The Best Places to Watch the NYC Fireworks

Here at BlackBook, we take Independence Day pretty seriously. Not only is it a national holiday, but it’s also the only summer day we have off from work, thus presenting a wonderful excuse to indulge all day outside on charred, ketchup-drenched burgers, icy American beers, and semi-cheesy red/white/blue apparel. We’ve put together a list of our top five favorite places to witness that spectacular view of the fireworks and have a holiday that you won’t be able to stop thinking about the next day. 

‘Never Sleep Alone’: Get Tickets and Get Laid at Tomorrow’s Last Show

In our obsession with shows about sex, singles, and ways of helping singles have sex, it is with great sadness that we announce this season’s final performance of Never Sleep Alone this Friday (tomorrow). Yes, we are in fact talking about that New York Times-acclaimed show that helps singles hook-up (evidence provided). And since each show sells out before you can even say “but I’ve been involuntarily chaste,” get your tickets today so you can get laid tomorrow.

Watch hot sexual psychologist and music therapist Dr. Alex Schiller perform sex-infused pop songs, dispense golden advice from her book Get Laid or Die Trying, and encourage mingling and on-stage make outs between all the rows and legions of single people in attendance. If you’re feeling timid or you’re with a date, just sign up for the more expensive “voyeur” seat in the back and watch the action unfold while you wish you were single again.

The last show is happening at the usual spot: Joe’s Pub at 9:30pm. And a ticket includes free access to NSA’s after-party, which is at a secret and always-sexy location. DO NOT miss the after-party. Trust us. It just might be the last time you’ll ever hook-up.

Until Friday, September 14 at 9:30pm, of course! When Never Sleep Alone returns to Joe’s Pub and our nether regions do a little dance. 

Men’s SS11: Tattoos, Chokers & Gold Lips

If you thought crop-tops and jeggings for men were a mistake on the recent SS11 runways, just wait until you get a load of the accessories. Marc Jacobs covered his Louis Vuitton models in temporary tattoos, which were a staple at the women’s Gaultier and Chanel show last season. Jacobs enlisted his own tattoo artist, NYC-based Scott Campbell, to spray LV logos across the necks of his mannequins. The tattoo trend continued over at YSL, where Stefano Pilati “portrayed the tattoo artist Mark Mahoney of the Los Angeles Shamrock Social Club in a short film, directed by Ari Marcopoulos, which debuted at its men’s show last week,” says the Independent. Also fixated on the male neck was Alber Elbaz at Lanvin.

Elbaz introduced thick chain chokers (some equipped with over-sized gems, some with tiger teeth) and charms fit for a decidedly fierce Indiana Jones. And while luxury neck ink and statement jewelry isn’t for every man, Thom Browne took men’s accessories to a whole new level of weird this past week. In addition to slim tailored short suits, Browne introduced school girl knee-socks and lips that looked as though they’d been plated in gold. Never one to play it safe, Browne’s latest collection pushes menswear’s boundaries yet again.