NYC Try Outs: Kristina Marino’s Downtown Diaries

Steve Lewis has it right: these are the good ol’ days. They’re good because there’s something for everyone, and you can change your something on any given night. Take Kristina Marino. Her blog, The Downtown Diaries, chronicles all things nocturnal in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn—her own weekly imbiberies are chameleon-like, but they’re also true to herself. She likes a nice local bar where everyone knows her name, she takes chances with new parties, and she doesn’t judge a restaurant by its dress code. Here, her weekly spots to be scene and be sceney.

Name: Kristina Marino Professional Resume: I’m a jack of all trades but am best known for my blog, The Downtown Diaries, and the parties I throw. In my spare time, I’m the Digital Engagement Manager at Mirrorball, aka I get paid to Facebook, Twitter, and blog, all day, every day—be jealous. One Word to Describe Nightlife in New York City: Sceney

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City Loves:Favorite lunch spot: Westville, Schillers, Miss Favela (Williamsburg). • Favorite dinner spot: Rye (Williamsburg), Fette Sau (Williamsburg), Gemma. • Favorite nightlife trend: Wearing whatever the F you want. • Drink of choice: Dark and Stormy’s. • Meal of choice: Any kind of seafood. I love the linguine and clams from Fiore—it’s cheap and delicious but more of a guilty pleasure. • Favorite group of people to bump into: Nicole Wasilewicz (Free Williamsburg), Katherine Kelly, Melissa Widhson, Caitlin Monahan (Darling Cait), Tommy Eichmann (Alexa Ray Joel), Mike Del Rio, Brittany Mendenhall (ChiChi212), Antwan Duncan (I Think You’re Swell), Victor Castro (Wet Paint Photography), Hannah Rad (Sheena Beaston, East Village Radio), the Finger on the Pulse twins, DJ MSB, and a bunch of people no one reading this has ever heard of.

City Gripes:Nightlife trend you loathe: Fake glasses, models, celebrity/socialite DJs, and Aalex Julian. Oh and ladies, if you are not wearing tights in the middle of winter, you need to get your act together. • Drink: Vodka Cranberry • Meal: Street Meat. Food Chains. Dos Caminos. Group of people to bump into: About 50% of the people I see out on a daily basis…New York City is one big incestuous small world.

Her Hotspots:  Honestly, as a blogger, it’s hard to have a hotspot—I am running around the city attending different events, shows, etc. The best part about living in NYC is the variety—it’s all about having options. Here are some basics. Monday: Jane Hotel Tuesday: Le Souk Harem is giving a solid effort. The Bowery, Avenue, Lit, Gallery Bar…I guess. Wednesday: FOTP BBQ Blowout at Good Co, RDV. Thursday: Il Bagatto, Goldbar. Friday: Above Allen, Dram. Saturday: Day & Night, Le Bain. Sunday: Thompson LES pool party, Jelly Pool Parties/ All Saints Pub, Goldbar.

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Every night: Le Bain, Kenmare, Godlbar, or anywhere local—I usually hang at The Commodore, Maracuja, or Spuyten Duyvil. Wouldn’t be caught dead here: Greenhouse, Marquee, SL, Kiss & Fly, Tenjune, Veranda, Above 14th St.

For special occasions: MILK Studios is a great event space.

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Brunch is usually: To eat, I like to stay local. There’s nothing better than brunch in Brooklyn. My friends and I wind up at Lodge more often than not. If I am going to “brunch” to dance on tables and get wasted, then Day & Night it is. 

Great Philosophers, Parties & Rock Stars

This has been a very crazy week for me, and Friday needs to be Saturday, so I’m going to keep this brief. It’s almost like a great cloud of volcanic ash is preventing thoughts from flying around my head. A great philosopher, inspector Harry Callahan, sometimes known as Dirty Harry, once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Six days in a row, getting up at 7am after attending the most important parties ever, has left me limp. I will muster enough strength to attend Danny Tenaglia’s birthday party at Pacha Saturday night. He’s one of the truly nice guys in the biz, and Danny’s DJ career is 30 years wonderful. Whenever some whippersnapper know-it-all proclaims the end of the mega-club era, I say go to an event like this. Only a Pacha and M2 (thankfully re-opened) or a Webster Hall have the systems, the sight lines and, of course, the space to host this type of party. The small clubs never experience the orgasmic frenzy that the super clubs are built for.

Speaking of super clubs — oh, I got that wrong — its’ Juliet Supper Club. I attended the BlackBook/Joonbug soiree there last night. My bestest blogger belle Brittany Mendenhall was harassing my Blackberry to attend. She is much larger than me and seemed determined, so I went. I shook hands with Scallywag and Vagabond’s Christopher Koulouris, who is way more pleasant than anyone says. I like him. Kristina Marino of Downtown Diaries reminded me of her party on May 6, and I swore I’d attend. I usually don’t know what I’m doing in the next hour, but I’ll try. I wanted to talk to Juliet owner Jon B about the design job over at Greenhouse. He has me and my partner Marc Dizon doing it, but I couldn’t find him in the crowd. Me and mine headed into the night to split a hot fudge sunday at the nearby Empire Diner. I knew there was a reason why I like Juliet.

Bobby Steele, the brilliant brash leader/singer/guitarist of hardcore innovators The Undead, is putting out another record, I Want You Dead. I met Bobby back in the day, right after he left the Misfits. I helped him with management for a minute. I was with him when he got signed to Stiff Records, which demised about a month later. His career has been like that: a claw to the next level and a fall back. Bobby Steele is a true hardcore/punk legend and clawing and scrapping and grasping for straws is the natural state. From it comes a purity that escapes those who have never known a squat or played rooms the size of an Oldsmobile. Even when they amputated a toe he wasn’t deterred. His next offering, 9 Toes Later, displayed the unstoppable grit and streetwise talent that have always defined him. Bobby Steele is a rock star. He may not have the castle or the platinum records, but he is the real deal. His unwavering loyalty to his genre insured a limited financial success, but undeniable street cred. Like Danny Tenaglia, Bobby is celebrating 30 years doing his thing. Catch him when he plays out and you might for a second understand the sound, the look, the visceral feeling that spawned a great deal of the rock scene of the last three decades.

Lastly, 100 years ago this week another great philosopher named Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) passed away. I constantly read his quotations to brighten dreary days or moods. Here are 10 of his quotations that may greatly help myself and my fraternity of bloggers.

1) “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” 2) “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” 3) “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” 4) “When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.” 5) “The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.” 6) “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” 7) “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very.” Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” 8) “The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.” 9) “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” 10) “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”