There is a new movie about Limelight, the Dutch finally opens, beer gets a classy makeover, midtown bar owners hate homeless people, Diddy gets special treatment to get to da club, vodka that taste like a cupcake and more! Today's nightlife roundup is really excited it finally stopped raining.
1. "Limelight" Delves Into The Heyday Of Peter Gatien, Legendary Nightclub Owner [GofG]
This past Friday, Billy Corben premiered his latest movie, Limelight, as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Limelight documents the rise and fall of Peter Gatien, the legendary nightclub owner who arguably became a scapegoat in Giuliani’s New York mid 90’s drug wars. Afterward guests hit the Bowery Hotel where we spoke with Jen Gatien, Peter's daughter and a producer of the film, and Steve Lewis, legendary NYC nightlife figure.
2. The Dutch Soho Opens [TheFeast]
Andrew Carmellini's long-awaited Soho restaurant The Dutch made its debut at 11 P.M. The Feast has some great pics.
Eleven Madison Park is collaborating with Brooklyn Brewery to change the way we think of beer. It's no longer just for the ballgame or barroom but part of the upscale dining experience.
“The role of beer in fine dining needs to change,” says Eleven Madison Park general manager Will Guidara. “Restaurants of our caliber always focus on wine but we’re also intensely focused on cocktails, coffee, tea and right now we’re amidst a full-on beer onslaught.”
Bar owners in Midtown are complaining about homeless people who are harrasing their customers and faking injuries and other maladies to gain sympathy from patrons.
"They aggravate everyone, you push them away and they come back. It's like the tide," said Andrew Impagliazzo, owner of the Blarney Stone on Eighth Avenue between 30th and 31st streets.
One infamous panhandler has a well-choreographed routine in which he alternates between using a wheelchair, fake crutches and an oxygen tube hanging from his face but not connected to any tank.
6. Diddy Gets To The Party By Police Escort [PageSix]
On Friday night Diddy was set to be helicoptered to New Jersey for a whopping $75,000 appearance at Club 4 Sixty 6, following his concert at Hammerstein Ballroom. The FAA did not clear his plans in time so his wishes were met in a different way, a police escort "service" to get him through traffic. He got three NYPD squad cars with additional New Jersey cops at the venue. This is just how Diddy rolls.
7. Paz de La Huerta Manages To Behave Herself At A Bar [Gatecrasher]
If Paz de la Huerta does not get drunk and expose her nipples at a bar and no one is their to hear does she make a sound? Does it happen? Of course not.
The troubled actress, who was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly attacking Samantha Swetra in a bar brawl, arrived at the Anchor Bar in SoHo with a male companion, and after taking pictures with fans at the American Express-sponsored bash, headed to the back of the room to greet Kelly and Jack Osbourne."
8. Cupcake Vodka: Live Deliciously? [Gothamist] Being that most people's two favorite things are booze and things that make them fat, cupcake vodka is sure to be a hit. It comes in four flavors—Original, Devil's Food, Frosting and Chiffon. Could it be as good as whipahol? [The Best Guests Come Bearing Gifts: Whipahol, The Next Four Loko]