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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. More»
This weekend, The Times ran a piece about the so-called new club kids. The account seeks to hold in amber the current movers-and-shakers of New York nightlife and attributes the reemergence of these die-hards to the failing economy. But the dangerous juxtaposition may not be as smooth as it first seems. More»
Did the Patricia Field/Keith Haring party last night at Good Units usher in the return of the Club Kids scene? The outrageous costumes on parade last night certainly seemed like a revival of the early 90s New York scene. The prevalent use of bright colors and neon body paint made the guests at the party look like a natural extension of the grafiti that adorns Good Units' walls. More»
Union Square used to be a nexus of bleeding edge nightlife. 33 Union Sq. West housed the second incarnation of Andy Warhol's Factory. His favorite LSD-saturated haunt, Max's Kansas City, was a few blocks north. And the late Palladium (now an NYU dorm, natch) was a stone's throw away on 14th St. Now, a team of nightlife vets hopes to revive the magic with the Union Square Lounge. More»
For those hoping for a quasi resurgence of Club Kids and a subsequent "rescue" of NYC Nightlife lead by the return of Michael Alig will have wait. Parole officers dashed hopes earlier this month when they denied his parole, and set a July 2010 hearing as the next data point for guidance in his release from prison. The famed party-promoter, junkie, and murderer was apparently dinged for prescription drugs and moved to solitary confinement. Uncle Steve Lewis predicted 4 years in solitary after Percocet was found in Alig's system. A recent comment on GofG claims:
He just got another 3 years for being found with prescription drugs…" More»
...At least from the high security prison center he's been in for over a decade. So we hear through the grapevine. It is unclear how long Michael Alig will be spending at the much more lax security center, (Washington Correctional Center), but he is definitely one step closer to swooping in and saving NYC nightlife! YIPPEE! Uncle Steve (Lewis) has been with Michael every step of the way, keeping him in the loop, and has promised me an interview "whenever you'd like kid." (Michael is set to be released for good in March of 2010).
As a survivor of the 90's club culture, I recently walked by the old Marylou's on West 9th St with a slight cringe. As other former patrons can attest, it was the home of a lot of late night debauchery, so it was great to hear that plans are afoot to bring back the space to its former glory. The word is out that in the coming months life will once again be brought to the historic jaunt. Tamer let's hope!
Random fact: Marylou's, the Italian restaurant by day/speakeasy by night on was on West Ninth street and was what Jay McInerney based his fictional "Evelyn's" on in his novel "The Good Life".
[Photo via Joonbug]
I have a secret, and I might as well share. First of all, anyone that knows me, knows of my obsession for all thing club kids...though most of them have no idea where this came from, me being basically the opposite of what you would conjure up in your head upon thinking of those crazy kooky bastards that roamed the city's nights before Guiliani, before 9-11, before Wholefoods. They were simply crazy, and crazily simple in that regard. But this is not a post about the club kids, who are still around in various forms of Kenny Kenny, Richie Rich, Motherfucker, Heatherette, and young hipsters. This is about a man. A man that depending on the time, and the writer, could be called an award winning club designer, club kid wrangler, doorman, fashion designer (back in the 80s), and night life king...and now, we can add blogger to the list. Yet Steve doesn't fit any of these...at least for me. More»
[Fortunoff's Thanksgiving Turkey, 5th avenue store window]
This Thanksgiving, we here at gofg would like to take this time to go over some of the things we are most thankful for this year. So here goes:
Guest of a Guest's Most Thankful List:
-Armin Amiri for "Just seeing Cuba" and likewise needing us to experience his vision, thus creating Socialista.
-"Cocaine Highs" at The Box, for giving us a reason to dance with midget whores.
-Guidos and Guidettes for the massive quantity of material they provide us with each week.
-Rob Rich and his team for the extensive amount of coverage they provided us with this summer out east.
-Urban Rebounding classes for giving us yuppie buns of steel.
-The Martignetti brothers for giving us a chance to wear our hampton gear well into the fall and winter, and for giving all of our tall, popped-collared prepster friends a place to mingle with thier blonde future wives.
-Upstairs for providing a place where stars like Diddy and DiCaprio can act "Just like Us" in a secret setting, bar fights and all.
-Passerby, well at least for a couple more months.
-Marc Jacobs, for proving that even fabulous gay designers have midlife crises.
-Wass Stevens, for giving countless doormen around the world somthing to look up to.
-Gossip Girl, for providing us with the best network TV in decades and keeping us off the streets on Wednesday nights.
-And finally, for all our readers and faithful commenters, for our blog buddies and our email tippers, for our myspace and facebook friends.......Thank you and Happy Turkey Day!
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.