St. Patrick’s Day Soirèe Saturday at Yotel, Steven Greenberg’s Memorial Service Next Tuesday

Look, I hope you won’t be insulted if I keep this short today. I am way too busy to chat or be profound or funny or whatever it is I am doing these days. I got to get to the 17 Stanton space, formerly called The Elsinore, to finish up with the construction so you guys can go oooh and ahh or say …"What in God’s name was he thinking?" According to Scott Solish at Eater yesterday, nobody cares, but sometimes he is a little left of right. I read his take on my column yesterday and noticed just a little error…a right when he should have gone left. He said that Noel Ashman had changed the name. In reality, the name was changed over Noel’s strenuous objections. This will play out, as revelers attend the space and play with tables and bottles and other toys. Seventeen Stanton has a new name, which will be seen and heard sometime in the next few days. The place is almost ready. It feels good-to-go. After this writing and the day-job designing, I’m off to Hotel Chantelle to DJ with Sam Valentine and Michael Tee and a slew of others.. I’ll get home at 6am-ish. I was up at 7am, so it’s a 23-hour day for me. I figure I’ll get all the sleep I need in 20 or 30 years.

Saturday I will don the green tie and attend the Saint Patricks Day soirèe my two favorite Patricks are throwing at Yotel. Mr. Patrick Duffy and Mr. Patrick McMullan and son Liam will be hosting. Liam will DJ, along with the Justin (O)Strauss. I’m not a big fan of the day and even less of the night, which is often ruined by people who have been drinking all day, well …er …since 1995. The "no gays" in the parade thing is a disgrace and…well, I’m in a hurry. I asked Patrick Duffy a few Steve Lewis questions. He gave me Patrick Duffy answers.
 
Tell me about this year’s St. Patrick Day festivities.
We are doing it at the Yotel! We have taken over the space for the night. Liam is going to DJ along with Justin Strauss. We are having a private dinner for Patrick, Liam and I, and our best friends..then a massive party for everyone!
 
Which of you is the most Irish? McMullan or you?
Hard to say! I know we all have the luck of the Irish! Patrick and Liam are sweet, charming, and so much fun! I hope I am too! We are calling ourselves the Holy Trinity for the evening Father (Patrick McM) Son (Liam) and Holy Ghost (guess who).
 
For those that are clueless or who live under rocks, tell them who you are and what you do.
 I am Patrick Duffy, I do Patrick Duffy things.
 
For years, gay people have been denied the opportunity to parade with the rest of the flock. Who wins on this, who loses, and how does that affect you inside?
The world loses. (Most) gays make the world a better place – the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so to speak. At least the ones I know!
 
Growing up, when did you feel that you might skew different from the rest? When, if ever, did you stray from the pack and the traditional values?
I was born with heels on and a martini in hand. Didn’t have many friends at Catholic school, accept for some other members of the congregation.  
 
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In sadder news, a memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 20th for my dearly departed friend and mentor Steven Greenberg. I can’t believe he is gone. I will gather with the other disbelievers and believers at Park East Synagogue 163 East 67th Street to remember him. A close friend of Steven consoled me with this thought, "He lived to help put people together." He’s doing it again.

Eater Redesigns & Eats Down by the Hipster, Goes National

A guy with a name like Lockhart Steele is bound to make some big moves every once in a while. Today, seminal service industry gossip blog Eater came out with both (A) a swift new redesign, (B) went national, and most interestingly (C) the announcement that Curbed Media — owners of Eater — has acquired Down By the Hipster, the nightlife/service industry gadfly blog run by Scott Solish. Scott’s now on Eater’s masthead as their “Nightlife Editor.” Lockhart says: “DBTH will lay fallow.” This is, as they say, a game changer. That said, the inside baseball of this will only be interesting to, like, five people. A little history:

Solish used to work for Curbed Media back in the day. Sometime after his stint, he started blogging DBTH anonymously, until a rivalry between Eater’s Ben Leventhal and DBTH broke out. Leventhal outed Solish as DBTH, and Josh Ozersky wrote about it at Grub Street. Then: Leventhal ends his tenure as Eater’s executive editor and ends up doing some work for Grub Street at New York Magazine. Amanda Kludt takes Leventhal’s place. And now, I have no idea exactly what the hell Leventhal’s doing, because he just ran the aforementioned NYC resto list on Eater today, along with a post you’ll read about below. Is Ben back for good?

It gets even more ridiculous. Solish’s competish — Rachelle Hruska’s Guest of a Guest — who he used to share a major beef with — was quoted in her New York Times profile and us about Lockhart being one of the first people she sought advice from in New York. I wrote about Hruska on my weekend gig for Gawker, which pissed her off to no end and prompted her to call my writing “shoddy” and imply that I was the reason journalism was fucked (possibly true). We’re since cool. Hruska’s mentor and divine inspiration is our own nightlife columnist, Steve Lewis. Meanwhile, BlackBook’s Content Czar of Death — “Chris Mohney” — used to supervise Eater’s Amanda Kludt at Gridskipper, before becoming the managing editor at Gawker, before he came to BlackBook. Then: Gawker sold Gridskipper to Lockhart Steele, who used to work at Gawker as the Grand Moff Tarkin to Nick Denton’s Darth Vader (I still believe Denton answers to an emperor of bloggy doom named Andrew Krucoff, who, don’t get me started). Did I mention that our Fashioneer blogger, Alisa Gould-Simon, runs Gridskipper for Steele, which was Mohney’s first paid blogging gig?

If you ever had any question about how insular and circlejerky the New York media actually is, it should be answered by this point. Every snake-eats-tail media conspiracy you’ve ever heard is basically true. And now, Eater’s going live with a national blog and offering $25 to anybody who’ll shut their food blog down and post their notice, which some charity blogs have already done*. I need to lie down.

Congratulations to all parties involved, but especially for Solish, who turned his gadfly blog into a legit gig (even though he probably could’ve begged Lock for one and gotten it anyway), and to Steele for expanding the empire. I’m an Eater fan, and you should be, too. It’s fun writing and they get great scoops. But read us before them because if you don’t give us traffic, we’ll kill you, or find someone to beat you at the door of Avenue with the shiny end of a velvet rope. Thanks. In the mean time, to celebrate Eater’s expansion, we made our own tweaked tribute to their DOH notice. Since we’re not totally a food blog nor are we going anywhere, Ben and Lock can take their $25 and stick it up Cory Lane’s* ass. Mazel, guys.

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*Google it.