NYC Nightlife: Everything You Need To Know Wednesday

by Ross Kenneth Urken · February 23, 2011

A swanky midtown hotel gets "quickie" rates, Mary-Kate Olsen parties at Lavo with her new beau, and Don Hill's gets in touch with vaudeville. Also, your favorite brunch place was a bread line back in the day, and the Cooper Square Hotel has a confounding installation. And will Andre Balazs open The Standard Hotel-JFK? It's all in today's nightlife round-up.

1. Le Parker Meridien Is Offering "Nooner" Rate [NY Post]

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"The posh West 56th Street hotel is pulling a page from the no-tell-motel playbook, offering rooms to guests for just four hours in the afternoon. The hotel is reportedly offering rooms from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $150, perfect for that afternoon quickie that no one needs to know about, according to"

The deal gets enhanced.

"For $250 you can upgrade and get 'champagne, strawberries with whipped cream and an on-demand adult film of your choice."

2. Mary-Kate Olsen Parties At Lavo With New Beau [Us Weekly]

[Mary-Kate Olsen, Seth Campbell image via]

"The mini-mogul, 24, has gone public with a new romantic interest, shoe designer Seth Campbell, reports."

The two have taken the Manhattan nightlife scene by storm.

"'Their relationship is fairly new,' a source tells Us of the duo who celebrated a mutual friend's birthday Feb. 16 at NYC's Lavo. "They've been able to have a few dates on the down low. He's a downtown kind of guy, likes to party every now and then."

3. Don Hill's Gets The East Village Treatment [Paper]

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"Don Hill's hosted the launch of e-commerce site of the East Village's long-standing emporium of all things punk...with their fall 2011 designed by Dang Goodman. Goodman featured their classic St. Marks Place look, which included distressed angora sweaters, peek-a-boo mini dresses, Dr. Martens and dog collars accentuated with Day-Glo spiky hair and cat-eye makeup."

Becca Diamond attended, naturally.

4. Your Favorite Place To Brunch Was Once A Bread Line [Ephemeral New York]

"This narrow little passage off Rivington Street between Chrystie Street and the Bowery now attracts well-heeled, hipster New Yorkers looking for a table at retro Freeman's restaurant, at the end of the alley. But in 1909, there was a different kind of clientele in Freeman Alley craving a meal--desperate men on a breadline."

And you wanted fancy Eggs Benedict?

5. Cooper Square Hotel Art Puzzles [EV Grieve]

An art installation on the Cooper Square Hotel's patio has puzzled some.

"A bicycle frame hung in effigy, perhaps a driver's road rage fantasy revenge for the perceived insult of bicycle lane proliferation. The desk chair swing set is more mysterious still: dreams of lost childhood, while trapped in corporate cubicles?"

But the nightlife connection comes in next.

"Finally the roped-off area suggests either a crime scene or the intentionally exclusive velvet ropes (without the velvet, since times are hard) of the nightlife scene, a barrier which non-model females and non-celebrity males can only pass by offering a credit card."

Profound analysis.

6. Will Balazs Build A Standard Hotel-JFK  At The Former TWA Flight Center? [The Real Deal]

"Hotelier Andre Balazs is one of several developers scoping out Eero Saarine's vacant terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport after the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey offered up the opportunity to build a new boutique hotel there earlier this month. According to the Wall Street Journal, Balazs's firm, as well as Hoboken W Hotel builder Ironstate Development and WQB Architecture, which was responsible for the Lambs Club building hotel conversion on West 44th Street, appeared on a list of attendees at a recent site visit."

Layover at the new Boom Boom Room?