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Thursday
Sep242009

The Jane Seems Safe . . . For Now

It became completely apparent this week just how much the local community hates having the Jane Hotel as the home of New York's most popular nightclub. But it also became apparent that unless something drastic happens, the Jane is not going away anytime soon. But DBTH, how can you be so sure? Excellent question. You see, once the SLA issues a liquor license, it takes them an awfully long time to strip it away. The SLA also allows an operator who is in violation of their license agreement to continue to operate until a hearing is held to determine the fate of the license, giving the operator a chance to prove that they have made strides to fix the problems. Of course, New York City Agencies do have a coordinated team that rolls out en masse to investigate bars and venues that rack up numerous complaints, and we expect the Jane is on the list to be visited sometime very soon. That means they better have their ducks in row in terms of making sure no one under age is inside, there is no smoking, no capacity issues, etc etc. But unless it's egregious, the Jane will still stay open.

This neighborhood group is not a real force to be reckon with, but the City agencies and PD are. Our suggestion? Stop having live bands, do everything to fix the traffic issues, force patrons to enter from the West Side Highway side of the building, and make sure your security keeps everything in control inside the room. It may go a long way to fixing things before they get fixed for you.

Thursday
Sep242009

Greenhouse vs Provocateur: It's On

We all know that Iron Mike Satsky and Mark Birnbaum were not the best of the friends, but a new battle is brewing between the Champ and Brian Gefter at Provocateur and Jon B., Barry Mullineaux and the Greenhouse crew. It seems that the Greenhouse team has bought the URL's for Provocateur and pointed them to the Greenhouse website. BURN! When asked for comment, a rep for Provacateur said, "This is like Payless stealing the Christian Louboutin domain name." DOUBLE BURN! Of course, Barry used to work with Satsky and Gefter at Stereo before teaming up with Jon B. at Greenhouse, and they will be going after the same clientele. But Provocateur is smack dab in the middle of the MPD, and Greenhouse is by the tunnel. Advantage: Provocateur! Maybe they should get Seven On Their Side to get their URL back. [NYP]

Wednesday
Sep232009

Maybe 1OAK Didn't Lose a Team Member

Following our post this morning about 1OAK, a Little Birdy hit us on our anonymous tip line, saying,

i just want to inform you that information in the article about 1 oak is not all true and you should def. get your facts straight maybe try interviewing some poeple not just posting here say

Interviewing people? Pfffff. What's fun about that? Besides, even if our article isn't "all true", doesn't that make it a little true? Hmmm?

Wednesday
Sep232009

Sixpoint Goes Special With Bark Ale

DBTH favorite and Brooklyn's own Sixpoint Ales continues to crank out the special brews in connection with local establishments. Today they have announced a new partnership with Bark Hot Dogs selling Bark Ale, a red ale that Six Point has produced exclusively for the Bark team, as well as offering all the sweet Sixpoint you can drink every Friday and Saturday night for just $15.00. That's nothing to bark at. Get it? Bark.

UPDATE: This promotion begins Saturday, September 26.

Wednesday
Sep232009

The Dirt on Kamil Parchomienko 

If you are still dying to get into the Boom Boom Room (which still isn't open to the public but will be soon), we suggest you make friends with GM Kamil Parchomienko, your key to the kingdom. A recently recharged Abbe Diaz has the most relevant info about Kamil, saying:

Those of us who know and/or remember former subMercer GM/Maitre d’ kamil-parchomienko (also of MercerKitchen, SunsetBeach, StandardMiami, and StandardLA) are of course totally delighted that kamil, the prodigal son, has returned to NYC after a loooong time away. hooray! oh but i kinda feel a little bad for him though, cuz i don’t know whether or not kamil will appreciate his name being alls out there right before he is about to open the hottest spot in town.

A bit of publicity never hurt anybody. That's how you get the glory.

UPDATE: Just so you know - that is not Kamil. Why would he be dressed in a waiter's uniform?

Wednesday
Sep232009

1OAK Loses A Team Member

A successful club needs more than just an A-list ownership group, doorman, DJ's and promotion team to thrive. If those front line people lack a trusted support staff, things begin to fall through the cracks, impacting the bottom line. According to a Little Birdy, 1OAK has lost a key part of their below the line crew, telling DBTH,

a bouncer at 1OAK has moved onto greener pastures after "they made him an offer he couldn't refuse".  "They" being recording artist & actor Drake who hired him to be his full time bodyguard.  He was the bouncer who stood guard at Richie Akiva's table next to the DJ booth which is supposedly now "in shambles" due to the replacement not being as tough in guarding the area where celebs are usually seated.  This was seen last weekend after the Jay-Z concert when Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna showed up to a packed 1OAK, with Richie Akiva at the helm not knowing where to seat them because of his table already being overcrowded.  This has created issues for the head of security because he would be the only one suited for the task of guarding the owners table but they need him at the front controlling the crowds and letting in all the regulars when Binn is drinking champagne with Mickey Rourke.

So if you think you are up for the job, head on over there and fill out an application. Tell them DBTH sent you.

Tuesday
Sep222009

Flyer Follies: Sean Kingston Stuck At Tenjune

Sean Kingston is dropping his new album and is celebrating with a party at Tenjune. But they just hosted all those swank parties at Simyone. So why are they making him go to the old spot when the new spot is ready to go? They must not think that much of him.

Tuesday
Sep222009

An Evening At: The Standard Biergarten

While there is some debate over the best time of year to open a nightlife venue, we are going to go with in or around Fall Fashion Week.  Better to nail it and open the first weekend of Fashion week, but close can be good enough.  While the Standard was open before Labor Day, and the Standard Grill the same, Boom Boom Room came seemingly out of nowhere to take the Fashion Week crown, using a monster lineup of events and dinners to catapult itself to the head of the pack for Fall openings.

However, now that the cat is out of the bag and you don't stand a chance in hell of getting in, what is one to do?  Why not try to have some of that hotness rub off on you from 20 floors below?  The Standard Biergarten opened to little fanfare last week, but what better way to kick of Oktoberfest this week with a little Monday night visit?

Located under the Highline, the Biergarten was packed on a balmy and breezy Monday night.  Buy your beer tickets at the outhouse on the way in and you have a choice of three German brews on tap.  We opted with the Bitburger.  Add a couple of ping pong tables (take that Spin!) and pretzel girls (yes) and there you have your new MePa alternative to the new hot mess that is Boom Boom, Simyone, Abe & Arthur's, etc.

Tuesday
Sep222009

Say a Prayer for the Jane

For all that's been said about the Beatrice Inn, no one ever started a website to document their gripes about it. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Jane Hotel, where the Jane Ballroom has inspired a blog The Nightmare on Jane Street to let the world know about just how horrible things have become in the once sleepy corner of the West Village. Beyond the video seen above, NOJS has been covering each big night with a blow-by-blow account, including:

  • And everything bad about Fashion Week has descended on the Jane Hotel.  The traffic guys are debuting their neon orange coats–this must be in an honor of the festivities, because it certainly isn’t keeping the traffic moving along.  Music thumping through the walls, calling 311.
  • Apparently the existing sound system (which shakes the neighboring walls) is not loud enough for this evening’s event!  Apparently these guys told Community Board 2 that “music would be background only.”  Is this set-up just for decoration?  Maybe they are hosting Mime Rock tonight!
  • Live band seems to be finished but quickly replaced with a DJ.  Music thumping through the windows.  Orange coats yelling at taxis.  Obnoxious French people who didn’t get in cursing and smoking outside the window.  Oh, and turns out cops were here earlier to deal with some disorderly person who got kicked out.

There are not many things that would make rich neighbors long for a run-down SRO, but I guess living next to the hottest nightclub in New York will make a person pretty desperate. No matter, the chances of the Jane losing their license before it is up for renewal (unless they are found to be breaking the law or have imminent code violations) is almost nil. But we certainly love to watch the show! [Via Curbed]

Monday
Sep212009

Gossip Girl Goes Nightlife

Anyone can spend a little time watching some trashy TV, especially if it is on topic. Last night's Gossip Girl hit the nightlife beat, and here's a little recap, DBTH style.

  • The dark haired girl asked her new college roommates which club was the best to attend on Saturday nights. Wrong answer: Marquee. Right answer: None, because everyone knows clubs  are filled with B&T on the weekend.
  • Low talker guy wants to open a venue in a fancy coop building that used to be a bank, with plans to have a restaurant on the ground floor and run a decadent speakeasy in the basement's bank vault. His plan is foiled when the drunk girl tells the crusty old Board member about his nightclub dreams. Oopsie. We can tell you that he had hired Lewis/Dizon Designs to do the renderings, and the project was going to be awesome.
  • The puffy dark haired girl tries to break up an NYU roof party in order to get everyone to head to Monkey Bar. Like that would ever work. Who writes this stuff?

What an amazing hour of television. Posting may be limited today because we poked our eyes out immediately after the show ended.

Monday
Sep212009

Oh No! Ono Comes Down!

With Provacteur on the way, it was only a matter of time before Ono dissapeared for good. A Little Birdy was enjoying this beautiful day and came across these workers "jackhammering the Ono sign to smithereens." See you later Ono, we hardly knew ya.

Monday
Sep212009

From Waitress to Angel to Bride . . . 

In an epic diary from the Takashi Murakami soiree at the Boom Boom Room last week, Guy Trebay encounters the designer Cynthia Rowley, who describes the waitresses look:

“When you come in and see her, at first she’s like a beautiful nurse in white, bringing you your cocktail,” . . . When once she has dispensed her curative potions, Ms. Rowley added, the nurse-waitress magically “becomes an angel.” And, after a certain amount of time on the job at the Boom Boom Room, the nurse angel waitress, Ms. Rowley said, may well “become a bride” to one of the monied denizens of this very world.

That's exactly what we thought when we saw them. [NYT]