Thursday, July 1, 2010

Your 4th of July Parties, Zagat’s Nightlife Decade and the Daniel Squadron Watch

The Nightlife Report for July 1, 2010
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

…we hunt down the nightlife news so you don’t have to…

4th of July Events
New York is going to have hundreds of events to kick off the summer and celebrate the long weekend, many of them centered on the West Side to put you in view of the fireworks. Here’s a sample of some of the more popular events…

The Collective is having its first 4th of July in the Meatpacking District.

There will be an open bar yacht on the Hudson to view the Fireworks

Westside rooftop bars like Highbar will have a good view of the festivities

and the Circle Line and World Yacht are throwing a party on Pier 81

A little further away from the fireworks, venues like Pacha, Webster Hall and Governors Island are throwing big dance parties

And Santos is throwing its annual White Heat Party downtown

Most of these events require advance ticket sales, so order now to avoid the embarrassing rejection at the door.

Zagat Nightlife 2011
When the first Zagat nightlife guide came out in 2000, there were no cocktail lounges and only transvestite hookers and butchers willingly went to the Meatpacking District. Ten years later, the latest Zagat guide is highlighting rooftop bars, up and coming Brooklyn neighborhoods and the rebirth of the Meatpacking District. You can pick up the latest copy of this guide today if you want to know where to go.

Nightlife Patron Survey
The new Zagat guide also shows a decline in patronage across the nightlife scene. Compared to 2000, we are going out less, drinking less and spending less now. Most of this is attributed to Wall Street’s collapse, but higher prices per drink, fallout from 9/11 and NIMBY infringement on the total number of venues probably also played a part. I’m going out as much as I can, but I can’t do it by myself. Come join me.

Squadron Watch
State Senator Daniel Squadron is once again pushing through legislation designed to kill nightlife in New York City. His latest bill would allow the SLA to revoke a liquor license for any venue that has six or more complaints against it in a 60 day period. Since NIMBY’s have been known to coordinate with each other on message boards to systematically target venues they do not like, it is easy to see how many popular spots could get six or more complaints against it in a week. This won’t mean much to you, until you show up at your favorite spot and it isn’t there anymore.

Have fun

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