Hiro Ballroom, the two-story subterranean dance hall loved by hipsters and Midtowners alike, will be closing its doors come March, according to employees at the Maritime Hotel, where the venue is located. Also closing at the hotel is Matsuri restaurant. And while none of this should come as a huge surprise–rumors have been swirling about who would take over management of the club and restaurant space since the fall– now we finally have an answer to that particular burning nightlife question. Marc Packer–whose name is usually synonymous with the Strategic Group founders like Noah Tepperberg, Jason Strauss, and Rich Wolff– will be taking over management duties at the Maritime spaces. Mr. Packer is best known for his work at Las Vegas’ LAVO club as well as Tao.
So what can we expect in the space where Hiro and Matsuri once were? Something that sounds suspiciously like a Stefon-themed nightclub, if his former work is any indication.
The adrenaline of Deadline Tuesday makes me twitch out a little (unlike Ben, who is habitually cool as a cucumber). So now that I’m trying to wind down, I could take a lap around the block, or…bad pun coming… wait for it, wait for it!…I could just take a stroll.
Ugh, I know. And I’m Read More
May is the new April! Other lessons learned this week: Not every woman can pull off the blousy-tunic-over-jeans look; starlets continue to shrink; men don’t like it when you chomp down on their nuts; and it’s not a cold, it’s allergies. O.K .! Tonight is a special one for those in catty media Read More
For a long time I’ve wondered what would happen if I lost my wallet in the city-would I get it back?-and I finally did it, five times, on Aug. 12. The Republicans gave me the excuse: What better time to test the response of New Yorkers to misfortune? More personally, I’ve had an ongoing argument Read More
Another Scene on the Scene:
Trattoria Strikes Pose in Chelsea
It was a freezing night, and the wind lashed across the icy terrace of the Maritime Hotel, where empty tables, bereft of chairs and striped umbrellas, made the scene as forlorn as a beach resort in winter. The cold was so intense that the Read More
It’s boots season, ladies, but the city is also burstin’ with balls , so keep your glass slippers by the front door. Tonight the Central Park Conservancy -the folks who keep Central Park beautiful and save the taxpayers a bundle-unveils a “Mystery and Masquerade” ball (costumes encouraged; black tie accepted), where you’ll Read More