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Vikram Chatwal's latest venture, the Dream Downtown, opened it's doors last night. The three levels were packed with a smattering of celebs like Leonardo Dicaprio, Justin Bartha, and Amar'e Stoudemire; nightlife types like Richie Rich, Mia Moretti, and Wass Stevens; and your run of the mill scenesters who partook in the open bar, mingled amongst performers dressed in a variety of costumes, and checked out the PH-D Rooftop Lounge, Marble Lane restaurant, and The Beach.
The turnout was great with three levels open and so packed it was hard to maneuver. It also created, at least for me, an intense sense of FOMO (fear of missing out). While on the first floor, I couldn't help but think that maybe the second floor was better. Once on the second floor, I found it hard to fully embrace the moment because something great could be happening on the rooftop at Noah Tepperberg's club, PH-D.
I was saved from having to make that decision since the line for the elevator up was far too long. Word is Lady Gaga-ish girls and fire throwers performed on the adjacent rooftop of the presidential suite to entertained the special guests.
And there were certainly plenty of those. High-profile guests included: Shanae Grimes, Kelly Rutherford, Maxwell, Eve, Charlotte Ronson, Jessica White, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tika Sumpter, Stavros Niarchos, Vito
Schnabel, Tyson Beckford, Amar'e Stoudemire, Ann Dexter- Jones, Andrew & Andrew, Andrew Saffir, Carmelo Anthony, Christian Siriano, insurance commercial guy Dean Winters, and Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet.
The Beach was far less crowded and less hot than the lower level and allowed guests to enjoy the nice weather and the nicotine-addicted to imbibe while smoking. The circles in the bottom of the pool are glass and let those in the lobby look up into the water.
Performers scattered around the area. A woman dressed in a silver armor costume took a tool* (*listen-I'm sure it has a name, but I'm not very handy. It's big, it had a saw thing on the end. Use your best imagination) and pushed against the metal part of her costume sending shoots of light flying, becoming a human sparkler. Women dressed as mermaids sat by the edge of the pool and two sea creatures with glowing light antennae swam back and forth. There were also women covered in mirrors and in melting wax.
This guest jumped in the pool with her dress on and swam/floated around for some 20 minutes. While she looks lovely and Ophelia-esque in this shot, in life it was slightly more uncomfortable due to the fact that she did not seem to be wearing underwear. Cue the beaver in the water jokes. Wonder where her friends are and be thankful you're not anywhere near being that hammered.
But that was the kind of party it was. Lots of drinking, lots of people, dancing on tables, jumping in pools, and letting loose. In other words: it was the ultimate club opening. As such, there was plenty of celeb spotting:
Kirstie Alley, Tyson Beckford
And nightlife types:
Sunday, May 19
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.