EMM Group to Turn 199 Bowery into New Hotspot

EMM Group, consisting of Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, the duo crowned by Forbes as “The New Kings of New York Nightlife” are at it again.

The rumors that spread like wildfire about the possible new usage of 199 Bowery have been confirmed. EMM Group has taken the project on as a new nightclub and it sounds promising.

EMM recruited Travis Bass, design and marketing mogul, to aid in its development. Bass has worked on private events for P-Diddy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Valentino, and numerous others. His skills, combined with EMM’s successes at nightclubs including SL, Tenjune, and Catch Rooftop, have us super excited for what’s in store.

EMM Group & Tenjune Celebrate 5 Ravishing Years

When it comes to NYC nightlife, 5 years is a long time. In the fickle nightlife industry of New York City, EMM manages to stay on top with some of the best venues in town. In celebration of that great feat, Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum threw a grand bash last Friday night to ring in Tenjune's 5th anniversary.

Celebrity guests included Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Maxwell, and Lebron James just to name a few. DJ Runna and Swizz Beatz brought the beats while guests danced all night and morning (literally) thanks to Liquid Lightning energy drinks.

Though Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and friends consumed a little more than energy drinks. The pair apparently ordered 12 bottles of Ace of Spades champagne for their table, costing $2k per bottle. Ah, the perks of being a baller!

Happy Birthday Tenjune!

Red Carpet Cocktail Reception for RedLight Children

Start NYC's Fashion Week off right with a special, red carpet event that will support the RedLight Children. RedLight Children is a global human rights nonprofit organization that aims to end the demand for child slavery and exploitation. Human trafficking is a prominent, global crisis that is often overlooked, especially in the United States. Come out for a great night while supporting an admirable organization and learning how we can join together to support an important cause and end child slavery.

The night will be filled with free signature drinks, a silent auction, and a private wine tasting for VIP guests. There will also be a showcase of unique, handmade dolls donated by Made to Give, which will be auctioned off. The winner will have the choice of either keeping the doll for a loved one or leaving it to be donated to a child in need.

Here are some more links to expand your knowledge on human trafficking:

WHEN - Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 8PM

Joonbug Exclusive - The Knocks

Joonbug recently had the chance to catch up with electronica duo and NYC locals, Benjamin “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson, of The Knocks.

We had a chance to catch up with the guys and talk about their label, latest music and the likes. Take a look:

The Knocks - Blackout
The Frontier Wasteland: Provocateur

I haven't had an opportunity to walk around the Meatpacking District since I left my post here at Joonbug several months ago. So, last weekend's warmth and signs of spring got me out of my apartment and downtown to check out how some of my favorite nightclubs were doing. As I was walking down 9th Avenue, I thought it would be fun to see who was where and if the scene had changed at all in the past few months. It was good to hear the bass pumping at Tenjune and a flow of beautiful women walking out of Cielo. Around the corner was a whole different story though. Expecting to see the B(and C)-list wannabes drooling to get into the notoriously exclusive Provocateur, I ended up being the one with my mouth hung open when I passed the purple-lit door.

EMM Group To Bring SL To Lily Pond This Summer

Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm, the geniuses behind Tenjune, SL, and Abe and Arthurs, are bringing the party to the Hamptons for summer 2011. Along with Michael Hirtenstein and Top Chef's winner Hung Hyun, this new EMM Group club/restaurant is sure to be the hotspot in Montauk. The team tested the Lily waters a few Saturdays this past summer but now they've taken the plunge into ownership. The new venue has yet to be named, but there's no doubt that a slew of models, celebs, and all of the pretty people will be in attendance. Known for its indoor/outdoor design with massive VIP-lounge and patio terrace featuring bed-style cabanas, Lily Pond is already buzzed from a successfully star studded season this past summer, and it will only get bigger from here.

New York and D.C. Are Just the Beginning: DJ George Garcia

Beneath the curved brim of DJ George Garcia's beige hat and above his modestly low-cut t-shirt and half-zipped coat beams something that you can see plain as day from the dance floor of any club as you peer towards the DJ booth, or even in a low-key conversation here in the Joonbug offices: A smile. "You’ll never not see a smile on my face," he boasts. "That’s how I was raised."

Coming from a boisterous Spanish family and background, Garcia has always been involved in parties and family gatherings, and, frankly, always around a crowd of people. "I plug in my music and my dad jumps up and starts dancing and grabbing people out of the crowd," he explained about a family gathering, which usually turns "from dinners to parties" fairly quickly. His upbringing, too, led him to experience all types of music, from Spanish to Greek to heavily drum-influenced tunes, which, in turn, allowed him to pick up the snare drum in the high school band.

Three Places To Hit On The Same Block

The Meatpacking District is home to some of New York City's hottest nightclubs and venues. As it starts getting colder at night and the sun begins to set over the Hudson earlier and earlier, we thought you might want to stay on the same block and run from spot to spot while hitting some of the most notable nightclubs in the world. Check it out.

The Collective
1 Little West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

It's Your Fault. No, It's Your Fault!

Perhaps this past week in nightlife has given us yet another clue as to what our industry does when something goes terribly wrong. I reported earlier in the week on the death of 17 year old Nicole Johns, daughter of an American ambassador, child socialite. As the trail leading up to her death from the 25th floor of a skyscraper in Herald Square led us through her footsteps back to the velvet rope at Tenjune, the city and the blogging world began to buzz about who let her in, who let her drink, who gave her her fake, and who, just who in the world could get this child so drunk in New York City.

Tenjune Eyed in DA Probe

Manhattan's District Attorney began its probe Sunday into the timeline leading up to the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand's daughter Nicole John. John was pronounced dead on Friday night after a fall from a 25th floor window in a high-rise apartment in Herald Square. John, 17, spent her last night alive at one of New York's hottest and most exclusive nightclubs, Tenjune, before leaving the Meatpacking District with a group of friends and returning to the Midtown apartment.