spencer Sweeney.

Spencer, of course, is one of the fabulous owners over at Santos’ Party House. My phone was ringing off the hook last night as the reOPENed party was slamming. DJs Just Blaze, Micro Don, and my pal Max Glazer were in charge of the music, and there was a birthday party for Downtown Emily Brown. I was under the weather and covers. I wasn’t so much birthday hungover as needing a break in general. I wish I had gone out because my pals say last night at Santos was all that it could be, and with its Jim Toth sound system and multiple levels, it can really move. It’s great to have Santos back and banging. When it is solvent and not harassed by cops, it is one of the places that I must be. Tonight I’ll pop in late to check out the Donuts are Forever 5 gala. Rare Form will present this event with DJ Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, DJ Parler, OP!, Sam Champ, DJ Chela, and DJ Tara.

I will be out and about with my Amanda and StyleLikeU.com’s Director of Events, as well as my regular Monday night bingo partner Dani Baum. She is celebrating her birthday, and a night out with Uncle Steve was her desire. She worships Mick Rock and can’t wait to see his contribution and possibly meet the man at the Fuse thing. She also curates her own blog, The Frogge, and more importantly she’s an actor. She constantly rants and raves about StyleLikeU, and has me as a believer. The Fuse Gallery is that milky white, sparkly clean room situated at the back of my favorite down and dirty hang, Lit. I am constantly at Lit, which reinvents itself continuously with fresh art and the extravaganzas and parties that invariably follow. It’s the kind of joint that’s relevant when it is empty or when it’s full. The staff, the consistently wonderful music, art, and events, have made it my go-to spot for over seven years. I will go tonight.

I received an invitation for tomorrow night to sample the new restaurant Ember Room, from my old pal Todd English. I am looking forward to hanging with Todd, who collaborated with Ian Chalermkittichai on the cuisine. For those of you who don’t keep up, Todd and I kissed and made up eons ago. I think we both acted out and regretted it. I am thrilled with his continued success and will be there to support him.

Lastly, I am thrilled by the article in the January/February Hospitality Design magazine about The Darby. It feels great when your work is recognized in such a prestigious magazine. The magazine quotes me a few times, and my usually swelled head may need a bit of always-handy lube to get through my front door. I must take the opportunity to congratulate my partner Marc Dizon, who was not quoted or mentioned in the article despite his tremendous contribution to the project. Marc is my friend, and more importantly the reason that I can fully bake some of my half-baked ideas. The Darby was one part inspiration, another part perspiration, and many parts Marc Dizon.

My Birthday Retrospective

Yesterday was my birthday. I have accumulated far more of them than I’d ever expected. I spent my big day with groups of close friends in different nooks, cracks, and crannies around town. As I traveled from place to place, I was celebrated with many cakes. I had way too many pieces yesterday, but I’m having a sliver now as I write this morning. The women of my life were always birthday cakes. I really wanted them when I first saw them, enjoyed them while they lasted, but invariably had a bit too much, and got sick of them at some point. And I always wanted a little more the next day.

I am very happy now with my gal, and I hope I have learned some lessons over the many years. I spent my birthday with wonderful Amanda and friends, with no party, gala, soiree, promo, or event attached. I go to too many parties. I decided not to work on my birthday, and I just bopped around. Still, I took a couple of meetings and spent a great deal of time responding to the couple of thousand Facebook hails that were thrown my way. Some of the folks have been wishing me a happy birthday for four decades. Some I have never met. Many are great friends that I have only known for a few months. Many great friends and loves are now living a zillion miles away, and raising kids or husbands or other substances that I can’t relate too. Many sent flares about catching up and being close again. Sure.

Many thanked me or praised me for all I have done to entertain them over the decades. I remember most of them, but very few of their tales of things they remember me doing jog my memory. My “vast” experience allows me a different perspective towards nightlife. I haven’t seen it all, as some are quick to say. No one could. At any moment a zillion things are happening in a zillion holes. If you’re connected and hip and energetic, you may get lucky and find yourself in the right place at the right time, but often you were just someplace else. Before cell phones, this happened more often than it does now, when a little tweet brings the followers to the place of the moment. My view was, of course, unique to me. When I tell a story or describe something that happened, it was only how it was from the chair I was sitting in.

My personal experience was influenced by the woman or girl I was seeing, the money I had in my pocket, or maybe something my dad said to me that afternoon. A dude in another chair on the other side of the room might have had a different take on things. As I write about the things I see today, many comments come with disagreement. Of course, these opinions have merit. I write about what I think is valid and not necessarily what I like. In the 2 or — is it 3 — dimensional club world of tonight, each individual is entitled to say that this particular joint is the best in town, and be right. The fabulous, fashion forward drag queen at a Kenny Kenny soiree’ may not find fulfillment amongst the rockers over at White Noise. The men over at Avenue may want a different experience than the men over at Splash. The hipsters at St. Jerome may not want to listen to what is being recited at the Bowery Poetry Club, and so on.

It’s hard enough to proclaim a place is “one of the best” today or tonight, let alone go back in time and say this place was the greatest and that one wasn’t. In comics, the superhero may travel through time using magic, science, or the powers garnished from radioactive rocks. They can see what really happened. Until my droid offers you a time travel app, I may be the best you get. Someone really famous that I can’t remember offered that “history is written by the victors.” I try to talk to the victors and other people who were there to get it right. I may or not be a victor, but I am a survivor, and stand or sit to tell you what I remember. I do keep in touch with others that survived, and ask them what they remember about “it.”

This is nearly always a conversation between like-minded individuals and has that as a limitation. When I write about things I see today, I am removed to some extent because of my extreme age, but my 5000 facebook friends, as well as my real life friends, are aged between 3 and 90, and I try to hear their side of it before I write. I am told I am young at heart. like to think that I love the new ideas and concepts in fashion, design, and music, that percolate in the nightlife realm.

Tomorrow night, my perspective attracts me to The Hustle over at B.east. DJs Jennifly, Dhundee, and Cyrus will provide the background sounds and the crowd that will get me through yet another night of the over 10,000 nights in the trenches that I have truly, really, absolutely, experienced. The crowd will be mixed, fun, dancy, adult , young, and old. Not Steve Lewis old, but old enough, and dressed downtown sharp. There are still places to go where everyone doesn’t look like everyone, and the secretaries on their big night out don’t bug the DJ to play Gaga (who we love but hear enough). There are still nooks, cracks, and crannies to warm your soles and soul. Jennifly always delivers, for me

NYC: All the Week’s Parties

With Spring comes a veritable shift in nightlife. Not only are rooftops reopening and patios getting their shine on, but people start feeling inspired to jumpstart their social life and there are plenty of new offerings vying to be the jumper cables. Simonez makes a jump to Pravda on Wednesday nights (an attendees sardonic review: “Like the Vanity Fair Oscar party combined with being backstage at Woodstock”), and Mike has started using his Apartment to shoot rap videos. Meanwhile, all wait with baited breath to see what will become of the old Nells/new Scott and Richie spot, which is set to open next month.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Whipped has moved to Baddies, the hipster alcoholics moving closer to their hipster roots. Hot Now:CV (Lower East Side) – Something has finally been done with the over-saturated spot formerly known as 105 Rivington. Let’s see how long this minor revamp will last. ● 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. ● 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. Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still a great standby for good times, while the down belows like Macao’s basement opium den, is also great. imageBaddies (West Village) – The former Butter party was moved around until it finally flew to coop to the basement bar of Kingswood. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. Other Things to Try:New Party: The guys from Stereo of party days past have a newbie night at the Penthouse @ Hotel on Rivington named “A Family Affair.” Could use a better name. ● About Town: Fashion folks, take a break from your vodka/cigarette diet and check out ‘Wichcrafts cozy sandwich/fire pit thingy. “Bryant Park’s Southwest Porch provides free appetizers and drinks courtesy of ‘wichcraft, with heat lamps and a fire pit to stay warm.” Yeah, no hooch but it’s free food and a toasty atmosphere. If you’re a Bushwickian, head to Don Pedro’s from 9-10PM (the working man’s Happy Hour) for some free Colt 45 and some metal music at the Impose’s Test Patterns party for a mere $5 cover. If you’re one to mourn the loss of the Annex, then help the Tiswas Weekly party, now at Beauty Bar (on the island). Showboating with vodka from 10:30PM- 11:30PM.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: Doesn’t much feel like Friday if you had the luxury of sitting around your apartment in your underwear, celebrating President’s Day. But it’s already here! 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. ● 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. Other Things to Try:

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Saturday: a day of rest, a night of partying. 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. Other Things to Try:

SUNDAY

Lowdown: Sundays have been a solid party night, even through the bluster of the winter season. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Frequented by the Ronson clan and celebfolk who go unrecognized by a collection of spendy bankers. A favorite amongst models, Danny Masterson, and DJ Jesse Marco. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan themed bar has become the Pants on the Ground song. Sort of creepy, but a guilty pleasure and viral. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – The Van Dam party begs the question: Where is Jean Claude Van Dam? ● White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – Another odd place to stumble into late night. Hit or miss and always a “Where did all of these people come from?” moment. Other Things To Try:Free Booze: Home Sweet Home tries to offer an alterna-Sway with their new Sunday party, N.W.N.S (No Way No Sway). Enjoy an open vodka bar from 10:30pm-11pm with no cover. ● Arlo and Esme has something called Buns and Puns, free Jell-O shots starting at 7:30PM.

MONDAY

Lowdown: Monday night is for getting rid of your Sunday hangover. 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. ● Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy after ten. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Football season is over, but it’s still industry night here. Other Things to Try:

TUESDAY

Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan, who is pairing up with Paul Sevigny on the next New York hot spot, Kenmare. ● 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. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Green followers love Tuesdays too. Other Things to Try:

Free Booze: It’s Trainwreck Tuesday at Angels & Kings. This means two open vodka bars with no cover. The first freebie power half-hour: 10pm-10:30pm, the second from 1-1:30am. Happy Ending has free vodka from 11-12am at their weekly Disco Down party with 66Sick, and Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery for Todd & Harrison’s Tuesday Night Disco. This means free absinthe and live music with a $7 cover.

WEDNESDAY

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 — bottle models pack it in pre-1Oak and Boom Boom Room. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed hot night. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – BlackFun (indieelectropopbangers) take over the party along with banter & booze from Marc Alan + Kieren+ Mike de Guzman+Joey Nova+ Valerie Termini+Anna Maltezos & Friends. (hint: these are names to drop @ the door kiddies.) ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Another good night for the kids on the Ave. ● subMercer(Soho) – The FAM (Friends and Music) party, featuring Gabby, Richard and Tariq has been going strong for the past few months. ● Su Casa (Greenwich Village)- The kids from Upstairs (remember Upstairs? Leo Di doesn’t either) are putting together this new party. Heavy on the gays and the girls, produced by Michael Cohen, Cameron Moir and Mark Holcomb. imageSouthside (Nolita) – Tutti, Franco, and Brion run the DJ booth at their TGIWednesday party. Von (Noho) – Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. image

All the Week Parties

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Whipped has moved to Baddies, the hipster alcoholics moving closer to their hipster roots. Hot Now:CV (Lower East Side) – Something has finally been done with the over-saturated spot formerly known as 105 Rivington. Let’s see how long this minor revamp will last. ● 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. ● 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. Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still great standbys for good times, while the down-belows like Macao’s basement opium den, is also great. ● Baddies (West Village) – The former Butter party was screwed with until it finally flew the coop to the basement bar of Kingswood. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons.

Other Things to Try:New Party: The guys from Stereo of party days past have a newbie night at the Penthouse @ Hotel on Rivington named “A Family Affair.” Could use a better name. ● About Town: Fashion folks, take a break from your vodka/cigarette diet and check out ‘Wichcrafts cozy sandwich/fire pit thingy. “Bryant Park’s Southwest Porch provides free appetizers and drinks courtesy of ‘wichcraft, with heat lamps and a fire pit to stay warm.” Yeah, no hooch but it’s free food and a toasty atmosphere. For a dose of electro-darkness, Dan Black plays Mercury Lounge with Free Blood (not to be confused with True Blood). Luckily for those who live off of open bars and luckier for those who live for fashion: StyleCaster and SmartWater “Celebrate New York Fashion Week” at Goldbar tonight from 9PM-12AM. Tom Green begins a 3 day stint at Comix while the Music Hall of Williamsburg celebrates their third annual (which is like 10 years in Brooklyn terms!) Dre Day at 10PM. If you’re a Bushwickian, head to Don Pedro’s from 9-10PM (the working man’s Happy Hour) for some free Colt 45 and some metal music at the Impose’s Test Patterns party for a mere $5 cover. If you’re one to mourn the loss of the Annex, then help the Tiswas Weekly party, now at Beauty Bar (on the island). Showboating with vodka from 10:30PM- 11:30PM.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties: Lenten Drinking Festivities

Well that was fast. Mardi Gras is fin, and most New Yorkers were too distracted or bleary-eyed from the long weekend to get truly fat on Fat Tuesday. Now Lent is here and people have rushed into giving things up and fasting and otherwise resorting to being good and decent people for the next 40 days. What does this mean for New York nightlife? Judging from the long lists of places to-go and people to-see, I’d say not much. This week we’ve got Brooklynites saying Bryant Park what? as they host a fashion week(end) of their own, while Oak takes it upon itself to get its own magazine credits by releasing another issue of their popular Oak.a.zine fashion rag. Hotel Rivington tries out a new party with the old dogs from Stereo, people flood Rose Bar to see if they can’t shmooze their way into Nur Khan‘s new Kenmare, StyleCaster hits up Goldbar and free booze tries its damnedest to revive Happy Endings.

Eclectic, Straight THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Whipped has moved to Baddies, the hipster alcoholics moving closer to their hipster roots. Hot Now:CV (Lower East Side) – Something has finally been done with the over-saturated spot formerly known as 105 Rivington. Let’s see how long this minor revamp will last. ● 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. ● 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. Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still a great standby for good times, while the down belows like Macao’s basement opium den, is also great. imageBaddies (West Village) – The former Butter party was moved around until it finally flew to coop to the basement bar of Kingswood. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. Tonight Andy Rourke joins in the fun. Other Things to Try:New Party: The guys from Stereo of party days past have a newbie night at the Penthouse @ Hotel on Rivington named “A Family Affair.” Could use a better name. ● About Town: Fashion folks, take a break from your vodka/cigarette diet and check out ‘Wichcrafts cozy sandwich/fire pit thingy. “Bryant Park’s Southwest Porch provides free appetizers and drinks courtesy of ‘wichcraft, with heat lamps and a fire pit to stay warm.” Yeah, no hooch but it’s free food and a toasty atmosphere. For a dose of electro-darkness, Dan Black plays Mercury Lounge with Free Blood (not to be confused with True Blood). Luckily for those who live off of open bars and luckier for those who live for fashion: StyleCaster and SmartWater “Celebrate New York Fashion Week” at Goldbar tonight from 9PM-12AM. Tom Green begins a 3 day stint at Comix while the Music Hall of Williamsburg celebrates their third annual (which is like 10 years in Brooklyn terms!) Dre Day at 10PM. If you’re a Bushwickian, head to Don Pedro’s from 9-10PM (the working man’s Happy Hour) for some free Colt 45 and some metal music at the Impose’s Test Patterns party for a mere $5 cover. If you’re one to mourn the loss of the Annex, then help the Tiswas Weekly party, now at Beauty Bar (on the island). Showboating with vodka from 10:30PM- 11:30PM.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: Doesn’t much feel like Friday if you had the luxury of sitting around your apartment in your underwear, celebrating President’s Day. But it’s already here! 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. ● 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. Other Things to Try:About Town: Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck get all old skool/new skool at Madison Square Garden at 8PM while the Dirty Projectors play the old school Lincoln Center at 8:30PM for the American SOngbook concert series. If you have traded in your tired fashion week fixation to join the rest of humanity with a healthy Winter Olympics obsession, the Bohemian Hall & Beer Gardens in Queens is doing that whole “big-screen Olympics” trend and are showing hockey at all hours of the day. Lastly, Freshkills and the Death Set hang out/play some tunes at Lit. Hopefully not a Freudian Death/Kills slip of what’s to happen to the smoking Lit.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Saturday: a day of rest, a night of partying. 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. Other Things to Try:About Town: Like you haven’t heard this one before; party at Tribeca Grand. They’re hosting an open Svedka Bar from 10- 11PM while Memory Tapes play a live set. presented by the folks at Self-Titled Magazine, GrandLife, self-titled & The Pop Manifesto. Just when you thought it was over; Williamsburg decides to host yet another fashion thingy. But Brooklynites should get behind this one. The Williamsburg Fashion Weekend at GlassLands Gallery runs Saturday and Sunday from 8pm and features 12 local designers (and some national ones as well) along with an art show and live music for just $8.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: Sundays have been a solid party night, even through the bluster of the winter season. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Frequented by the Ronson clan and celebfolk who go unrecognized by a collection of spendy bankers. A favorite amongst models, Danny Masterson, and DJ Jesse Marco. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan themed bar has become the Pants on the Ground song. Sort of creepy, but a guilty pleasure and viral. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – The Van Dam party begs the question: Where is Jean Claude Van Dam? ● White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – Another odd place to stumble into late night. Hit or miss and always a “Where did all of these people come from?” moment. Other Things To Try:Free Booze: Home Sweet Home tries to offer an alterna-Sway with their new Sunday party, N.W.N.S (No Way No Sway). Enjoy an open vodka bar from 10:30pm-11pm with no cover. If you’re looking for some Brooklyn brew, check out Savalas for “Shake Your Brass Sundays with Wolff” night. They’re hawking free Yuengling from 8-9pm. ● About Town: Passion Pit play yet another DJ set at Pianos. Apparently they really want to burn out? Mates of State bring their special brand of musical cuteness to The Bell House tonight, $16 advance tickets and $19 at the door. Too tame? Arlo and Esme has something called Buns and Puns, free Jell-O shots starting at 7:30PM.

MONDAY

Lowdown: Monday night is for getting rid of your Sunday hangover. 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. ● Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy after ten. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Football season is over, but it’s still industry night here. Other Things to Try:About Town: The Paris Review’s Philip Gourevitch hangs out with Mary Karr at Joe’s Pub for a public chat at 7PM. Oh I’m sorry, a conversation without booze not cool enough for you? Then go hang out with people talking about a different kind of ‘zine at the release party for Oak’s specialty rag, oak.a.zine, being held at SPiN.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Fashion week comes to a close, so get your last drop of freebie booze and your final fix of celeb stalking. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan, who is pairing up with Paul Sevigny on the next New York hot spot, Kenmare. ● 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. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Green followers love Tuesdays too. Other Things to Try:About Town: Walter’s Fall 2010 After Party is at 9:00pm at The Eldridge. ●Free Booze: It’s Trainwreck Tuesday at Angels & Kings. This means two open vodka bars with no cover. The first freebie power half-hour: 10pm-10:30pm, the second from 1-1:30am. Happy Ending has free vodka from 11-12am at their weekly Disco Down party with 66Sick, and Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery for Todd & Harrison’s Tuesday Night Disco. This means free absinthe and live music with a $7 cover.

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Fashion week winds down with many needing to detox after the week’s festivities, but 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 — bottle models pack it in pre-1Oak and Boom Boom Room. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed hot night. Tonight it’s all about Funkmaster Flex on the decks. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – BlackFun (indieelectropopbangers) take over the party along with banter & booze from Marc Alan + Kieren+ Mike de Guzman+Joey Nova+ Valerie Termini+Anna Maltezos & Friends. (hint: these are names to drop @ the door kiddies.) ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Another good night for the kids on the Ave. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian-guarded door. ● subMercer(Soho) – The FAM (Friends and Music) party, featuring Gabby, Richard and Tariq has been going strong for the past few months. ● Su Casa (Greenwich Village)- The kids from Upstairs (remember Upstairs? Leo Di doesn’t either) are putting together this new party. Heavy on the gays and the girls, produced by Michael Cohen, Cameron Moir and Mark Holcomb. imageSouthside (Nolita) – Tutti, Franco, and Brion run the DJ booth at their TGIWednesday party. Von (Noho) – Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. image

NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Fashion Week Is Upon Us

“We’re trying to keep it beachy but not too homeless-looking,” stylist Dennis Lanni said about the hair at Lacoste during last February’s Fall Fashion Week. As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2010 kicks off today, alongside Blizzard Week 2010, the fashionistas descending upon Bryant Park can only hope to walk that fine line themselves. You may end up on the side of homeless-looking, lest you have your own personal umbrella holder, Jimmy Choo buffer and car service to the tents, but that doesn’t mean you should stay away. Stuff your feet into your LL Bean waterproof blizzard-booties and hit up the after parties. Because who needs the shows when you have free booze? If you’re the fashion-y type, but not exactly the fashion show type, the Barneys Warehouse sale starts this week. If you couldn’t give a hoot about fashion week, free booze or warehouse sales, there are a few good shows to snow-shoe your way to. For shows of a different kind, head up to Bryan Park and watch show-goers slip and eat it in their couture. Lord knows I might be one of them.

Eclectic, Straight WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Today it begins! Models in pubs, designers blowing off steam and visiting their good, club-owing friends, celebrities here to show face and drink their faces off. 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 — bottle models pack it in pre-1Oak and Boom Boom Room. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed hot night. Tonight DJ VICE spins. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – BlackFun (indieelectropopbangers) take over the party along with banter & booze from Marc Alan + Kieren+ Mike de Guzman+Joey Nova+ Valerie Termini+Anna Maltezos & Friends. (hint: these are names to drop @ the door kiddies.) ● 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. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back, along with her FAM (Friends and Music). Featuring Gabby, Richard and Tariq.

Meet The FAM – 8pm Wednesdays @ subMercer from Tariq Abdus-Sabur on Vimeo.

Su Casa (Greenwich Village)- The kids from Upstairs (remember Upstairs? Leo Di doesn’t either) are putting together this new party. Heavy on the gays and the girls. ● 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. image Other Things to Try:About Town: Svedka Sessions kicks off fashion week at the Hudson Hotel with performances from Amanda Blank and Daniel Merriweather to benefit Haiti, while Rebecca Minkoff celebrates with an a party at Underbar with Michelle Trachtenberg, Agyness Deyn, and Erin Lucas gracing the W with their lovely presence. Gen Art’s “The New Garde” is presented by Plastics Make it Possible, and will feature fashion presentations and Molly Sims @ Drive Inn Studios.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Whipped has moved to Baddies, but the party keeps on trucking, leaving nobody to say; “I can’t believe it’s not Butter!” Hot Now:CV (Lower East Side) – Something has finally been done with the over-saturated 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. ● 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. Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still a great standby for good times, while the down belows like Macao’s basement opium den, is also great. ● Baddies (West Village) – The former Butter party was moved around until it finally flew to coop to the basement bar of Kingswood. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. Other Things to Try:About Town: Did you just hear that? That was the sound of a middle-aged women tackling a thirty-something gay man with the last pair of Tory Burch sandals in his hand, which can only mean that today, the Barneys Warehouse sale commences (through February 28th). Oh you meant the sound of Voguettes clacking around Bryant Park? That’s because the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week officially begins. Also check out L’uomo Vogue as they celebrate @ the John Varvatos Fashion Week Party. GQ + CFDA present The Best New Menswear Designers in America at the glorious IAC building from 7-9pm, and Dead Man’s Bones play at the Los Angeles Based Clothing Brand *LnA* for their presentation and after-party @ Milk Studios from 9pm-12am.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: Are Fridays cool again? 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. ● 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. Other Things to Try:About Town: F♥CK YOU x F♥CK ME (I just love writing that) comes to INVEN.TORY courtesy of Seasick Mama and the photography of Casey Randerson, a favorite of the downtown set. DJs Harley and Cassie celebrate their Paper Nightlife Award for “Best DJ Win” at Marquee, and Charlotte Ronson brings out the best of the downtowners for her after-party at Avenue.

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. Other Things to Try:About Town: No you haven’t drank your way to St. Patty’s day; it’s just the 12th Annual Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl, starting at 11:30am at Village Pourhouse. Speaking of stuff hipsters hate, GlassLands Gallery hosts the Tumblr blog Stuff Hipsters Hate as they celebrate their newly minted book deal.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: Sundays have been a solid party night, even through the bluster of the winter season. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Frequented by the Ronson clan and celebfolk who go unrecognized by a collection of spendy bankers. A favorite amongst models, Danny Masterson, and DJ Jesse Marco. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan themed bar has become the Pants on the Ground song. Sort of creepy, but a guilty pleasure and viral. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – The Van Dam party begs the question: Where is Jean Claude Van Dam? ● White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – Another odd place to stumble into late night. Hit or miss and always a “Where did all of these people come from?” moment. Other Things To Try:Free Booze: Home Sweet Home tries to offer an alterna-Sway with their new Sunday party, N.W.N.S (No Way No Sway). Enjoy an open vodka bar from 10:30pm-11pm with no cover. If you’re looking for some Brooklyn brew, check out Savalas for “Shake Your Brass Sundays with Wolff” night. They’re hawking free Yuengling from 8-9pm. ● About Town: And speaking of White Slab Palace ” title=”White Slab Palace”>White Slab Palace, Richard Chai has it as his chosen venue for his LOVE Launch Party.

MONDAY

Lowdown: Monday night is for getting rid of your Sunday hangover. 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. ● Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy after ten. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Football season is over, but it’s still industry night here. Other Things to Try:About Town: Tegan & Sara play Music Hall of Williamsburg. ●Free Booze: I’ve yet to check it out, but the Arcade party comes to Darkroom with free vodka and free cover from 11-12pm, while Danzie and James Morley spin.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Fashion week comes to a close, so get your last drop of freebie booze and your final fix of celeb stalking. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan, who is pairing up with Paul Sevigny on the next New York hot spot, Kenmare. ● 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. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Green followers love Tuesdays too. Other Things to Try:About Town: Walter’s Fall 2010 After Party is at 9:00pm at The Eldridge. ●Free Booze: It’s Trainwreck Tuesday at Angels & Kings. This means two open vodka bars with no cover. The first freebie power half-hour: 10pm-10:30pm, the second from 1-1:30am. Happy Ending has free vodka from 11-12am at their weekly Disco Down party with 66Sick, and Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery for Todd & Harrison’s Tuesday Night Disco. This means free absinthe and live music with a $7 cover. Darkroom has a dark vodka power hour from 11-12am with 24Court spinning.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Steve Lewis’s Birthday and Superbowl Sunday

Socials and fashionistas might be fasting in prep for Fashion Week, but we take the side of Ernest Hemingway, who said “Drinking is a way of ending the day.” This week, with the Superbowl taking over pubs, Steve Lewis is taking over Lit for birthday party and drinkers taking over the MoMa for First Thursdays, there are plenty of ways to end the day well. If you aren’t in the mood for hooch, there are events for talking about alcohol, a giant Sleepover party and cozy cupcake affairs.

Eclectic, StraightTUESDAY

Lowdown: The hipsters infiltrate the clubs, Nur Kahn maintains at Rose Bar, and our dearest Steve Lewis has a Birthday! 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. ● 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. ●Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays. Champagne in a dive bar. Say no more. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Green followers love Tuesdays too. Other Things to Try:About Town: Lit, which has been under fire from the health department for lighting up will be hosting Good Night Mr. Lewis’ birthday bash tonight. Bring ear plugs, Steve is playing DJ (I kid Steve! You’re a musical talent!!) ●Free Booze: It’s Trainwreck Tuesday at Angels & Kings. This means two open vodka bars with no cover. The first freebie power half-hour: 10pm-10:30pm, the second from 1-1:30am. Happy Ending has free vodka from 11-12am at their weekly Disco Down party with 66Sick, and Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery has free beer from 9-10pm with live performances by War Game, Workout and Hallelujah.

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day isn’t just for humping. 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 — bottle models pack it in pre-1Oak and Boom Boom Room. ● 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. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back, along with her FAM (Friends and Music). Featuring Gabby, Richard and Tariq.

Meet The FAM – 8pm Wednesdays @ subMercer from Tariq Abdus-Sabur on Vimeo.

Su Casa (Greenwich Village)- The kids from Upstairs (remember Upstairs? Leo Di doesn’t either) are putting together this new party. Heavy on the gays and the girls. ● 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. image Other Things to Try:About Town:The Constellations play Brooklyn Bowl, Royal Wednesdays @ Le Souk Harem tries to bring some heat to Wednesdays, and if you have 1K for a ticket or 10K for a table, then clear your calendars for International Women’s Health Coalition 2010 Gala @ Cipriani’s 42nd Street. Having a Julie & Julia moment? Tom Colicchio, Dan Barber, Jacques Torres and Andre Soltner get together for a Doing What You Love talk at 8pm at 92Y

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night, which explains why Butter is moved their dancey Friday party — Whipped — to Thursdays. 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 over-saturated 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. ● 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. Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still a great standby for good times, while the down belows like Macao’s basement opium den, is also great. ● Butter (Noho) – Thursday-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. Other Things to Try:About Town: Kiss & Fly reopens with a new look, hopefully a look that will be more conductive to maintaining a vibe of any kind. Marissa Meltzer celebrates her new book Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music at Pianos (totes crashing), and it’s the First Thursday of the Month at MoMa, a night in which the museum stasy open until 8:45 pm with gallery talks, audio tours, and film screenings that are free with the price of admission. Drinkers: the main atrium will have a cash bar.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: Are Fridays cool again? 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. ● 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. Other Things to Try:About Town: Ra Ra Riot and The Antlers play BAM, Hotchip plays the Highline Ballroom and RuPaul is at Borders at Columbus Circle to sign books at 7 p.m. If you want something a little more low key, go talk about the 10 Most Famous Hotel Bars (and their 10 Best Cocktails) at the Astor Center at 6:30 p.m.

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. Other Things to Try:About Town:The Ritz Carlton Central Park begins its annual “Valentine Cupcake Tea”, which is a great way to spend lazy weekends in cozy and expensive knitwear if you have the $28 bucks to spend on cupcakes, tea or hot chocolate. The LOOM Party, which is a month long art installation at 1087 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, kicks off with free beer all night, sponsored and VICE Magazine. Also, get out your footie pajamas, it’s the Sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History!

Superbowl SUNDAY

Lowdown: Sundays have been a solid party night, even through the bluster of the winter season. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Frequented by the Ronson clan and celebfolk who go unrecognized by a collection of spendy bankers. A favorite amongst models, Danny Masterson, and DJ Jesse Marco. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan themed bar has become the Pants on the Ground song. Sort of creepy, but a guilty pleasure and viral. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – The Van Dam party begs the question: Where is Jean Claude Van Dam? ● White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – Another odd place to stumble into late night. Hit or miss and always a “Where did all of these people come from?” moment. Other Things To Try:Free Booze: Home Sweet Home tries to offer an alterna-Sway with their new Sunday party, N.W.N.S (No Way No Sway). Enjoy an open vodka bar from 10:30pm-11pm with no cover. If you’re looking for some Brooklyn brew, check out Savalas for “Shake Your Brass Sundays with Wolff” night. They’re hawking free Yuengling from 8-9pm. ● Superbowl Sunday: It’s a given that the sports-loving venue trio Hudson Terrace, Village Pourhouse & Sidebar will be up to some antics. Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge in Manhattan is having a Super Bowling party with an open bar from 6-9pm, a ribs and wings buffet, and 21 big screens. You should probably get your tickets in advance (like, now). If you’re a Saints fan, get down to your southern roots at an all-you-can-eat Super Bowl Buffet at B.B. Kings Blues Club at 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY

Lowdown: Monday night means getting rid of your Sunday hangover. 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. ● Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy after ten. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Football season is over, but it’s still industry night here. Other Things to Try:About Town: On the 8th Yeasayer plays the Bowery BallroomFree Booze: I’ve yet to check it out, but the Arcade party comes to Darkroom with free vodka and free cover from 11-12pm, while Danzie and James Morley spin.

DJ Maia Wojcik’s Beauty Tricks for Day and Night

That title is wrong. Tricks are for kids, and Maia is a pro. If she was a kid she’d be a sleep-all-day-party-all-night career DJ with no alarm clock. Not Maia, her alarm clock goes off every morning for her day job as a fashion exec, whether she likes it or not. Despite the late nights spent spinning at places like Butter, BEast and Tribeca Grand as one half of the duo matt + maia, Miss Wojcik is always bright-eyed and bushy-tailed come morning. The girl looks good when I bid her farewell late at night to go home and catch up on beauty sleep, and just as bangin’ in the light of day, short on sleep and H2O. Maia shares the magic potions in her arsenal that keep her together at all hours (hint: corn and peas).

When you wake up in the morning after a ‘gig’ what do you usually do to save face? After a weekday gig, I sometimes only get four hours of sleep before I head into the office. To deal with tired eyes, I wash my face with ice cold water, moisturize, and gently apply Lancome’s Renergie Microlift Eye R.A.R.E. It stings a little bit, but I love that because I know it’s working. When desperate times call for desperate measures, nothing works better to cure puffy eyes than a couple bags of frozen veggies from the freezer. I’ll usually press them to my eyes for as long as I can bear it (about six seconds)… corn on one eye, peas on the other. Works wonders.

Do you do your makeup differently for a night out? Definitely. When I’m DJing I almost always do a dramatic lip (I rarely wear lipstick during the day). I love classic red lips- Chanel Rouge Allure, in “Lover” is my pick. Sometimes I’ll do bright coral, or pink. And I definitely don’t skimp on the black eyeliner.

Where else do you go out when you aren’t DJing? If I’m not DJing, I’m trying to have a low-key night, unless I’m going to see other DJs I like. I go anywhere from Market Hotel to Webster Hall. BEast and Avenue are fun, but I’m also pretty happy with a glass of champagne at Les Enfants Terribles, which is a block from my house.

Biggest beauty faux pas: Wearing brightly colored eyeshadow with brightly colored lipstick. Unless you’re entertaining children at a birthday party, that look never works.

Makeup staple: Keihl’s Lip Balm #1 – It adds a nice gloss while soothing dry lips.

Skin care essential: Toner. I love Scientifica Skincare Skincare Hydra-Pure toner. I’m not even sure what it does, but it feels amazing.

Exercise routine: Walking everywhere, biking to work, and taking stairs rather than the elevator, within reason. Does dancing in the DJ booth count?

Anti-aging tip: I’m borderline phobic of direct sunlight on my face. I always wear moisturizer with SPF, even in the winter, and get my “sun-kissed glow” from Origins Sunny Disposition Bronzer, rather than the actual sun.

Must have hair product: Aveda Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment – when you go as light as I do with highlights, you have to take good care of your hair.

Beauty indulgence: Regular facials with Lulu at Scientifica Skincare. She was the best kept secret in Manhattan until she was recently plugged by Christy Turlington in Vogue. My skin improved dramatically after I started seeing her a few years ago, to the point where people would comment. She also sells amazing products that she helped develop herself.

Hair salon: Vidal Sassoon on 18th Street, or Carsten Salon in Union Square.

At home beauty secret: Tan Towels. I can’t reveal any more than that. They are incredible. And as much sleep as possible.

Skin care line you’re obsessed with: Clinique Moisture Surge – It’s a daily moisturizer but in the form of a gel. I’ve never seen anything like it. It goes on with a dry feel, not oily or greasy like other moisturizers. It’s amazing. I’m completely obsessed.

Shower essentials: I use Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner for my hair, and Aveeno Positively Radient Exfoliating Shower Wash with a loofah for my body. I also follow every shower with St. Ives Vitamin E lotion from head to toe.

Your scent: Marc Jacobs Daisy. I also received a free sample of Harajuka “Love” by Gwen Stefani, which smells really nice.

Biggest splurge: Highlights every 6-8 weeks. Painful on the wallet.

Daily makeup: Full n Soft Mascara by Maybelline. It’s better than any designer mascara I’ve ever tried. Light powder, light eyeshadow, eyeliner and I’m done.

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