Alan Rish: Hits from the 80’s, 90’s & Today

Alan Rish and I have been in the same rooms together a lot. Nightclubs, parties, galas, and events defined our lives for decades. We always went to the club or bar or restaurant of the moment. We were always out. We said polite ‘hellos’ and introduced the people we were with to each other. We traveled in different circles, but up until very recently, different circles hung out in the same places. Alan became a publicist. He isn’t the type of publicist that you have to track down. He chooses his clients and becomes part of their lives. He uses his vast experiences, and lessons—often learned the hard way—to lead the way.

There was time when you were jumping in front of the camera, but now you are pushing guys like me towards your clients. When did you start doing that and why? I found that I am much more comfortable in the back of the camera than front and center. People that have not had the experience think that fame or notoriety is all good, but I found that notoriety caused a lot of negative and jealous feelings in others, not to mention unwanted calls from insurance salesmen. More importantly, clients did not want to see their PR person in the picture and quoted in the story. So as I got more professional about PR, I learned how to present a client in the best light and how to let them shine. I find that a lot more satisfying, anyway. Frankly, in the internet age, I don’t understand why anybody would want to be famous! With the bloggers feeling absolutely free to express their opinions on a person’s looks, weight, relevance, and any other critique they have, and then with some of the commenters adding their negativity and bile, often anonymously, it’s horrible to be mentioned on certain websites. I always tell my clients not to read the comments, but of course they always do! How did you survive the 80’s? To be honest I almost didn’t! I learned everything the hard way: by doing it. So I learned that the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle can really take a toll. I had to take time off and clean up my act after the eighties. Fortunately, I could always run back home to Mexico City. If I hadn’t had family and friends to go back to I don’t think I would of survived. It’s interesting to run into people from those night clubbing times. Some, like you and me, have reinvented themselves—several times! You look better than ever. Some are horrific. There is no middle ground. When I worked on Patrick McMullan’s So Eighties book release, his gallery show and events, it was fantastic to see how many eighties people have thrived into this millennium. Others have died, or are “the walking dead” as Micheal Musto calls them.

You count among your friends a great deal of people who are considered “bold faced names.” Name names. Can you tell us the differences—if any—between them, and us mere mortals? I have not found “mere mortals” to be better of worse than the bold facers! You gotta take it case by case. Some differences: actors, models, writers, photographers etc., have a wide experience of the world (even very young ones). A lot of the models that I have worked with have traveled the world several times over, from a very early age. So even the unschooled ones have absorbed different cultures, and places. They can’t help but have a wider experience of life. This can be both good and bad, depending on the person. I have been lucky in that PR has afforded me the opportunity to meet a lot of different people successful enough in their fields to hire a PR person. So I get to learn the ins and outs of the worlds of fashion or music, finance or society from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. I have just as much admiration and appreciation for for someone— like former client, model and heiress Lydia Hearst—who has an incredible work ethic and ambition, as current client Jayma Cardoso, who came to New York 15 years ago to learn English, and has become the leading woman in the nightclub industry. They are both incredible, fearless, and so funny, and they both have great style. They both have more in common with each other than with their peer group. That is what is so incredible about New York. Talent, work ethic, and smarts will get you very far, no matter where you started. And no talent, no smarts, and a bad work ethic will bring you down—no matter how high you started!

Also “mere mortals,” which is your terminology, not mine, become bold-facers in New York all the time. I learned from Patrick McMullan that you pay just as much attention to the cute bartender as to the honoree of the night! Because next year the honoree might be behind the bar serving the current star who used to be the bartender.

Describe a typical Thursday night for you, circa 1981. Since this is the Steven Lewis, column one of your clubs comes to mind. When you reopened the Palladium, I had a date with Amy Lumet to attend. I was waiting for her in front of my apartment, expecting a cab to pull up, and up comes a huge white limo. Who opens the door for me? None other than Rick “Superfreak” James! That kind of thing seemed to happen every Thursday in the eighties and nineties! Sad to say Rick James does not pull up to my door today. I think he’s dead.

Tell me about your favorite all time clubs and maybe a memory that seems unreal today. I have a very fuzzy memory of time lines and clubs. They all blend in together. Danceteria was the first club where I came into my own as an event organizer, and that led to PR. It was a great experience because Rudolph was very nurturing to me, as I know he was to you. He was the first club owner to give me carte blanc to do amazing things. He hosted a birthday dinner for 250 people for my 25th birthday. Mary McFadden, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, Robert Maplethrope, Bronsky Beat and Dianne Brill brought Frankie Goes to Holywood. That was covered by the New York Times, and kind of started me in the direction of Public Relations. Then, it was the very competitive Dog Eat Dog environment of Area. Area was a fantastic club in the front, and the first truly Uptown/Downtown phenomenon. An Andy Warhol, Reinaldo Herera, kind of thing. But I remember it most for the 7 or 8 squabling Israelis that owned it with Chris and Eric Goode. They were always trying not to pay me! I got to experience the tale-end of Steve Rubells and Ian Schrager’s Studio 54, so that was amazing. It all seems a little unreal, because today nothing seems to happen off the record, and spontaneously. In the old days, people did not go to clubs with their stylists, bodyguards, and PR. But all that said, when Scott Lipps had his fashion week party at the Kenmare last year, Terry Richardson—today’s version of Andy—was there, taking pictures of the beauties, and Daphne Guiness hung out next to skater boys. So New York is still as exciting as ever.

How about a client list? And what is your mission for them? Currently Scott Lipps, 1 Model Management (which reps everybody from Helena Christianson, Iman, Bar Raffaelli and different girls for different projects) the “Irish Boys” who own Good Co. in Williamsburg, Libation on Ludlow, and Park Avenue Tavern on 39th street, Jayma Cardoso and Billy Gilroy. Other past clients: Lydia Hearst, Angels and Kings, Pete Wentz, Gym Class Heroes, Panic! at the Disco, and Crush Management’s club, Hilfigers. I have done the PR for a ton of clubs, as well as Rocker Tyson Ritter, projects with Rosario Dawson, Lauren Bush’s Feed Project with her mother Sharon. Many more. I only work with a few clients at a time. I don’t work for people I don’t like, or respect, so I feel I have the luxury to pick and choose. I like to really be true to them, and help them broaden their scope. One example: right now we are working on Scott Lipps’s blog, PopLipps. It’s a very different kind of blog, with very few words, and a lot of pictures, and no links to other blogs. I think that’s the future of blogging, and creating and controlling your own image. I always noticed that Scott loved to take pictures with his Blackberry. He loves to go out, and he knows all the beautiful girls, and the famous boys that follow them. So I told him to combine his love of going everywhere, and knowing everyone, with his love of taking fast pics with his Blackberry. Poplipps was born. Scott is really coming into his own this season. This fashion week we got him a business story in the NY Times, and features in CNN and Bloomberg news. It’s exciting to see a client go from one level to another.

Another example : With Lydia, I mentioned to the Editor of Page Six Magazine that she loved to write, and had very strong opinions, so they offered her a column. Jayma Cardoso is really exploding, with her successes with Surf Lodge and Lavo. But instead of focusing on her nightclubbing, I focused on her really good taste in decorating her loft, and that lead to a design feature in the New york Times, which led to the cover of Avenue this month.

With Billy Gilroy I noticed that his personal life was just as eventful, and as interesting as his restaurant life, so that led to a huge profile in the Times, you gotta think out of the box.

How long have I known you? I met you at Danceteria, if I remember correctly.Between you and I, we had the big events there. You were more downtown and fashion, and I did the art and uptown trust funders. I kind of think we had a parallel-existence since then.


Saturday I will attend, for obvious reasons, “Well Hung” at The Chelsea Chapter Art—540 West 28th street. The reception is from 6-10pm. The exhibition runs through April 3rd. A percentage of proceeds will benefit Free Arts NYC. My dear friend Kelly Hubert tells me it’s going to be a blast. I asked her about it

This weekend marks a big transition for me. Last summer Patrick Duffy had introduced me to art duo Mint&Serf as we were starting a series of Art brunches at BES. Our relationship coincided with the opening of District 36, who we approached about having an installation commissioned for the club. My friendship with Mint&Serf evolved into the role of publicist, and helped immensely in building a platform for my company, State Of Grace. This Saturday, we’re launching The Chelsea Chapter, a pop-up gallery featuring the works of Leo Fitzpatrick, Erik Foss, Maripol, Futura, of course Mint&Serf, and many other talented artists. The name of the show is ‘Well Hung,’ a play on the neighborhood (We are next door to the Eagle). What we are offering is an alternative to the congestion of Armory Art Fairs, bringing a downtown vibe to Chelsea, and hopefully selling some art as we do so.

Friday in NYC: Steve Clark, “The Girl Is Blue + Refuses to Sing”

An itinerant poet, painter, and movie director, Steve Clark is nevertheless no debutante. Classically trained in art history, he also served as a senior editor under George Plimpton at The Paris Review. His 2009 directorial debut, The Last International Playboy (co-written with Thomas Moffett) starred Jason Behr and none other than Lydia Hearst. And this Friday, February 4, he’s showing some of his recent paintings in New York.

The name of the show is “The Girl Is Blue + Refuses to Sing,” and the opening reception goes down at the West Broadway Gallery Space (362 West Broadway, between Grand and Broome) from 7-10pm. On view will be Clark’s latest, largest canvases — abstracts done in unassuming media like house paint, chalk, and charcoal along with the usual oils and pastels. The reception’s presented by Saskia Miller, so RSVP her at

Miles Fisher Covers Christian Bale, David Byrne, Tom Cruise, & Kills Lydia Hearst

If there’s one thing Miles Fisher is undeniably great at, it’s attracting attention. The 26 year-old actor rocketed to “viral sensation” status for his spot-on Tom Cruise impersonation in Superhero Movie. He’s done it again, recently, though with slightly more artistic intent, self-releasing a music video starring former BlackBook intern Lydia Hearst, another spot-on impersonation (his take on Christian Bale’s American Psycho performance), and his slightly unorthodox take on the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).” The entire affair turned out quite well, and got some decent attention, piquing ours, too. We talked to Miles about his music, the unique nature of his fame, his Harvard lineage, Mark Zuckerberg, and of course, what it’s like to work with Lydia Hearst in one of the more visceral ways possible.

Miles Fisher – This Must Be The Place (Cover) from Miles Fisher on Vimeo.

You’ve had a bit of a whirlwind bout of press. What was the week of the release like? What were you doing in New York? I was there taking a little bit of an escape from LA., as everything’s culminated to the release of this video, and I knew the initial buzz would be in New York. All the people involved are from the city, for one thing. We released the video last Tuesday just online, and then I flew in that evening. Since then, it’s been great, and a bunch of people have since taken interest. All we want to do is respond to them and get them more excited.

Did you have any idea that the video was going to generate the kind of interest that it did when you made it? Everybody I know knows the original, and everybody I know loves the Talking Heads. They’re one of my favorite bands, and American Psycho is a personal favorite of mine, so: if we could pull off the original idea, which was to record a cover of the song and record a “cover” of the movie, and really have them parallel each other in specific moments where the lyrics match the visuals, there’d be potential to gain a bit of interest. We didn’t know that it would generate the kind of response it has, though. I mean: it’s only been up for a week and already we’ve gotten half a million views.

How’d the EP come about? I recorded it with a producer in Brooklyn named Sean Han who was under his production name, Blip Blip Bleep, who’s a tremendously talented guy. Music’s been a big part of my life since I was ten years-old and I’ve been out in LA for about two and a half years now. I moved out here initially to be in acting, and it’s going very, very well, but it’s not terribly self-enabled as a profession. It’s not like I go home at the end of a long day, go up to my room, and unwind by doing a couple of monologues.

It’s funny: you’re a RedCard, a Harvard grad, and you’re supposed to be you know working for the NSA or something. Not to pigeon-hole Harvard grads into Good Will Hunting cliche, but so many of them are in self-enabled professions, and you’re at the whim of an industry that’s pretty fickle. I definitely grew up in a very structured environment that was fairly meritocratic, where you get out of it what you put in. And then, you know, you get to L.A. and you’re like, “Alright,” [claps hands], “I’m ready. I’m ready to go, tell me what to do and I’ll work harder than anybody to get to that goal.” And it just doesn’t work that way.

But you’ve seem to manage to take hold of things. This was all you. You took advantage of the internet in creating a quick, fast buzz. I think I was the first year ever to get my college acceptance letter via email. A classmate of mine at Harvard, Mark Zuckerburg, invented Facebook, and we were—I was kind of one of the first original members ever of Facebook, back when it was an inhouse thing, you know?

Right, back when it was just a Harvard thing. Right. There were no photos, and it was, and really, just a means to flirt with the cute girl in your lecture. And of course, now it’s beyond “game-changer” and it’s a huge media platform on its own, not to mention part of its own genre of connectivity. But we—you know, if you subscribe at all to Gladwell’s Outliers, the Ten Thousand Hour Rule…

I’m familiar with it. You do something for 10,000 hours and your brain’ll explode from it. [Ed. Or you become achieve mastery in it.] I don’t know where the speedometer is right now, but whoever clocks in 10,000 hours in kind of media 2.0…I mean, we were kind of fluent in that language as the vocabulary was still being developed, and that’s really exciting. A lot of this thing’s reviews have been coming in from—for example, the site—it got over 200,000 views in the first 24 hours on and a lot of those were from people posting to their Facebook. I mean, that site’s much more geared toward college and high school kids, but it’s amazing how it spreads like wildfire. For example, I was in this film called Superhero Movie

I was going to get to that. The Tom Cruise impersonation achieved for you a kind of “viral” fame. Your Patrick Bateman/Christian Bale impersonation was spot-on, too. Did the ability to channel that kind of thing factor into choosing American Psycho as the video you were going to cover? To this day people stop me on the street and say, “That Tom Cruise thing was amazing..”

More people saw the Tom Cruise clip than actually saw Superhero Movie. Oh, yeah. Dimension Films took down the official link and put the entire thing as a special feature in the DVD because it went *too* viral. It was (among other things) a realization that—okay, look, I feel like I’m a good actor, and I feel like I’m not limited to one thing. So the best way to get that Tom Cruise thing out of peoples’ minds is to give them something else. I was kind of like, alright: if people think I’m One Note Johnny, impersonating Tom Cruise, I’m going to give it a different shot.


Well, your turn as Sleazy Coke Bro #2 on Gossip Girl was highly underrated. You’re very kind, thank you. I’ll be on Mad Men in a few weeks, which should be fun. The other thing is I knew I wanted to do it with people who I guess a way to put it that the original film kind of made fun of those people in real life—I mean the three other people are a real cross-section of New York.

You know Lydia Hearst interned for BlackBook for a day, right? Was it just for a day?

Yeah. She was a terrible intern, just miserable. How’d you get set up with her? And how was working with her? I may very well disappoint you because—and this is not just the fluff answer—she was incredible to work with. I’ve known Lydia for some time. We’ve known each other since high school. I didn’t get to see her much because she’s mostly in New York, but whenever she’s in town, we’ll always visit. She’s a personal friend, and it’s amazing actually how much she kind of looks like the actress from American Psycho.

Absolutely. Right, and the truth is some of her reaction shots are really, genuinely funny. Our director, a guy named Dave Green, who is just immensely—I mean I will stack all my chips behind him for future projects, he’s great. And by the way we’re all 26 year-old guys, me the producer and the director—but Dave Green pulled me aside twice during the shooting and said “This girl is really, really good.”

There’s a nice comedic energy in the scene where you guys are having the threesome. The big decision that we had to make that Lydia was very cool with, as was Charlotte Kidd (who was the other girl) was that there are many ways we can screw up on this—people love this movie, and people really love this song, and so if we’re going to do this video, I think we really have to commit to it. The ménage a trios in the video is pretty racy—but you know, as an actor, and if we’re going to go all out, and we’ve reconstructed this whole set for heaven’s sake, let’s do this—and she was on board with that, which was cool. If you look up close, she’s wearing a tiny tiny little Speedo, but it’s still fairly intense. Lydia, though—by getting her on board—kind of legitimized the production of it, and allowed us to kind of get momentum with a few other elements. She flew in, she was in L.A. practically overnight, and we worked long, long hours, and she did it just in good faith of our friendship. I’m very grateful to her for having done so.

Who played Paul Allen? Paul Allen is a kid named Nick Hobbs who’s a Harvard graduate of ’01, he graduated UVA Business School, and he’s old school Manhattan.

Have you heard from (American Psycho director) Mary Harron or Bret Easton Ellis? Or David Byrne? I’ve heard from Christian Bale’s agent—who actually loves it—David Byrne’s a bit of a hero, but no, neither him or Ellis.

Are you gonna tour the EP at all? Not yet, and that’s definitely in the works. Right now it was really just me and this producer working together, but right now we kind of want to do—for lack of a better phrase—visual pop, where for each track we create an original video. The next one that we have coming up is the first song on the download—”Don’t Let Go”—and we got a cool music video that we’re now just finalizing. The music, and these videos, like I said, are enabling, and something I can kind of do on my own and stay busy kind of outside of auditioning and acting, but I want to do both. In a personal capacity, it’s music and it’s videos, and in a professional capacity, it’s acting.

What do your Harvard brethren think of this? Again, not to stereotype RedCards, but you know, the cliche is that they go on to fairly lucrative careers. And you’re in an endeavor that’s… That’s not guaranteed. They’re really supportive. I’m still in good touch with my friends from Harvard and you know, look, a lot of them have kind of “crushed it,” and they’re making a lot of money and they’re doing well. I will say: being out here in L.A., I think by far I have more and more friends that wake up everyday, whether they’re making money or not, who’re pretty passionate about what they’re doing. That’s exciting. I wouldn’t say that my friends from college are already burned out—they’re not—but I don’t know how genuinely psyched some are when they get out of bed in the morning to go to work.

And it sounds like you’re coming up with that enthusiasm fairly well. Yeah, so, let’s hope I’m not totally in denial [laughing].
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Pop Quiz: Lydia Hearst & ‘The Last International Playboy’

Lydia Hearst is the picturesque, partially nude poster girl for the Steve Clark film The Last International Playboy (drops June 12). In the New York-based film, the model/actress/philanthropist/heiress (not to mention former BlackBook intern) plays a bombshell model who meets protagonist Jack Frost (played by Roswell’s Jason Behr) during a hedonistic/self-destructive phase of life. Her topless scene in the flick has been a topic of conversation, and luckily, the media favorite had time to answer our Pop Quiz in between fielding calls.

Thing you have in common with your character, Stella? It’s acting. Stella is a fun-loving girl, but apart from that you need to step outside yourself and take on someone else. Though I do like the styling, especially my green Christian Louboutin shoes. They’re my personal shoes in the film and the posters.

Best pet you’ve ever had? I’ve had a lot of incredible pets over the years, but right now I would have to say my cat, Anubis Tutankhamun.

Favorite scene from The Last International Playboy? The introduction, but I love the whole film.

Most memorable blooper from shooting? The whole experience was memorable, and sometimes bloopers make a scene even better than anyone would have originally envisioned.

If your life were a movie, it would be called … I’m not sure. My life is still a work in progress, but it would certainly be a cult classic.

Best birthday? Like a fine wine, they keep getting better with age.

Song that gets the most play on your iPod? Too many artists to list just one, but I love Wilco — How to Fight Loneliness, Portishead — Glory Box, John Lee Hooker — Annie Mae, Sam Phillips — I Need Love, and I do also like Britney Spears.

Best song in the score of The Last International Playboy? “All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch.

Emotion you hope viewers will leave the film with? There are a lot of underlying variables to the film. It depends on the individual and how they can relate to each character.

Person to whom you’d dedicate an Oscar? I would be so shocked if I were to ever get one that I wouldn’t be able to speak.

If the world was going to end tomorrow, tonight you would … Why wait to find out the world is going to end — live every day as if it were your last because eventually it will be.

Your classic film icon? Grace Kelly.

Are you superstitious? At the moment, no.

Most surprising April Fool’s joke that’s been played on you or that you’ve played on someone else? That’s for amateurs. I visit my parents and celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last year? I learn something new every day. Besides, this article isn’t big enough for me to go into details about even one life-altering experience.

You get three wishes from a genie — what are they? For three more.

What is your talent-show talent? I can ride a camel pretty well, and I’ve been playing the flute since I was six years old; I can also play a mean bongo.

Rightie or leftie? Rightie.

Basketball or football? Football.

BlackBerry or iPhone? BlackBerry.

Links: Kanye West No Fan of Twitter, Megan Fox a Switch Hitter

● Kanye West would like you to know he doesn’t Twitter; he only blogs about 5% of his life ‘cause he’s private like that. [Rap-Up] ● Paulina Porizkova says she was fired from her judge post at America’s Next Top Model on her birthday. [RealityTVWorld] ● How do Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake keep the romance alive? Partying at hot New York nightspots with their parents and grandparents. [P6]

● Ginnifer Goodwin channels her inner bad girl in a sexy photo shoot with scantily clad male models in the new W magazine. [JustJared] ● Megan Fox has revealed in the new Esquire magazine that she’s a bisexual — however, she’d never date a bisexual because they “sleep with men, and men are so dirty.” [Showbizspy] ● Lydia Hearst will show her acting abilities in The Last International Playboy, where she’ll go topless in the opening scene. [P6]

Summer Nights: Changing of the Guard

A game of musical chairs is being played by most of the major promotional entities as the summer roof season is upon us. While the highly successful 230 Fifth will still dominate this market just as the Empire State Building dominates its incredible view, some places remain unsettled or don’t have a clear opening date due to a myriad of problems. Highbar is getting a quick polish, while the roof at the Stay Hotel is still under construction. Mixed reports come from Cabanas and The Park, and the highly-touted Above Allen will finally get to open its windows amidst hopes that the sound spill doesn’t disturb too many hotel guests and nearby residents. Daemon O’Neil, Rose Bar’s patient, sweet, and very good-looking door guru (not to be confused with Damion Luaiye), is packing his clipboard and heading over to the Bazaar Bar at the upcoming Trump Soho hotel. The economic downturn, a weak dollar, and a laundry list of safety issues make travel abroad a lot less attractive this season. I hear reports that Hamptons summer rentals are sluggish, yet the Surf Lodge in Montauk is riding high.

I caught up with super duper and uber owner/outdoor space promoter Jeffrey Jah of 1Oak and other fabulous places, and he told me he was bringing back the “changing of the guard” at Groovedeck at Hudson Terrace this summer. “With Groovedeck, we’ve assembled an insane team from Bijoux (Dimitry and Francois) to Pavan and the 1Oak team. We’ve booked the Hamptons Magazine summer kick-off party as well as Lydia Hearst hosting the last International Film Premiere event.” I asked Jeffrey how the whole outdoor summer club thing started for him.

It’s pretty simple … the first real outdoor parties were “Groove on the Move,” with Mark Baker and I back in the early 90s, moving from the Central Park Boathouse to Tavern on the Green, and then permanently at Bowery Bar with Eric Goode and Serge Becker. There really were no other outdoor parties; then in 2000, I moved to Pier 59 Studios and created the deck with Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva — that’s where Remi Laba and Aymeric Clemente were given their fist taste of club promotions. They were low-level maitre d’s. In 2003, we were forced to move it to BED (the same team), and then they tried to get smart, and Baker, Remi, and Karim sold them on a cheaper deal without the 1Oak crew, but they were done after four weeks. We missed two seasons, and we’re now back at Hudson Terrace.

I asked Jeffrey if the problems with international travel these days, the weak dollar, and pandemic diseases would keep people closer to home. “Yes, the economy will keep people here. New York is the capital of the world. What’s more important is that Europeans will venture more to America with the weak dollar and get more value for the buck. We will see a lot of Euros this summer. New York is resilient, we’ve seen worst times apres 9/11. People want to blow off steam, and if the product is good, they will come again and again. A lot of people are not taking houses in the Hamptons this summer because institutional money and jobs evaporated over the last half of 2008 and first quarter of 2009. Hence I’m betting that we will see a much stronger city summer.”

I also asked Hudson Terrace co-owner Michael Sinensky about the economic impact. “If you can build one of the nicest venues in New York City, people will come out to escape what’s going on in the world. In this economy, you have to really service the customer and think outside the box to keep your patrons entertained, happy, and feeling satisfied enough that they’ll come back. I don’t think it’s all about having the best promoters and DJs and strictest door anymore — I think that’s a formula to stay open 6 to 12 months. Hudson Terrace wasn’t built to follow the models-and-bottles formula and meet their steep table minimums. Instead, we’ve taken pages from our other successful eating and drinking establishments such as the Village Pourhouse, Sidebar, and Vintage Irving, with offerings like pitchers of sangria and margaritas.” They’re pitching a happy hour concept from 5-7 p.m. I’m proud to say that Hudson Terrace was designed by my partner Marc Dizon.

The roof parties and a stop-start economy will get us through the heat of summer. An added value is that outdoor parties are generally blessed with quieter music, as sound travels and Manhattan gets more crowded by the minute. The music played in most clubs theses days — especially the clubs catering to these particular crowds — has stagnated. The isolation of Hudson Terrace and Jeffrey’s commitment to play it a little forward should educate a crowd to new tastes. Steven Greenberg’s 230 Fifth bans hip hop altogether in favor of mostly rock fare. This space is the highest-grossing joint in New York nightlife history. I know only a little about music made in this century, but I do know this: The crowds I DJ to these day are growing, and my CD collection isn’t. I play almost an entirely rock set, and there seem to be a lot more people interested in it than a year ago. Oh, if you want to hear me DJ or toss an egg or discuss clubdom, I’ll be at 38 Howard Street off Broadway tonight; I go on at 12:30 a.m., right after the bands.

Lydia Hearst & Crazy Eddie

So, I finally met Lydia Hearst — she was interning at BlackBook on Monday. I’m still on site at Webster Hall finishing it (something that may still take some time); the world is in turmoil when I get a “celebrity intern” messenger with a photog. I texted BlackBook and asked if I had to be nice; no one responded, so I was sort of nice.

Lydia smiled and I said, “We finally meet,” and reminded her that we did a charity event over at that bowling alley (Lucky Strike) but we were never actually introduced. “Oh yes!” she said, as if she remembered. Her publicist Alan Rish is probably smart to keep her away from people like me. I asked her what she was doing at BlackBook, why the intern thing, and she replied, “You know, the celebrity intern thing.” I asked her why not the celebrity soup kitchen thing, and she told me about her “upcoming work for hospitals around the world,” and well — I saw her differently than had been described. I asked her why I constantly saw her flipping off camera peeps, and she said she was “doing it to her best friend, not for the camera.” She seemed genuine and bright, and I’m so happy I met her.

We chatted about wallpapers and things like that, and the photog took pictures as she handed me an envelope that had a blank piece of paper in it. Then I started talking about Patty Hearst, she giggled, and Alan Rish yelled at me, and I pretended to be shocked. She asked me the name of the wallpaper designer I used at Webster Hall (Wook Kim), and I told her she could get it at Matter, that cool shop behind La Esquina. I told the heiress that it was “very expensive wallpaper,” and my assistant Nadeska shot me that look she uses to defray the advances of young men. I like Lydia Hearst; she laughed at all my little sarcasms and ignored her publicist long enough to gain my eternal favor.

On another note, my boy Mark Baker who runs Mansion called me up to tell me about his re-creation of the Crazy Eddie parties that used to bring out the best back in the day. Although I asked for details a dozen times, I only got some snippets from Mark’s assistant Emily. These circus-like events, which I recall being held at Irving Plaza (hey, if I’m wrong, I’m bound to get that call), were indeed the cat’s meow, with funhouse mirrors, crazy costumes, and I even recall a dunk-tank (although that could be wrong too). Anyway, a lot of old-school promoters turned owners and entrepreneurs are gathering tonight, Wednesday night, at Mansion. The only real facts about tonight’s event that stuck with me in all the rantings and ravings were that Lesly Bernard, Pascal, Michael James, and others who were around to remember that glorious promotion are devoting incredible energies and resources to make it so much fun tonight. Oh, and the Santa will be giving away vibrators or dildos to the women who sit on his lap. That’s pretty much how I met my second wife. And I also suggested that I DJ for a bit, as I’m old skool like that. Nobody got back to me. I guess they’re not that crazy.

UPDATE: I just heard from Pascal Sugar and here are the facts: ● Crazy Eddie lasted 70 weeks from 1990-1991 at Irving Plaza. ● Hex Hector was the resident DJ. ● They spent $3,000 per week (a lot of loot back then) creating a different theme. ● Indeed, a dunk tank (which had promoters and door-people in the wet seat) was once used. Pascal said, “People loved to pay five dollars to dunk them … the promoters were cocky, and the door-people assess, and nothing much has changed in 19 years.”

Lydia Hearst: Intern at Large

Yesterday, supermodel/heiress Lydia Hearst served as BlackBook intern, laboring on a variety of in-office and extramural activities. We had her review restaurants, shops, and bars for the BlackBook guides, but that was just the beginning. Lydia stuffed holiday gift boxes with guidebooks, then delivered them to friends and colleagues around the city via taxi and subway. We had to remind her to return the loaner Metrocard, as oddly enough, she didn’t have her own! Lydia even delivered a very important envelope to our beloved nightlife columnist Steve Lewis at Webster Hall, where he was recovering following an arduous redesign of the historic club. The envelope was actually empty, but we figured we’d reward Uncle Steve with some supermodel eye-candy after all the hard work he’s done for us this year (apparently he has a thing for youthful model types).


Though Lydia turned in a solid day of unpaid interning, she declined to come back today — something about a trip to Paris and “not being in town for the next few weeks.” Apparently, supermodels make great interns in the short term only. Even though she forgot extra Splendas for the coffees — fucking amateur! — we’re glad she graced us with her presence for the day. See the accompanying gallery of her internly adventures. And since no one escapes BlackBook’s clutches without adding to our collected wisdom, check out Lydia’s recommendations for having a good time worldwide.

New YorkPop Burger – “Impeccably trendy burger café with dark, retro vibe, private rooms for events, and to-die-for food. Sit with friends, have a bite and dance among the celeb set or get a burger and fries to go any time of day.” ● Patsy’s – “Celeb fave also a hit with discriminating food enthusiasts, been around since 1944.” ● Patricia Field – “Incredible, hip, chic shop packed with a mix of models, celebs and hipsters. A cult and edgy downtown landmark, filled with fresh fashion trends (thus inspiring Sex and the City) plus a salon below. A must-stop shop!” ● F.A.O. Schwartz – “Must see New York City. Famous place has hardly changed since its film debut in Tom Hanks’ classic kid flick Big. Much more than a store; it’s a bona fide attraction stuffed with every toy imaginable in larger than life sizes (or even pocket size). Check out the candy bar on the second floor, or pull up a stool at the milkshake café below with the entire fam.” ● Lil’ Frankies – “Simply irresistible Italian filled with locals, artist and bold names. Every dish from their custom-built brick oven is delectable, creative and reasonably priced. Start with Focaccino: pizza dough sliced in half, filled with creamy cheese and prosciutto, then baked with truffle oil drizzled on top. Trust me! Next, ordering your main course. Perfect place to bring a date or chill with friends without the hassle of reservations. Delivery and take-out if you feel like staying in.” ● Taschen – “One-of-a-kind art, fashion and design books. Famous for having published one of the biggest and most expensive books ever printed (GOAT – A Tribute to Muhammad Ali). Comfy reading chairs in the elegant, sleek Soho store are ideal for perusing a hard-to-find title. What’s on display is not necessarily all they have – ask their knowledgeable, friendly staff to check out more obscure tomes and rare prints.” ● Fisch for the Hip – “Stealth consignment shop that’s a well-kept secret among models, socialites and celebs. I won’t dare reveal their names (since many request special delivery and shopping hours) but this is one of the hottest shops in Manhattan. High quality, vintage, rare and seasonal treasures make it hard to believe the affordable prices. Loaded with upscale designer merchandise like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Nina Ricci and many more. Fret not: their staff is fully versed on the history of every individual piece and whether or not its been previously worn on or off the red-carpet.”

LondonThe Loft – “Incredibly unique shop in London’s Covent Garden. Famous among jet-setting, trendsetting crowd for buying and selling designer clothes and accessories for both men and women. Many of the pieces in the shop are one-of-a-kind and straight from the catwalks.” ● Westbourne House – “One of London’s trendiest places, seems inspired by a Manhattan loft — making New Yorkers feel right at home. Extremely elegant with contemporary, sophisticated vibe. Perfect for kicking-back and lounging with friends over spot-on signature cocktails.” ● The Champagne Bar at St. Pancras – “Must-stop London landmark, also the largest European champagne bar. Spot upper class society hobnobbing with a dram. Great people watching over the finest Champagnes and custom Champagne cocktails.” ● Harrods – “Harrods is enchanting. Whether working with personal shoppers or walking through the many corridors anything and everything can be found to satisfy even the most fickle of shoppers. And, the Egyptian escalator is NOT to be missed.” ● Rococo Chocolates – “Who can resist chocolate? These folks show their appreciation for the Aztec bean with decadent and savory treats like must-try chocolate ravioli.”

ParisKong – “Trendy, cutting edge Philippe Starck-designed stunner with a fabulous view overlooking the river Seine. Sex and the City fanatics will recognize it from the series finale.” ● Barrio Latino – “Four-story bar-resto famous pulsating Latin music. Classically decorated and fun for everyone.” ● Bar du Plaza – “One of the flashiest bars in Paris. Two seductive lounge areas filled with hotel guests, locals and celebs. Fabulous date place but also a choice friend hang out. Don’t miss custom cocktails and American-style jello shots … you’ll be back!”

Our New Intern: Lydia Hearst

UPDATE: See the report of Lydia’s day o’ interning, plus photo gallery.

Ever since Ryan Adams got promoted, our office has been crippled. Celebrity intern duties — showing up, performing menial tasks for the camera, blogging about it, et cetera — have ground to a halt. James Frey wouldn’t return our calls after he landed an internship at Gawker. Fortunately, today, supermodel super-heiress Lydia Hearst has stepped into the breach. Why, she’s done more intern work before 1 p.m. than most interns do before 2 p.m., and she’s not stopping anytime (real) soon. Full report tomorrow, but after the jump, more Lydia as Intern, plus more Lydia as Lydia.


As part of her intern resume, here we have a few supplementary shots of Lydia Hearst (by photographer Randall Slavin) originally published in our short-lived sibling publication Room100.