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Below 14th Street, Travis Bass is a familiar face to the locals, downtown creatives, and nightlife regulars. Being a resident of Chinatown since 1998, Travis has done the event design for parties in the same neighborhood he calls home. He is known for New York-centric popup parties in converted Chinese restaurants, such as Madame Wong’s and Red Egg, that have attracted models and socialites. His new pop-up party, Inga, is at the space 141 Chrystie Street. To this event designer, inspiration comes from the retro, the glamorous, the cinematic, and the real.
Guest of a Guest met with Travis at the Bowery Hotel to discuss his latest pop up party, Inga. Over coffee and wine, Travis spoke enthusiastically about his projects and the things that keep New York and downtown nightlife authentic. [Travis Bass, Photo via Purple Diary] More»
Sure there are the gorgeous models, overpriced bottles, and plush banquets, but New York City’s nightlife culture is so much more, at least according to an American Studies seminar offered at one of the most prestigious ivy leagues, Yale University. More»
via guestofaguest.com: As NYFW just began but we are thinking ahead. You may roll your eyes as you watch from behind your laptop as all of these acquaintances of yours with Twitter feeds expressing once again how they get to head to Paris. There is still an option to afford a Parisian expedition: find a Parisian boy in NYC now to host you! Here are some suggestions from our very own Parisian Boy. MORE>>
As NYFW winds down, the new Facebook and Twitter feeds will become full of statuses such as "Paris Booked!", "Looking for a 2 bedroom flat in le Marais", etc. You may roll your eyes as you watch from behind your laptop as all of these acquaintances of yours once again get to head to Paris to enjoy the couture fashion shows, the presentations, coffees in terrace, art, and most important, open-bars offered by cool brands in cool places with cool guys while you are drinking wine home alone. Sure you regret having spent all your money at the Hamptons this summer, but there is still an option to afford a Parisian expedition: find a Parisian boy in NYC now to host you! Here is a suggestion of places to hangout to make this happens, from our very own Parisian Boy, in NYC now for NYFW....
Over the last few months, we've seen plenty of extravagant, ridiculous one-off dining events like the infamous gourmet L train dinner and art-themed dishes from a 15-year-old chef. There is no denying it's the Summer of the Pop-Up. But with Restaurant Week starting today, you have to wonder where the craze fits in. More»
The nightlife world has been waiting with anticipation for Andre Saraiva's New York outpost of Le Baron to open in Chinatown since last February. It's been pushed back again and again with the graffiti artist and nightclub impresario taking on a number of fashion, art, and film projects, but a date has finally been set, reports ArtInfo! It's set to open in September. More»
The pop-up party has reached its apex with a trend piece in today's New York Times. Simonez Wolf's Madame Wong's throwdowns at Jobee have been a favorite of fashion and nightlife types since March, springing up on random nights and becoming more regular, only briefly being shuttered by cops. The writer Alexis Swerdloff posits that the club has been popular because the space is nontraditional and unexpected, and while this might add to the appeal, there are two far more powerful reasons. More»
A new beach-themed club is set to open in Chelsea; a rock-n-roll dive bar is headed to the Meatpacking District; the cops have shut down Madame Wong's; reviews of Beer Parc; a DJ summer series; some disappointing news about the Polo Classic and more. Today's nightlife roundup is minus one ginger royal. More»
Community Board 2 met last week for the first of two State Liquor Authority Licensing Committees this month. Plenty of places were on the docket including Jobee, the Chinese restaurant where Simonez Wolf, of Beatrice Inn and Le Bain, has been holding his pop-up club Madame Wong's. Things didn't go so well for them. More»
Tuesday, May 21
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.