Where to Go Out This Week in New York + Brooklyn


Fundraiser for Robert Aaron, with The James Chance Collection and Ivan Julian, Dee Pop, Eric Klaastad and the Robert Aaron All Star Band featuring Phil Gammage, Kevin Tooley, Johnny Cement, Danny Ray and guests. Special Guest Eric Anderson and lots more at R Bar.
218 Bowery

Stolen Sleep and art show curated by Hash Halper. Live music by Adam Road.
25 Hudson Street.
7:30 PM

Deryck Todd Birthday Celebración at Bijoux, Tools and Jewels at Goldbar, starring Thorgy Thor with your Family Jewels: Shawn Paul Mazur, Bunny Von Lau, Victor Fraser, Mark Dommu, Skim Burley, Jake Bass,Grayson Squire and Taul Paul. Music from Sammy Jo and  Jeremy Pelser.
389 Broome Street

Conflicted Wednesdays with Nurvous Records collaborators Grass is Greener, featuring DJs SR SERGE and EBAR with Xander Oliver at The Raven.
55 Ganesvoort Street


PICK OF THE WEEK: The Set NYC presents: Fashion Night Out – Abolitionista Benefit to end human trafficking with fashion shows by Reverie, Snowman, and Hope by Joy Hu & Joe Liang. There will be fashion exhibitions by designers Sana Hashmat Couture, Clavon Leonard, Ceres Henry, Sheetal Khanna, Catherine Buckley, Phil Harris, Cool Geek Madness, Kate Wasserbach, and Samantha Cham and art exhibitions by Zuzanna Kozlowska, Luis Rosenfeld, Lindsay Risk, Chetna Singh, Kellyanne Lyman, Sylvia Nagy, Freedom Ladder, Gylliayn Art, Jaouad Artist, and dance video exhibition by Jessica Chen of J Chen Project & video artist Lee Milby.
Holy Apostles Ballroom
296 9th Ave, at 28th St.

CO-PICK OF THE WEEK: HOUSE OF O presented by Sloan Morgan with MC Paul Alexander celebrating designer Geoffrey Mac with performances by The Ones and Jamil LaBeija and DJ sets from Anita Sarko(Danceteria, Mudd Club, Palladium, Casey Spoone (fischerspooner) and William Francis. Dinner reservations HERE.
141 Chrystie Street
Party at 9PM

POPc, Philosophers’ Ontological Party club, in conjunction with John Avelluto’s Disintegrator exhibition at STUDIO10. An artist talk with John Avelluto.
Studio 10
56 Bogart Avenue, Brooklyn.

DJ Rekha Presents Basement Bhangra with DJ Petra at Le Poisson Rouge.
158 Bleecker Street

The Untitled Magazine celebrates the launch of The “Legendary” Issue 7 at No 8 hosted by Indira Cesarine and Phillip Bloch.
357 West 16th Street


FatherChris Presents his 22nd Annual Gemini Party with music by Grammy Award Winner, producer HEX HECTOR, Salsa Set from Eddie Batiz, Dj Steve Travolta, Manny Ward and The DJK, and more.  Live performances from Sabrina Johnston, Sandy B, Carol Williams of SALSOUL ORCHESTRA And Karen Bernard.
Remy 13
35 West 13th Street

Techno with DJs John Selway, Prozac and PJay TBA.
395 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

Feel The Spirit with a 7 hour set from Jellybean Benitez at the Union Square Ballroom.
27 Union Square West

“UPLIFTED” Liberate Recordings brings you “UPLIFTED RUNS BKLYN” at Frank’s Lounge, with music by Eman Clark and Bobby Morales.
660 Fulton Street and South Elliott Place, Brooklyn
10 PM


Spekdrum with DJs Kevin Saunderson and Christian Smith at Sankey’s.
129 West 36th Street

Be Yourself with DJ Danny Tenaglia and in the Panther Room DJs Silent Servant (Official) [Downwards/ Jealous God LA], The Black Madonna [Argot], Datkat [Analog Soul] and Jacky Sommer [Analog Soul].
74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

DJ Jonathan Peters plays Classics at the Liberty Theatre.
233 West 41st Street

Rachel Landry and Terry Casey present Fauncy with DJs Walter Vee and Eli Escobar at Slake.
251 West 30th Street


Exit the Butcher Shop- Outdoor Beef 3 with Carlos Chiesa – Beef Crew, Henry Valerio – Beef Crew and Surprise DJ Guest.

DKDS – Safer At Night at Paper Box 17.
Meadow Street, Brooklyn.
1PM to 4AM


Mobile Monday’s with Blazing 45’s Danny Holloway hosted by Miss Rebecca and SNKR Joe.
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery


Susanne Bartsch presents On top at The Satandard Hotel Highline with Amanda Lepore and Joey Aria.
444 West 13th Street

Frankie Sharp presents WestGay at Westway.
25 Clarkson


A Burst of Good News in Nightlife

This year, I have sadly written too many obituaries for too many people whom I loved or impacted my life—so it’s great to report some good news. First off, some brilliant news: Patty Doria has had a beautiful baby girl named Petra. Patty was a bartender for me back in the day, but then turned to promotion at NYC’s top clubs. She moved to Los Angeles with most of my friends and family where she secured the position of Manager at the super chic Chateau Marmont. Filmmaker Peter Bragiel is the proud father. This may portend travel to LA, that’s how much this means to me.

On another happy note, Roger Parenti has married married Amy Tribbey. Roger was a door person at many legendary clubs, including Studio 54, Xenon, Au Bar, Red Parrot, Tatou and Club USA. He was always a gentleman and absolutely one of the nicest people in this business. Congrats all around.

I also got a peak at Pacha honcho Rob Fernandez’s youngin’ in a picture posted on Facebook. The world seems fresh and anew. Old friend of mine Bethann Hardison was honored last night with the CFDA’s Founders Award. Her Diversity Coalition works to racially diversify the models used in Fashion Week.

Another reason to be cheerful, my friend Claire Reilly-Roe will perform tonight at a #CuddleBear EP Release event. It’s at the Bitter End (149 Bleecker Street). Entry is free with a donation of a cuddly stuffed animal donated to the kids’ charity Toys for Hope. You also get a download of the #CuddleBear EP. I will celebrate all of this with a cocktail (yes, I can) on the roof of the Standard Hotel Highline (444 West 13th Stree) as Susanne Bartsch opens her season of On Top. It’s a great room with a great view and a great crowd. What more can you want?

I just realized we are in June. My landlord reminded me. June is full of celebrations. It is Dairy Month and Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. It’s also National GLBT Pride Month, and we will be at many events honoring Pride towards the end of the month. It’s also Celibacy Awareness Month. We’ll see how that works out.

Main image via Paper Magazine, photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

Summer in the City: Rooftops on Weekends

I’m sorry if I’m taking it slow these days. I am distracted by spring and its tidings—walking puppies and admiring gardens and picnics occupy my days. On Friday night I zipped out to Coney Island to enjoy Candy Apples from Williams, a hot dog from Nathan’s Famous, and a toe in the ocean. The dogs loved the characters on the boardwalk. Nightlife seems a far away poor relation. No one I know is talking about going out. However, this column doesn’t chat about flowers and birds and puppies and such, but with the what to do and where to do it in nightlife.

The warmth and romance of spring has us looking for places to breathe as we take it all in. Thankfully, Le Bain at The Standard Highline is open for the season and we don’t need to know what is going on as long as we can gaze upon our world from that roof. Somehow that view makes us all understand what it means to be alive. But there are indeed things going on up there. For instance, tonight the wonderful Music, Maestro, Please will achieve new heights. It started in the basement of subMercer, a dark familiar boîte that always fulfilled me. Now DJs By Such and Such and Jennifly will celebrate their lofty success. Musically, it’s a mix of dance floor sounds from London to NYC and it starts nicely at 7pm. I’ll be there tonight and tomorrow for the Susanne Bartsch season premier of On Top. Le Bain, Top of The Standard, Highline is the best place in town…period.

Of course, a great deal of the population has headed out to beach towns and woodsy alternatives, but for many, the weekend city seems fresher without them. There’s room to move and reservations are easy. People in clubs seem genuinely pleased to see you. The outdoors is exciting people on Sundays at Revel (10 Little West 12th), where Richie Romero and friends are killing it. People I know enjoyed the Maine Squeeze, a cleverly named Lobster bake, every Sunday on the roof of Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow Street) at 6pm. The Ganesvoort Hotels are bumping with their pools and hot crowds. Rooftop 48 (605 West 48th Street) is even threatening to bring me in to DJ. The Wythe Hotel has some Williamsburg/Greenpoint natives looking down at others—in many ways, a trend that is redefining the neighborhood once again. For an afternoon outside table at Five Leaves (18 Bedford Avenue) you’ll probably need to make a reservations days in advance. There are a hundred promotions promising drink specials and sunset serenades; my favorite is 230 Fifth Avenue, which boasts the “Best Heated Rooftop Bar/Club/Restaurant In NYC” because they know that the 1,250 foot high phallic Empire State Building won’t be enough to warm you up .

If you still like a club experience without the wind and the moon but with plenty of stars, then opt for tonight’s birthday bash for Carmelo Anthony at Up & Down (244 West 14th Street). The Monday night Blackout party is all the rage and tonight figures to be off the hook.

Main image via Le Bain

Where to Go Out This Week in New York + Brooklyn


Trip the Lights Fantastic Artist Group Show, curated by former door guru Natalie Kates featuring art from Chad Gordon, Claw Money, Jordan Eagles, Jordan Tunrer, Leslie Jimenez, Norma Markley, and more.

The Highline Loft Gallery, 508 West 26th street, 5th floor

The LuCent doSsieR Experience,on their national tour.
Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street

HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? Screenings and multi-media
905 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 2nd Floor

Demetria Songs presents Beats with DJs Seth Misterka (Dynasty Electric), Carlos Duran and Steve Lewis (me).
Hotel Chantelle
92 Ludlow Street


PICK OF THE WEEK: NYC Legends featuring DJs Johnny Dynell & Justin Strauss (A/JUS/TED & Whatever/Whatever) and Andy Pry (TIKI Disco).
Cameo Gallery
93 N6th Street, Brooklyn
11:59 PM

$1000 Bikini Contest at Wet Fridays. 50,00 Square feet sand beach, BBQ, cabana with DJ Chris Bachman. Boat docking available.
Surf City
1 Martin Blvd, Jersey City

Toca NYC’s Blue Skies 4 Year Anniversary with DJs Steve Tek Gonzalez and Manny Freytes.
18 Little West 12th Street


Bushwick Open Studios group show with Devin Bazemore, Dexter Ciprián, Lauren Genutis, David Hollier, Kurt Knobelsdorf,Eli Livingston, more.
Myrtle Light Studios, 1533 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
Noon till 7PM

Opening of “Room 7609,” the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel with Dj Alex Lauterstein.
700 Fifth Avenue

Culprit’s 5th Anniversary with DJs Droog, Mathias Tanzmann, Lee Curtis, Matt Tolfrey, Jozif and Justin Jay.
Verboten, 54 N 11th Street, Brooklyn


Fuzipop, a dance party for kids.
Pink Elephant, 40 W 8th Street

Karikatura-Eyes Wide record release party with Los Hacheros and DJ Cristo Selektah.
Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery


Showtune Mondays presented by Tony Fornabaiowith Mistress Formika Jones.
Atlas Social Club
753 Ninth Avenue


Susanne Bartsch’s Opening Night of On Top at the Top of the Standard Hotel (Highline) with Michael Musto and Darian Darling and much more. Music by W Jeremy and Amber Valentine.
444 West 13th Street


If You Must Go Out Tonight…

Do you really have to go out tonight? Three day weekends have me needing a break—few of us relaxed, as we exploited a smidgeon of summer after that brutal winter. It was BBQs and traffic, napkins in the air nightlife, and so much fun and sun. So I’m going to tell you to stay home tonight, but you won’t listen. For many “tonight” makes the day bearable, which I understand, and now I’ll throw some suggestions at you.

Tonight, try BINGO with Linda Simpson at Cibar Lounge (56 Irving Place between 17th and 18th). They have a happy hour and food, you don’t have to move around too much, and it’s right off Union Square. If you opt to stay in tonight, then you can BINGO with Linda tomorrow and the marvelous Murray Hill at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (5214 Union Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn).

If you are still crazy after all these years and need to dance or strut your stuff tonight, try Deryck Todd’s STRUT at Acme (9 Great Jones Street). DJ AndrewAndrew will make you move, and hosts Kariem Shaboogiedrop, Lucas Ege Mautner, David Peters, Thomas Bistritz, Chase Compton, Cameron Cooper and Mark Dommu will bring out those who can’t stay home.

Laura Holden, Gina Martynova, and Bjorn DelaCruz bring us Suspended Animations at Lit Lounge (93 2nd Avenue).  DJ Virginaire offers Duo, deep house, nu disco, original beats, collective death conscious, dance routines and pretty little things. This week’s theme is “transitions,” and art house flicks will time with the music.

Lisa Gutting will close her exhibition of new paintings at Teddy’s Bar and Grill (96 Berry Street, Brooklyn). It’s close to home and they do serve the best brownies in town. It’s a good night to catch the just extended Clowns Syndrome with Lady Bunny at la Escuelita Caberet Theatre (301 West 39th Street). I mean if you’re desperate to go out.


Remembering Those We Have Lost

Memorial Day weekend is here and therefore the start of the summer for club types. As a large part of this world retreats to vacation or second homes, clubs must scramble to fill the void. Weekends can be slow or not up to standards as the A-listers are throwing napkins in the air in places like the Hamptons, Montauk, or Bali. Snowbirds will migrate north from Florida or zip in from California as the weather becomes tolerable, while monied Central and South Americans enjoy our town. Europeans with less hectic work regimes will soon close down shop and vacation here. Clubs with international profiles and solid press representations will reap the rewards of this migration. Those who opened too late or saved money on publicists will suffer. The summer can be wilting.

Memorial Day is a Federal holiday meant to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. While we scoot off to Summer fun we must remember those who secured our freedoms.

The limited scope of this column is nightlife, but this has been a particularly rough year on this small pond with many notables moving on to eternity. I won’t remember everyone, but here is a list of club notables that we lost in recent memory, or at least my recent memory. I’m just going to name names. If you are interested most were talked about in detail in this column or have a world wide web footprint to help you remember. In no particular order I honor the memory of Frankie Knuckles, Lee Blumer, Deborah Orlando (Dee Nice), H.R. Giger, Leee Black Childers, Derek Neen, Michelle Savoia, Rene Ricard, Debi Marino, Detective Chris Strucker, Mark Levanthal, Marty Thau, Portia LeBeija, Codie Ravioli, Genghis Genghis and Peter Bill. I’m sure I have forgotten some, please contact me and remind me… correct me.

It is also a time to remember some who passed over the years. Many of these people keep popping up in tributes or stories that remind us of their eternal influence: Larry Levan, Steve Rubell, Haoui Montaug, Arthur Weinstein, Leigh Bowery, Andy Warhol, The International Crysis, Peter Rauhofer, Ruth Polsky and Angel Melendez remain in my thoughts. Unfortunately as I reflect I am reminded of many more.

Enjoy the long weekend. Drive safe, drink responsibly, remember those who served and those who influenced and hug someone you love.

Main image via The Pie Shops

Where to Find Steve Lewis This Weekend

With everything I have said and done in the last few weeks, it has been suggested that I might get whacked by evildoers posing as good Samaritans. Being an accommodating kind of guy, I will aid and abet those that wish me ill by telling them and you where I will be this weekend. Tonight I will, without a doubt, attend The 2nd Annual Asian Burlesque Spectacular. Calamity Chang is one of my favorite people on this planet and a gifted artist. She co-produced this spectacular with Sukki Singapora. I caught up with Calamity yesterday and she told me about the importance of portraying “Asian sexuality in a light different than the strereotypical Geisha, masseuse, or hooker.” I plan on discussing this in great depth with somebody tonight. She also told me this party will be amazing! It will all take place at Drom (85 Avenue A) starting at 7 p.m.

If for some unheard of reason you cannot attend you can catch Calamity’s act and production work at The 12 Annual New York Burlesque Festival in September.

Although I am not an EDM head —  in fact it gives me a headache — friends are swearing I will have a blast at Marquee (289 10th Avenue) tonight. Well, I do remember that a blast makes everything alright so I will be checking out Sleepy&Boo with special guests and Vanjee + Nadav Vee. I will then load up the truck and head to Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 East 14th Street) for a decidedly different sound and crowd. There it is Rockabilly X with Barry Ryan, Joey D, Mike Larocka and yes… special guests. Probably different special guests than Marquee. If I’m still alive (literally) I will head back to Brooklyn and Cherrybomb at The Flat (308 Hooper Street). I’m there for DJ Haruka Salt who will join Smurfo doing a birthday set and NIRE, Will Gates, and Chad Dubz. There are a zillion hosts and Mc Cakes da Killa and a performance by Tiombe Lockhart.

Saturday morning I will count my blessings, my fingers toes and other body parts and prepare to attend two undeniable events. Jonathan Toubin brings his schtick back to Brooklyn after an English and west coast adventure. NY Night Train Soul Clap Dance Off has Jonathan spinning, wheeling and dealing 45RPM tracks that blow up the dance floor like no other. At 1 a.m. the dance contest begins with special guest DJ Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum. Light Asylum has the hottest track on my dance floors with Dark Allies. This bash will be at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue).

Then I’m off to BangOn! NYC Danger Zone romp at a secret warehouse space. If I don’t go Emily Bachman told me she would kill me. I told her to get in line.

There’s 20,000 square feet on two levels, multiple stages, startling visuals…you get the idea. This and Carmine’s Pizza are why I live in Brooklyn.

On Sunday, I hope I have survived to see who doesn’t on Game of Thrones. Not to miss it I’ll go out early in the day to Rooftop 48 (605 West 48th Street) and the launch of Sunset Discotheque with DJ sets by Midnight Magic followed by Eli Escobar and then the legendary Tony Humphries. If I survive all this and GOT then it’s off to Cielo for Anthony Lamont’s birthday function. There, DJ Hex Hector will take me to tomorrow.

Derek Neen, Gatekeeper at Beige, Roxy, Passes

Derek Neen, a gentleman, all around good guy, and veteran door person, passed last Friday in Vancouver. Derek was the gatekeeper at Bowery Bar’s Beige which ran for 17 years until its closing in 2011. He also had a long run at the door of the Roxy. Roxy manager Morgan McClean remembers:

“In the early ‘90s through mid 2007, Derek took the lead and supported my efforts to keep Roxy an exciting and fun nightclub without ruining the party with unruly drug dealers. When Mayor Giuliani began his assault on the nightlife industry, Derek made my job much easier by controlling the door down to every last person of our 2400-person capacity. Sound Factory, Tunnel, and Twilo were closed by the city while Roxy remained open. Derek was my friend and a truly insightful nightlife leader. I will miss him very much.”

Derek took his job seriously. He guarded the “good time” with an eye on the money. A familiar face at the door is always welcome as regulars and the smart set club and bar hop. He always greeted me with a broad smile and an accurate assessment of what I would find inside. He greeted my guests like old friends. He was dapper and witty. The door was his baby, his responsibility, and he took it seriously. Fellow door guru James Savage offered:

“I was very fortunate that I was the only person he trusted with his door at Roxy when he went on holiday. That’s when I really started to know the key players in the gay club scene after working in the straight scene for so long.”

Derek died at his own hand. A friend who had seen him a week before said:

“He was deported back to Canada. I saw him last week as he was heading to the gym we often met at for coffee, and talked about New York and how he missed living there and now that when the weather here in Vancouver cleared up he was looking forward to heading over to Wreck Beach.”

Derek’s friend told me he and Derek’s sister knew that Derek had been depressed for some time.

I got in touch with Derek’s sister Kim, and she sent me this:

“We appreciate all the kind words and loving comments about Derek. You can thank all those who have reached out to us. It is great to hear

the stories people have of their times with him. This is very difficult for us and all those who loved him. He was a very smart, witty, talented, stubborn and proud man! He had overcome many obstacles over the years to get him to New York and the find success that he did. We are so sad that he has left us. He loved and missed NYC. We are very proud of him.”

Jonathan Schwartz Strategic Group Partner

Jonathan Schwartz is a partner at Strategic Hospitality Group, the biggest thing since sliced bread in nightlife. Jonathan will be celebrating his birthday this Thursday, May 15, at Lavo, NYC (39 West 58 Street). Vice will DJ, Politik as well, and there will be special guests. It’s called Lavopalooza. Strategic Group is, of course, the driving force behind Marquee NYC, Vegas, Australia and Lavo NYC, Vegas, Tao Vegas and Uptown and Downtown NYC, and Avenue and Artichoke Pizza…the list goes on. When someone over there wants to tell you how it’s done, you should listen. I caught up with Jonathan Schwartz and he told me all about it.

You’re a year older—any wiser? What have you learned this year?

This year I learned, and am still learning, on how to be a leader. Over the past few years, I feel like I fine-tuned my skill set in hospitality as an individual, and now I’m looking to not only be wiser myself, but also learn how to become a better leader and give in the workplace. Having said that, I’m still learning everyday from the people around me, and I hope they can learn something from me each day too. I think the industry changed three years ago when music became the driving force as to where and when people choose to go out and how “hard” they go out.  This model still seems to be the recipe for what people want in a nightclub experience, maybe even more so then ever, along with, of course, an amazing guest experience, both as a walk up, or a guest sitting at a table.  Energy is the overall key; without energy in a room, the experience is flat. This is why I think rooms like Marquee NY, LAVO NY, and Avenue NY really flourish. In their own way, they all have the “going off” energy that make for a fun party!

Whats going on at the party?

So this Thursday is really my 4th annual Birthday Bash at LAVO NY.  We are celebrating on Thursday, May 15th, with some of my favorite DJs. This party has become a pre-summer ritual for many a this point, each year growing more and more its an amazing collection of friends, my Tao group/Strategic family, and other great people in the hospitality industry. Really looking forward to this years LAVOPALOOZA, it should be amazing.

Is the industry changing or do the same needs and systems keep working? 

I forget who, but i remember someone once telling me that, “nightlife is a young man’s game.” I will never forget this saying. I also remember Andrew Goldberg saying, “We are only as good as our team and our product, we are lucky.”  I think with the venues we have worked hard to create, along with an amazing network of friends who are forever referring me to amazing new young people, and the phenomenon of social media, I won’t have a problem connecting with the next generation of people out and about here in NYC.

The endless party, the every night there is something you must do, want to do—do you look forward to the night still or love the day off?

We live for the night, but we make it all happen by day. I still love going out, I love music, so being in the club is still very much so enjoyable. I love EDM, hip hop, and really most music. Luckily, we have an amazing portfolio of venues, so each night out I can get a different experience and keep it fresh. The best part of the night though, is seeing the time, the effort, and the work we put in during the day come to fruition at night.

How does the ever-expanding Brooklyn scene effect your marketing strategies?

Brooklyn seems to be its own beast. I don’t really see the expansion of Brooklyn having an impact on what we do here in NYC.  I think the projects in Brooklyn are super funky and fun, but I think ultimately what we do ( Strategic/ Tao group) is a different experience for the most part, with the exception of our cool tech/deep house night at MARQUEE NY that may have some of the DJs you might find in Brooklyn (such as Claude Von Stroke, Guy Gerber, Marco Carola, Claptone, and more).

What are your summer plans?

Summer plans for me at this point are pretty wide-open.  After spending 10 seasons in the Hamptons, last summer I spent my first in NYC for the most part, and was actually shocked with how many other people did the same. NYC always has amazing people coming though in the summer and is an unrated place to be. I see myself splitting the summer spending time in New York City, Las Vegas , Hamptons, and July 4th weekend at Surf Lodge, Ibiza for one week, and hopefully work in the the Brazil for the World Cup.