Friday, March 30, 2012

The First Annual Nightlife Culture Expo Special Coverage

By Gamal Hennessy

Your nightlife is an important part of why you live in New York. It gives you a chance to connect with others, escape our normal routines and express our creativity. The Nightlife Culture Expo is a celebration of that part of your life. As the president of the Nightlife Cultural Initiative I’ve tried to collect a diverse blend of attractions, performances and parties for you to enjoy. Here are some highlights of what we have for you if you join us.

The Performers

Little Louie Vega & Kevin Hedge: They created a signature blend of house and Latin music that has helped define the New York dance scene and they have agreed to kick off the Expo in a big way at Cielo.

Maor: The emerging artist will bring his music and his message about gay bullying and discrimination to Stonewall Inn as a part of the LGBT Appreciation Event

Paige Turner: This established queer icon graces the stage for a night of music and comedy as the headline act of the LGBT Appreciation Event

Rakim: He is one of the most respected names in hip hop. His Paid in Full album is a soundtrack its golden age and he will be performing a rare New York set at Sutra.

Rob Swift: The legendary DJ for the X-Men will return from his performance tour of Asia to provide the right music to celebrate nightlife culture and end our Expo on a high note at the double seven.

The Venues

Pleasure Palaces: Bars and Clubs as the Cradles of Nightlife Culture- The spaces that bars and clubs inhabit that become the frame and canvas for every other aspect of the nightlife experience. We have five very different venues all over downtown Manhattan spread out over the four nights

The Speakers

A discussion about the importance of nightlife culture is vital to this type of event. I have collected a panel of very well connected and insightful nightlife minds to discuss this topic during our brunch at Affaire. The panel includes

madison moore: Fashion and Fantasies

Paul Seres: Nightlife operator, advocate and President of the New York Nightlife Association

Shonali Bhowmik: From Nashville to New York

Steven Lewis: Celebrity Waitresses, Sex and the Sin Effect

We hope you will decide to join us for the first of many nightlife culture events. For more information and tickets, visit

Have fun.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The CBGB Festival, The Nightlife Culture Expo and the Subculture of Bottle Service

The Nightlife Culture Review for March 21, 2012

Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

The Nightlife Culture Expo 2012
From hip hop icons to house music legends. From underground artists to well known operators. From historic venues to the New York’s hottest clubs, New York has a treasure in its nightlife and the Nightlife Cultural Initiative is proud to announce the Nightlife Culture Expo. Visit our site to order tickets to shows featuring Join Rakim, Little Louie Vega, Rob Swift and more

Discussions with the Nightlife Think Tank
One of the highlights of the Expo will be a brunch seminar discussing the importance of nightlife culture to New York City. To explore this important subject, NCI has assembled prominent thinkers in the field. Here is a taste of the unique perspective each one brings to the table.

Steven Lewis: Celebrity Waitresses, Sex and the Sin Effect:

Michael Moore: Fashion and Fantasies

Shonali Bhowmik: From Nashville to New York


CBGB returns to NYC in July as a music festival instead of a music venue.

Literature and liquor mix on the Lower East Side.

Steve Lewis takes a roundtable look at the subculture of bottle service.

Have fun.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Join Rakim, Little Louie Vega, Rob Swift and More at the First Annual Nightlife Culture Expo!

The Nightlife Culture Expo 2012

We've got hip hop icons and house music legends.

We've got dance floors open all night and burlesque brunches during the day.

We've got underground artists and well known operators. We've got historic venues and today's hottest clubs.

We have four nights of nightlife culture and you can have it too.

Just click on the flyer, pick the events you want to attend and join us...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Michael Mele, the Metropolitan Museum and the Mystery of the Male Bottle Servers

The Nightlife Culture Review of March 8, 2012

Prince of the City

From Nashville to New York: A Nightlife Culture Interview with Shonali Bhowmik


Michael Mele gets 23 years in prison for taking Laura Garza out of a club and killing her in 2008.


Does New York nightlife need more male bottle servers and hosts?

A new art exhibit explores drag culture in New York nightlife.

The Metropolitan Museum attracts young patrons by reinventing itself as a nightclub.

The New York Historical Society is offering students a free course in hip hop this month.

New Venues

Mother's Ruin, Bas'ik and Wayland are among the best new venues in New York nightlife.  

Have fun


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Steve Lewis, High Technology and the French Invasion of New York Nightlife

The Nightlife Culture Review for March 1, 2012
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City
Celebrity Waitresses, Sex and the Sin Effect: A Nightlife Culture interview with the legendary Steven Lewis. 

Why Do You Enjoy New York Nightlife? There are seven major reasons that lure us into the night. What moves you?

NCI: Improve your nightlife. Join the Nightlife Cultural Initiative. 

Partez vous Francais? The New York Times writes about the growing French trend in New York nightlife culture.

Is Big Back?: Are the megaclubs ready to return to New York nightlife? And if they are, how will that impact New York nightlife? 

Hip Hop Holiness: What is the relationship between religion and hip hop? How do express their faith or disparage another in their lyrics? 

Mind Over Money: A new article looks at the transition of hip hop from social awareness to capitalist excess. 

The Liquor Locator: Will the new NYC liquor license map help or hurt New York nightlife?

Who Watches You Go Out? Can facial recognition apps help you find the perfect club and crowd every night? 

Have fun.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Guns & Roses, New York Fashion Week 2012 and Gay Marriage

Nightlife Culture News for February 15, 2012

Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Nightlife Culture Review

Fashion Week and New York Nightlife is a case of Love at First Sight, but why?

Improve your nightlife. Join the Nightlife Cultural Initiative.

Venue Reviews

We have new insight on 2A, One & One, Blue Smoke, Felice and Lucien plus info on 115 other venues.


The LGBT marriage equality victory in California sparks a celebration at a landmark of LGBT history, Stonewall.

Are NIMBYs resorting to vandalism to chase new bars out of NOLITA? If they are, it will be like pro-life advocates killing abortion doctors because they think abortion is murder.


EDM: Can XL bring dance culture back to New York nightlife or has bottle service and cocktail culture cleared the dance floor?

EDM: Question: What's the best way to ask a DJ to play a song at the club? Answer: Don't. If you’d like more DJ etiquette, read on.

Hip Hop: An insightful review of the new global hip hop book Close to the Edge.

Hip Hop: How has the financial crisis impacted hip hop lyrics and perspectives?

Rock: Can Guns & Roses start a comeback with their New York nightlife performance?
Have fun.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jay-Z, Bi-Sexual Rappers, Beer Pong Laws and the Evils of Bottle Service

The Nightlife Cultural Review for February 8, 2012
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Improve your nightlife. Join the Nightlife Cultural Initiative.

Prince of the City
Sexy, Rich, Creative or Connected: What is Your Best Nightlife Resource?
New Elite Yelp Reviews for venues including Norwood, Yotel, and Imperial No. 9

Hip Hop: Jay-Z brings the heights of hip hop to Carnegie Hall.
Hip Hop: Is New York hip hop ready for a bi-sexual female rapper like Azealia Banks?
DJ: Veteran DJ Seth Clark Silverman has advice to improve the music in New York City nightlife

Liability: NY court rules that bar operators are not liable for beer pong related drunkenness.

Bottle Service: Transworld News viciously attacked the exclusive club scene in New York nightlife.
54 Below: Nightlife maven Michael Musto opines on the new cabaret 54 Below.

Have fun

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CBGB, XL, Ice-T and Meleni Smith

Nightlife Culture News for February 1, 2012

Complied by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City
My Heart in Focus: A nightlife culture interview with Ms. Meleni Smith

CBGB: Would the revived punk rock venue be a great revival of punk rock or a sad tourist trap?
Reborn Dive Bars: The recently shut down Mars Bar is reborn as an art exhibit.

Hip Hop: A review of Ice-T's hip hop documentary Something from Nothing
Opinion: DJ Stretch Armstrong rejects the concept of the celebrity DJ.

NIMBYs get a new tool to track their complaints about New York venues.

New Venues
The Time Out hotel and its XL dance club made a massive splash in New York over the weekend.

Have fun

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tiesto’s New Video Series, Garza’s Killer Confesses and Drinking with Your Eyeball

Nightlife News for January 25th, 2012

Nightlife Culture
The Nightlife Cultural Initiative attempts to bring more life to nightlife.

An architectural firm in Hong Kong has designed a nightclub that isn’t connected to the ground. It stays up by hanging from surrounding buildings.

An in depth essay on the Social and Psychological Benefits of Pre-gaming.

Is the CDC exaggerating the rates of binge drinking in the US?

More female sommeliers are becoming prominent in New York nightlife.

Eater offers some good advice on how to order a drink based on the type of bar you visit.

Are you bored with just drinking your drink? If so, check out these eight strange new ways of ingesting alcohol.

Michael Mele admits to killing Laura Garza after taking her out pf Marquee in 2008.

Brooklyn NIMBYs attack rooftop and outdoor bars.

Are anti-nightlife sentiments rising in Hells Kitchen?

A new university course explores hip hop as a teaching tool.

TiĆ«sto launches a new web series to document the life of the DJ.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Live Music Apps, Pitch Black Dining Rooms and Whiskey in a Can

The Nightlife Culture Review for January 11, 2012
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Prince of the City
How to Find Live Music in 2012: There are hundreds of live musicians playing in New York nightlife every week. Here are a few apps to help you find the ones that are right for you.
New Elite Yelp reviews for 2012: including UCB Theater, Henrietta Hudson, Sons of Essex and Cellar 58. 

‎(From @DNAinfo) A landmark Harlem firehouse is going to be reborn as Afro-Caribbean Cultural Institute. Hopefully it will include exhibits on the contributions jazz, reggae, salsa and other art forms had on nightlife and New York in general. 
(From @nightculturenyc) One photographer documents how social media has impacted nightlife.

(From @VoiceStreet) A cab driver was recently arrested for the rape of an early morning passenger. There is no indication from this story that the alleged victim was coming from a club, but it is a scenario that could easily involve nightlife patrons so awareness is key, even after you leave the club.
(From @nightculturenyc) Michael Mele: The alleged murderer of Laura Garza goes on trial this week. Garza was last seen leaving Marquee.

(From @nightculturenyc) Is a can of whiskey (that holds 8 shots) for $5 a great idea or a disaster waiting to happen? You can’t close a can once you open it, so the incentive to drink all 8 shots at once will be very strong. Who knows what your incentive might be after that…

(From @nightculturenyc) Hip hop: Emerging artists from NJ prove that local artists continue to influence East Coast rap. 
(From @nightculturenyc) DJing: The Respect the DJ movement brings the spotlight back to the people behind the decks. 
(From @CMJnetwork):  Artist submissions for CMJ 2012 are open now via @Sonicbids
(From @EaterNY) A new high end spot called Dans Le Noir offers patrons the chance to dine in a pitch black room. Candle lit tables are romantic and sexy, but how dark is too dark?
(From @nightculturenyc) Is the case against Escuelita bar about public safety or anti-gay bias? 
(From @nightculturenyc) This recent retrospective looks at the historic evolution of Julius, one of New York's oldest gay bars. 

Have fun.