Saturday night, NYC saw the return rebirth of Pink Elephant, originally perched on w 27th st., now relocated to the West Village.
The reinvented night club dangles some clear changes from its original design such as a larger dance floor and a focus more so on cocktails rather than bottle service.
Pink Elephant version 2012 includes the "infinity room," a maze-like mixology bar, and cabaret lounge that’ll function as an event space while the smaller 200 person capacity allows owners David Sarner and Robert Montwaid to be more selective of their guests.
What are the first thoughts to go through your head when you see that special someone across dance floor, bar, subway bench, etc.? How their personality may be comparable to yours? What do they think about the book cover you keep flashing upwards toward them? Or are you the kind of mind that wanders straight to the bedroom? The whole process is fun and mysterious, sure, but how often are you wondering about all the sexually transmitted infections they may be harboring?
A new iPhone app called Chec-Mate now allows you to find out if the person you’ve been staring at all night is safe to bring home. For $1.99 all you have to do is register and upload a picture of yourself. You’ll have to bring yourself to a registered screening facility and be cleared ahead of time before Chec-Mate can be fully activated. Soon, all you have to do is find out if the person even has a profile to know what you’re getting yourself into.
Co-Founders Jessica Fafara and Kelly Bruce celebrated the launch of their new marketing and events company, New Regime Group, at the Gansevoort Park Rooftop on Tuesday night. The evening was sponsored by Absolut vodka, Mundial Sports Network, 4am, and Heineken. The musical lineup featured tunes by DJ Julian Cavin, a live performance by Bern & the Brights, followed by a guest DJ set by Blackbook's (and former Joonbugger!) Steve Lewis.
Check out New Regime Group at www.newregimegroup.com
I am fortunate to have a very close friend who has been prominent in the night club scene in London for many years now. Through him, as we grew up together, I got to discover a world that not many people get to see. I saw how the nightclubs ran, what it took to make them successful, I saw the glamour, and the grime behind them. I met some very odd, very scary, and very successful people. While we may all think we could run a successful night spot, there’s a reason why so few last, and even fewer are worth mentioning.
This past week, in conjunction with Mirrorball and Perrier, plans have been put into motion to create an online Nightlife Hall of Fame. The committee that has been assembled to choose the nominees for the first round of entrants is as impressive a repertoire of talents as any possible nominations. Sadly, there names will mean nothing to any but a select few people. Carmen d’Alessio, possibly the most successful party thrower and party goer of her generation is on the committee, along with Steve Lewis (manager of the Limelight in its hey-day and today's final world on all things nightlife), Nikki Camp, and a handful of other names that you won’t remember.
So, what happens when you mix all components of nightlife and put them
into one room? You get the Nightlife Preservation Committee Event at
M2! Last night was an amazing time. It was like an office holiday
party for all in nightlife. Club owners mingled with bloggers,
waitresses danced with doormen, and bottle hosts shmoozed with
investors. Chloe Sevigny hosted the event, rocking a “Free The
Beatrice” t-shirt, supporting her brother Paul Sevigny’s West Village
nightclub, Beatrice Inn. Steve Lewis, father of nightlife and
BlackBook contributor, greeted guests with a welcoming smile...
referring to each person as his "best friend."
It's a Thursday. I’m trying to get off the couch because it's already been a long week. Then, the incentive to get motivated comes in the form of a text message from Jessica White. Sport Illustrated models always get me motivated. She’s in town, bored and wants to hangout. My response? I’m in! She’s staying at the Standard Hotel. I offer to pick her up because I haven’t been there yet and I’m curious. The hotel lobby is small and there is a cute little bar that services the lobby. I’m sure there’s more to come. Mean while, Ms. White has me waiting 20 minutes. Jeez… I love it!
Okay. It’s true. Greenhouse, my latest haunt in Soho, opened with a lot of fanfare but probably opened a little late in the season, missing out on Diddy’s Election Day/ Birthday Party and not nearly in enough time to really get our grove before the holidays. But let me say, Greenhouse is now “the” NYC Hot Spot.
It hasn’t been easy. I won't get into the various inner sanctum minutia that drives me, and most that have integrity in this business, crazy, but I have other club owners call with threats about competing on “their” nights and “stealing promoters”. Crap like that from people with egos that are bigger than they should be. A sizable ego is a must for success in any industry but please… the bullshit from some in this business, as if any of us are the originators of the industry, is just showing your hand and highlights insecurities that wouldn’t otherwise be obvious. Well, not that obvious.