Day and Night’s 5-Year Anniversary & Halloween Bashes

I’ve heard it said that I am "far out.” Really, I’ve heard that. Today I will talk about events that are not as near as usual. First, however, I must pause to congratulate the Koch brothers Daniel M. and Derek M. for their four-year anniversary of Day and Night. They and their usual suspects including MATT OLIVER, RANDY SCOTT, GREG GUILLEBAUT, PHILIPPE BONDON, MATT MONCADA, IAN PARMS, DAVID SCHULMAN, ERICA LAWRENCE, and YANN FRANTZ will celebrate this Saturday at Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., with DJs Roger Sanchez and CLMD from Size Records. Reservations can be made by emailing PARTY@DAYANDNIGHTLIFE.COM or calling 212.201.1222.

Next up and far out there for me is the GEMS’ Girls Like Us Benefit Gala next Wednesday, October 17 at El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue between 104th and 105th Street, 6:30pm-10pm. The event will be hosted by Demi Moore and Arden Wohl. It’s cocktail attire with tickets at $300.

"The gala will honor Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, GEMS, the largest service provider to commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women in the US. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this event will go to GEMS critical services for victims and survivors, ages 12 -24, of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Hosts Demi Moore and Arden Wohl will kick-off a star-studded dramatic reading of excerpts from Girls Like Us, the critically acclaimed memoir by GEMS founder and executive director Rachel Lloyd. Participants in the event include: Jada Pinkett Smith, Yolanda Ross, Natasha Lyonne, Roz Coleman, Jamie Hector, Adepero Oduye, Shontelle, and India Arie." 

Also out there is Social Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Halloween Ball with  a performance by Madame Mayhem at Center548 on Saturday, October 27th. It’s a Halloween costume affair. Mayhem has an album coming out on the 30th called White Noise with a single called "Save Me.” It starts at 7:30pm with a meet & greet with Madame Mayhem and Grammy Award winning producer Mark Hudson over champagne and hors d’oeuvres until 9pm. "General admission tickets are also available for $45 and holders will get to enjoy the costume ball and live performance by Madame Mayhem and her all star band. Doors open at 9pm and will include a full open bar and DJ spinning till 2am.A portion of the proceeds from each VIP ticket sold on eventbrite will aide Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities."

The 27th will be Halloween for most, as the Wednesday actual date is too much for the working class. All week is my norm. On the 27th I will DJ at the Empire Ballroom’s Monster Bash with DJ Kyle Rayner. I go from 9pm to 11pm, and Kyle goes after, unless I scare the crowd away with my spooky Halloween set. Having Halloween celebrated on a Saturday isn’t necessarily a good thing for operators as most spots are slammed anyway. The added revenues from the holiday on Wednesday would normally be a shot in the arm, but the midweek date will kill Thursdays and slow Fridays for most operators. More of this next week.

A First Glimpse At What’s Opening and What Never Should Have Closed

A very fat – or is it phat – quiet cat is out of the bag. I am sworn to secrecy about Toy, the new Tony Theodore/Koch brothers-driven spot in the Ganesvoort Meatpacking. I was graciously and quietly given a tour the other day while workman readied the Jeffrey Beers-designed space. I promised to keep it all on the low but once a PR firm sends out invites… it’s time to talk. Toy looks like it will be fun to play with. My goodness that was corny but expected I guess. Daniel, Derek, and Tony gave me the $2-tour and I was impressed. There is a wonderful outdoor space, an oyster bar and multi-levels and faceted mirrors all over the ceiling, fabulous blue booths and ebonized tables, and the whole place is better suited than previous incarnations to embrace those seeking the good life down in the Meatpacking District.

The event the PR peeps are hawking is this Monster Diesel party Thursday night. No, that’s not a truck and an energy drink soiree rather it is the clothing company announcing the launch of its "Noise Division" and a headphone company. Noise at the event is offered up by Theophilus London, Solange Knowles, and Brendan Fallis. I promised everyone I would attend and will do so.

On Saturday night I was hobnobbing at Snap and Stash where bon vivants gathered to watch that wonderful fight where Tim Bradley whipped Manny Pacquiao. After the fight, the models, promoters, and owners poured into the street and then over to Darby Downstairs. I heard Ryan Gosling and a slew of others like that attended. I didn’t see them in the crowd. I did get to chat up a bearded Leonardo DiCaprio who I hadn’t seen in a minute. He used to hang with us at Life and other joints we ran. He’s as cool and down- to-earth as ever and it was great to small-talk with the big star. I don’t much like to talk about celebs in clubs, but when they’re on the sidewalk talking to me I figure it’s OK.

After all the hoopla, I joined my party downstairs at Snap for a bottle of Beau Joie Champagne. My group included Jenny Oz Leroy of Tavern on the Green and Russian Tea Room fame. It’s amazing to me that this city pushed her out of Tavern, the joint her dad created from nothing and now, years later, the building is rotting. It’s a testament to bureaucracy gone bad and it’s complete and utter bullshit from the pencil-pushers involved.

Tavern was part of the fabric of this town. It was weddings and galas and lights and magic. It was visited and revisited by generations. It was memories. It was jobs and tax revenues from one of the highest grossing restaurants in the country, until Vegas exploded the undisputed truth in restaurant revenues. It lays empty, and every warm summer day underscores the huge mistake made by this administration. Admit it fellows…admit that you royally fucked up, dropped the ball, blew it, and beg Jenny to take it back.

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