Toy at Hotel Gansevoort
18 9th Ave
Mulifunctional hotspot from the Koch Brothers, Toy brings lavish oyster and sushi bars, an al fresco terrace and private dining spaces to the Meatpacking District.
1 Little West 12th Street
Bagatelle is back in Meatpacking with its highly awaited brunch. Champagne, DJs and food are all in the mix for your weekend mid-day revelry.
This Spring, New York's got some exciting new bars and clubs to check out. Here's our list of what's happening now and what to look forward to.
80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn // (718) 460-8000
Located on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, this under the radar rooftop bar has been pretty popular since it opened just last month. Operated by Andrew Tarlow, The Ides is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
West 54th Street // (866)-468-7619
Saturday night, NYC saw the return rebirth of Pink Elephant, originally perched on w 27th st., now relocated to the West Village.
The reinvented night club dangles some clear changes from its original design such as a larger dance floor and a focus more so on cocktails rather than bottle service.
Pink Elephant version 2012 includes the "infinity room," a maze-like mixology bar, and cabaret lounge that’ll function as an event space while the smaller 200 person capacity allows owners David Sarner and Robert Montwaid to be more selective of their guests.
Look out for the return of Pink Elephant in the West Village this May. Owners David Sarner and Robert Montwaird have shared that the new digs will be a much quieter experience offering high-end cocktails and live music. Formerly located in Chelsea, and famous for laser shows and bottle service, the previous incarnation closed in 2009 after the landlord filed for bankruptcy. The change in atmosphere isn’t the only news, Sarner and Montwaid are opening locations in Dubai and Los Vegas in the near future. For those interesting in being apart of the rebirth, bottle servers are now being hired.
Influenced by many DJs, Michael Anthony also cites producers Roger Sanchez (from way back), Basement Jaxx, The Advent, Samuel L. Session and Dennis Ferrer. In case you couldn’t tell, his sound is “very hard, in your face.” Creating tracks with “seamless rhythms which accumulate psychotic amounts of energy over time as to have the power to detonate a small vehicle” has paid off; Michael Anthony’s productions have been played by big-room DJs like Boris and Danny Tenaglia. Such recognition is the ultimate high, “otherwise this would just be some kind of nomadic hobby,” he explains. “It keeps the drive alive.”
Michael Anthony’s raw attitude conveys the best bass element you can hear: heart. He clarifies his moniker, "The Unknown Artist," by returning to his beginning metaphor: "If one wants to be recognized and not stuck among the mass herds of sheep, they need quick escapes throughout the pastures, maybe a bush hidden as a trap door to get you to where the new feed was just placed."
While chasing my nicotine fix outside Le Souk on a random Tuesday night, I notice a guy wearing suspenders attached to jeans tighter than mine and a bowtie and ask him for a light. We get to chatting and of course like all New Yorkers talk about what we do. "I play in a band and I'm a promoter" As the light bulb goes on in my head, I ask if he would like to be interviewed. Without any hesitation and with extreme enthusiasm, he said "yes".
One of the first things that DJ Erick La Peau said to me when I met him (and I almost missed it) was "I'm very soft-spoken." While the duration of our conversation certainly confirmed this, La Peau's message is loud and clear: "I want to take the world by storm," he says. And by the looks of things, he's well on his way. La Peau has all the discipline, wisdom, and (of course) talent to accomplish everything he intends to. P. Diddy himself requested DJ La Peau to spin at his 29th birthday party, and La Peau played for Prince at the Benefit Life Concert he hosted. Not too shabby at all. Best yet, even though La Peau is routinely recruited to play for the hottest celebrities worldwide, he's a normal guy and watches lame TV shows just like the rest of us. "I've been DVR-ing shows a lot recently," he says, "like Vampire Dairies and For The Love Of Ray J. I'm hooked."
It's a Thursday. I’m trying to get off the couch because it's already been a long week. Then, the incentive to get motivated comes in the form of a text message from Jessica White. Sport Illustrated models always get me motivated. She’s in town, bored and wants to hangout. My response? I’m in! She’s staying at the Standard Hotel. I offer to pick her up because I haven’t been there yet and I’m curious. The hotel lobby is small and there is a cute little bar that services the lobby. I’m sure there’s more to come. Mean while, Ms. White has me waiting 20 minutes. Jeez… I love it!
Well, it's been some time. I have sat down to write so often but my mind has been a log jam of activity. I know I promised details of Fashion Week in New York but it was such a hectic time. I’ll leave what I wrote then. It's enough.
The best thing that happened during New York Fashion Week was that I was able to put two friends together on a green initiative. Charles Roberts has an amazing concept; market forces that drive companies to become more environmentally friendly. The idea is to rate a company's carbon footprint and allow consumers to choose amongst the competing brands. Each brand is rated with a green star, which represents how environmentally friendly they are - five stars being the best and no stars meaning they are basically egregous polluters.