Sugar babies and sugar daddies seek arrangements; rumors of a new speakeasy; news from Provacateur; a nightclub stabbing in Brooklyn; and another bar shut down by cops in the LES, only to reopen days later. Take a look at what's going on this week in NYC nightlife.
1. "Sugar daddy" mixer draws crowds. Monday night saw "Midsummer Night Affair," a "mixer" event for SeekingArrangement.com ("for Mutually Beneficial Relationships"). If you've never heard of that site, go there now and understand that the "affair" is quite literal. ("Sugar Daddy, Mommy: Rich and successful. Single or married, you have no time for games.")
Tickets were $80 for, um, "benefactors" (?) and $40 for gold-digging sl—uh, "babies." There were about 400 people in attendance, with "babies" outnumbering the frequently-married men about 10-to-1. If you're not 100% convinced that this website is just a way for young girls to whore themselves, they just announced a new "College Sugar Baby Certification" feature that offers extra benefits to girls who sign up using .edu email addresses. [Gawker, with photo via SeekingArrangement's homepage]
2. A speakeasy at the Dutch? Andrew Carmellini's new SoHo "hipster theme park" the Dutch might be getting its own speakeasy, "PS 131," in a tiny room in the restaurant that currently hosts private events. Details at this point are a bit sketchy and based entirely on hearsay, but it's been confirmed that indeed something along those lines is in the works. Of course, it wouldn't be a real speakeasy in the sense that the Dutch opened in April and Prohibition ended in 1933. [Grubstreet]
3. Provocateur reopens. If you were distraught when it closed up for a little summer break a few weeks ago, fear not! Provocateur in the Meatpacking District is finally reopening this week. Maybe the owners picked up some Spanish charm on their holiday in Ibiza to spice the place up. [Eater]
4. A Bay Ridge bar owner thinks he's "helping the community." Eric Zheng is the 22-year-old owner of Crown KTV, the Bay Ridge karaoke bar where five people were stabbed last week, which he is quick to dismiss as an unfortunate side-effect of all that good that the much-maligned bar apparently does for the community. "The block used to be empty," he told The Brooklyn Paper this week. "I think we are helping the community." So the block used to be empty, but now it's filled with stabbing victims? [Gothamist]
5. Led Zeppelin cover band to preside over mass wedding
Lez Zepplin, a Led Zeppelin cover band composed entirely of lesbians (surely they come up with the pun before they start the band...?) is holding a mass wedding ceremony at Irving Plaza on August 26 that, though celebrating newly-legal gay marriage in New York, is open to all couples. Apparently the drummer is an ordained minister, so this is totally legit. A $65 wedding package buys two tickets to the event, pictures with the band and the chance to be married by a lesbian Led Zeppelin cover band. [DNAInfo]
6. White Slab Palace Shut Down, Reopened
Last week, the NYPD shut down White Slab Palace because it is located on the LES and cracking down on establishments in that locale is no apparently, required. But no need to worry, five days later and they're back and ready for business. [BoweryBoogie]
Friday, May 24
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.