After Hurricane Sandy put a damper on last year's festivities, the city's got two years of partying to catch up on. Halloween 2013 looks set to be nothing short of epic and with more events planned than perhaps ever before, we're already starting to feel the city's dark side burbling towards the surface. After spotting two Albert Einsteins, a fox that goes gering-ding-dingeringeding and several cats wandering the streets today, we thought we'd give you a sneak peak of what's in store.
Five-weeks -- snag your New Year's Eve party tickets. Four-weeks -- book a car service to chauffer you and your crew around town. Three-weeks – ladies, buy your hot party dresses and gents, rent a dapper tux. Two-weeks – make pre-party plans. And, at the one-week countdown, get excited because in seven-days you’ll be ringing in 2013 in the best city in the USA – NYC.
Seeking the hottest spot to settle into on NYE that’ll surely meet all of your party needs, wants and dreams? All week, we’re serving up the best parties happening across the city starting with 5 HOT FETES in DOWNTOWN NYC:
We’re on the cusp of one of the coolest, most fun, goriest holidays of the year. This exact mix of appeal is what lures in the masses to hit all the hottest parties, donned in costume of course! Already gathering your group to secure tables at the best events happening in Manhattan during the holiday weekend? Here’s a sneak-peak into just a few of the top spots to hit for your Halloween pleasure:
Hosted by former Playboy Playmates Monica Leigh, Ashley Massaro, Stephanie Larimore and Courtney Culkin
For one night only, Bowlmor Times Square will transform itself into two mammoth floors of decadent debauchery at its finest delivered with loads of class and in the spirit of Halloween, a ton of trash. Just remember, you can say or do just about anything - just don’t use the “B” word (Bowling) as Bowlmor’s been converted into THE biggest party scene of the night.
You've been here before. Your office's Secret Santa exchange is underway, and once again you're stuck with the creepy guy in Accounting. Or you've checked off all of your family members' names from your list...except your wild and crazy cousin. Or maybe you're just looking for the perfect gift for your significant other.
Joonbug's got you covered. Whether it's for the bro pack or the travelbug, we've come up with our best bets for a great gift-giving season. Just find out what your unsuspecting recipient is into, and we'll take it from there.
Back then it wasn't about loading up a laptop with the latest house anthems or hip hop edits. It was about digging through crates and practicing everyday. My favorite part about the Scratch academy was learning from the big name DJs that would come through regularly.
What were some challenges of starting out young?
Getting into nightclubs! You had to sneak in or carry some other DJs records.
How were you able to rent out lofts and throw your own parties at such a young age? How does this compare to playing the huge shows you do today?
We saved up money and pooled our resources. You can do anything if you have the right team behind you. Today, life is a lot less stressful. Being an event organizer is hard!
Different. Didn't see the parents growing up with the suit and tie in the morning. Nightlife and music go hand in hand. So I was always surrounded by music.
Was it the environment or the music that initially led you to purchase your first turntables at the age of 15?
To be honest I've always had a wide range of taste. Hip hop, 80s soul, Dancehall, and Techno.
It’s a rare commodity to find a hot female DJ like you. How many numbers do you get a night?
HA! Well, I have a boyfriend so no phone numbers for me, more like people requesting Katy Perry or Britney Spears.
What are some of your big musical and fashion influences?
The music I listen to at home is very different to what I pay when I DJ, it took me a while to realize that you are there to make people have fun, not to impress them with all the "cool" music you listen to. Right now I am really into Hip-Hop, I am not too excited about new rock bands these days.
Fashion wise I am influenced my the people around me, my friends. I love seeing what excites them.
What drew you to DJing?
Money! Just kidding. I have always been a dj of sorts, I have a huge collection of music that started with records (yes I am that old) and because of the computer it makes it so much fun/ easier to have your whole collection at your finger tips. I get a rush out of making people dance.
What are some of your favorite venues to spin?
Anywhere my friends are willing to go! Events are the most fun because it's a new experience every time. A new challenge to make people happy.
What’s you favorite/least favorite tune?
I am really into the soundtrack to the movie "Drive," there is some amazing new music on there. People love when I play it.
My LEAST favorite is a song called "Hello" By Martin Solveig. It makes me crazy when djs play it!
Last Tuesday, a gala benefit for National Urban Technology Center, a national non-profit dedicated to helping provide technology for underserved youth with programs in over 700 schools across America, be honored NBA legend John Starks, with a Humanitarian Award. The 2011 Urban Tech Humanitarian Award acknowledges the work of John Starks and the John Starks Foundation as advocates for change. Both the man and the foundation strive to provide under-served youths with positive opportunities, including academic scholarships. Other honorees at this event include Jessica Isaacs, and Ramon Gonzalez. Maurice Dubois served as the emcee, while other celebrities such as Dennis Walcott, Dominic Fumusa, Richard Kind, Callie Thorne, Nadia Dajani, Steven Byrd, and more were all in attendance. The gala took place at Capitale, with a cocktail reception at 6pm, followed by dinner, the awards ceremony, and a live & silent auction at 7:30pm.
This morning, the lovely Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries were seen roaming around the Big Apple, keeping it low key both were wearing what seemed to be a bit short of fashionable, but we'll let that go for the sake of newly wed bliss...
The reality star and her basketball player beau have another bash to attend tonight! Celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie, and Niche Media founder Jason Binn, are throwing a gathering at the lavish Capitale with the love birds as the guests of honor. Much like their wedding, the party will include surprise appearances and performances. Binn tweeted earlier , "NYC Wedding Celebration!...Collin and I are so excited to host!".
There is a quiet in our office today I haven't experienced in some time. New Year's Eve and the holiday event season is over and there are only boxes to remind us of last weekend. The events staff did an excellent job producing over 50 parties in New York and Miami for over 30,000 people. It almost seems anti-climactic. I had gotten used to the hustle and bustle from the past few months.