Thursday, December 29, 2011

AeroShot, Angry Drunks and the Worst New Year’s Eve Ever

The Last Nightlife Culture News for 2011
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Nightlife Culture Year in Review: The Twelve Major Stories in Nightlife Culture for 2011

Nightlife Industry Year in Review: From the fine folks at Eater.

Humor: Do you want to have your worst New Year’s Eve ever. Here's how to so it. 

Drinking: Hangover Patches: Do They Work?

Drinking: Here’s how to spot an angry drunk before the fists start flying.

Drugs: Is AeroShot going to be the club drug of 2012?

Venue Reviews: I've finished 101 nightlife reviews covering three cities in 2011. That should be enough drinking for one year, right?

Trends: The busiest (and most amateur) nightlife nights of the year.

Beyond New York: The New York Times looks at the underground nightlife scene in Los Angeles. 

Hip Hop: Is hip hop finally ready to shed its homophobic image?
Hip Hop: A compelling argument that New York hip hop isn't real hip hop. 
Hip Hop: How do racial and gender diversity in hip hop performers impact the musical form? 
Comedy: Why is the open mic scene so dead for aspiring New York comedians? 

Have fun.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Champagne Bars, Fireplace Hideaways, Fashion’s Night Out and New Orleans Nightlife

Nightlife News for December 20th 2011
Complied by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City
Reviews: I’ve put up the first set of reviews from my trip to New Orleans. There is plenty of stuff down there to make a New York nightlife native happy.

Last minute Gift Idea: Looking for something to give the person who loves nightlife? Give them my book Seize the Night.

Culture: NYC had 50 million visitors on 2011. No doubt many of them came here to sample our nightlife culture. Hopefully our next mayor will see the connection in ways that Bloomberg doesn’t.

Fashion: Fashion Night Out is coming back in 2012 in spite of very little popular demand from fashion retailers.

Drinking: Discover the allure of luxury champagne bars.

Interior Design: NYC has plenty of fireplace bars to help you escape the cold this winter. Find some with this list.

Politics: Harlem community boards consider attempt to close bars at 2 a.m. Hopefully they will fail like many of their colleagues downtown.

Sex: How often do men and women really think about sex? The answer may surprise you.

Have fun.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Madison Moore, Larry Levan, Don Hill and Parisian Nightlife Culture

Nightlife Culture News for December 13, 2011
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City: Review: On the Make: Nightlife as a Lifeless Sham:

Academics: NYU takes a long hard look at Madison Moore and his nightlife culture course at Yale.

Culture: A comparison of nightlife culture in New York and Paris.

Sex: A swingers party pops up at Pop Burger.

Health: Would NYC be better off with public toilets in nightlife areas?

Health:  Journalists put three hangover cures to the test

Graphic Arts: A collection of art dedicated to hip hop pioneers has just been released.

Hip Hop: Members of Black Sheep and A Tribe Called Quest form a group to produce a song dedicated to Occupy Wall Street.

House: NPR remembers the DJ pioneer Larry Levan.

Rock: Irving Plaza plans a memorial concert for legendary nightlife operator Don Hill.

Drinking: Bartenders offer good drinking advice. Read this to improve your holiday experience.

Drinking: Barstool Prophets tell the story of #nightlife from serving behind the bar.

Crime: FBI makes several arrests linking organized crime to NYC strip clubs.

Tourism: ‎Closing the Tavern on the Green was a multi-million dollar mistake for NYC.

Have fun.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sex Lies and Holiday Parities

Nightlife Culture News for December 7, 2011
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City: A holiday gift idea for the nightlife native; Notes from the Night.

Dancing: An argument for the artistic merits of lap dancing is going to court in New York.

Dating: Tips on how to get back into the dating life after being out of the game for 5, 10 or even 20 years.

Dating: Is online dating just for free meals the best way to deal with a bad economy?

Fashion: Do we judge a girl's intelligence and sexual experience based on how short her skirt is?

Health: New survey from condom maker Durex points to a high degree of risky sexual behavior in the US.

Health: Will the FDA approved hangover cure Blowfish change the way we drink?

Sex: People can accept the idea of comfort food. Can they accept the idea of comfort sex?

Trends: The rough economy has taken the extravagance out of holiday parties recently, but they are making a comeback this year.

Have fun.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Arab Hip Hop, Jewish Hip Hop and the Importance of Nightlife Culture

Nightlife News for November 29th 2011
Complied by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City
‎A new essay from @NightCultureNYC explains Why Should You Care about Nightlife Culture?

Academics: I gave you a link on the various classes universities are developing about nightlife culture. Here is a feature story on Yale University's course.

Nightclubs: There are many misconceptions about what nightlife is really like. @clubplanet runs down the list of nightlife myths that need to be busted.

Reviews: Over 85 Yelp Elite reviews of local nightlife venues including new reviews of Double Seven, the Night Hotel and Elsa

DJing: A few tips for breaking into the DJ industry.

Hip Hop: Arab American hip hop artists create political rap inspired by the Arab Spring.

Hip Hop: Are we currently experiencing a Golden Age of Jewish hip hop?

Rock: We like to think that the indie rock scene and the hip hop nation are completely separate, but @SPINmagazine provides a timeline that shows the creative crossover between the two genres.

Have fun.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Juliet, Fire Island and How to Stand in Line at the Club

Nightlife Culture News for November 16th 2011
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City: Nightlife as a Marketplace of Transgression:

Drinking: Experts suggest that women should drink more whiskey. Of course the experts are selling whiskey, but that is beside the point… 

Nightlife Rituals: We don’t endorse standing in line, but if you have to do it. @clubplanet: offers some Do's and Don'ts of the Nightclub Line -

Hip Hop: @villagevoice: profiles Ralph McDaniels one of the pioneering figures in New York hip hop culture

House: 2011 was the year when EDM took over the American music scene.
Opinion: The lounges in New York according to @clubplanet:

Crime: People were shot and one man was killed in Juliet this week. Will the supperclub survive?  (Note: Anyone with information about this crime can contact the 10th precinct at 212-741-8245)

Disaster: The center of gay nightlife on Fire Island was destroyed in a fire. No one was injured.

Have fun.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Heavy D, Jay-Z, Kascade and Living with Your Hangover

Nightlife Cultural News for 11.11.11
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City
Sutra: Seven Years as a Hip Hop Icon:

Nightlife Culture Initiative: NCI is a nonprofit company founded to elevate nightlife culture. Find out more here.

The definition of nightlife culture:

New Reviews from Yelp Elite: 

A recent program to combat dating violence has cut instances of abuse by 50%.

‎In support of the single guy from @PsychToday

Burlesque: Can burlesque performances be a form of feminist expression?

Burlesque: Is Red Hook's Paris Cabaret a burlesque lounge or just a plain old strip club? from "@Gothamist

New Year’s Eve: Club Planet offers four tips for having a successful New Year’s Eve. Remember Tip #5 kids: Don't be an amateur.

A good life lesson, brought to you by @ThoughtCatalog: A Conversation With Your Hangover

Hip Hop: A new documentary called Rubble Kings explores the origins of hip hop.

Hip Hop: Jay-Z Talks About Hip-Hop's Impact on Culture from @vibemagazine.

House: An in depth look at the mega DJ named Kascade from ‎@nytimesstyle.

Jazz: 1959: Documentary revisits Miles Davis & Mingus from @openculture.

Rock: Rolex donates $3.5 million to bring rock music to the New York Public Library.

Heavy D: One of the most exuberant MC’s from the Golden Age passed away earlier this week.

Have fun

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sugar Daddys, Humor Boom and Hip Hop as a College Major

Nightlife News for October 20th 2011

Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

CMJ 2011: Visiting artists who are performing at this year’s indie music marathon compile a list of the best venues, snack joints and hangout spots in NYC:

Hip Hop Higher Education: Last year I did an article about the erosion of hip hop heritage ( ). This year, America’s dominant music form is being recognized by prestigious institutions. Georgetown is now offering a course on Jay-Z and the sociology of hip hop ( Not to be outdone, NYU is attempting to create a hip hop studies minor: ( Maybe hip hop history is safe after all.

Frankie Knuckles: The Guardian talks to the DJ icon about pioneering house music, having a street in Chicago named after him and losing his foot.

Erick Morillo: Pacha interviews this leading DJ about his new projects, his collaborations with Pitbull and Busta Rhymes and America’s new interest in house

Wine: Are you thinking about going back to school? Are you thinking about getting a degree in wine? Eater asks the experts if all that education is really necessary.

Tequila: If you are in the mood for tequila (and I know you usually are) check out this list of the NYC tequila offerings from Guest of a Guest:

Sugar Daddys: Time Out New York explores the sugar daddy subculture in New York nightlife:

Communidating: Guest of a Guest offers modern ladies some tips for dating in a digital world:

Sex Trends: Time magazine reports on a recent survey that shows decrease in teen sex, increase in condom use

New Venues
Humor Boom: First we had underground cocktail lounges, now Thrillist brings us a secret underground comedy club.

Michael Musto: The Village Voice’s resident nightlife icon picks The Best of NYC Nightlife

Have fun.