As summer rooftop parties dwindle, autumn brings new possibilities and old friends.

Ever since I was a child, I hated everything end-of-summer. Back-to-school sales and the song “Boys of summer” always started in August giving a gloomy warning of the impeding school year about to start.  Now an adult and school teacher, my feeling has changed deeply. I can enjoy every season, whether I’m working in the dead of winter or enjoying sunshine on a beach.

I’ve had an extraordinary summer and checked out many events in the city, including: Revolving Dansk’s Danish hot dog launch party and Mr. Sundays outdoor dance fest in Industry City in Brooklyn.

Mister Sunday outdoor DJ party

Mister Sunday outdoor DJ party

And who can forget AfroPunk in August?

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And then there were the ubiquitous summer rooftop parties: swanky and always by the dozen. My childhood fear of heights was forgotten while chatting with new friends and enjoying the odd voddy cranberry.

 

The numerous parties, however fun, brought a familiar repetition of events. The same craft beer fests, barbecues and the same socialite meetups start reappearing. And then you wonder how many DJ yacht tours (although don’t miss Rinsed Coke Yacht on Aug. 29!!) and all-white parties can you attend. Could you really say “this white party was not as white as the other?”

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Then, there were regrets of things I missed. Why did I not go to the Hot Sauce festival in Brooklyn? Honestly, I don’t even remember. And what was I doing that was so damn important to miss the Veuve Clicquot polo match? As usual, I can only say: I dunno.

With summer on the decline, I welcome September with open arms. New kinds of events are popping up and the old-reliables, or my chums as I call them, are back after the summer hiatus. The Japan Society, Alliance Française, NY Fashion Week are just a few things that are on the radar.

A new season also brings new stuff to explore in the city. For example, the Future Food Expo in Brooklyn will feature loads of vendors and craftsman showing their new products to the public.

Brooklyn Coffee and Tea expo in Greenpoint

Brooklyn Coffee and Tea expo in Greenpoint

I can’t wait to go and see what their doing. I will definitely follow up with a event review for you all. As the French and German consulates resume their activities and Edible Magazine and the French Cheese Board showcase new tastings, I will add these as early as I can.

For all upcoming events, be sure to check out my calendar – which include the details, tips and nearby spots to enjoy some refreshment. I will recopy some choice nuggets to the Event Preview section on this blog.

In addition to the events, I will also include upcoming promotions from department stores like Saks, Barney’s and Bloomingdales and affordable sample sales as Soiffer Haskin, Privé and Clothing Line awake from their summer slumber. Check my section “Are we not men?” for reviews on new trends and styles.

With so many more events springing up in the upcoming months, it’s going to be a fantastic fall season. Whatever you fancy, I hope WhereNYC help will get you up out your seat and out and about in the city.

Preview: Rinsed Elements Dance Party Aug. 22, 2015 @1pm

Event: Rinsed Elements Dance Party Aug. 22, 2015 @1pm

When: August 22nd, 1:00pm
Where: Secret Waterfront Location TBA on the day of
Damage: Tickets on Eventbrite Early bird reduced-priced tickets (1st and 2nd tiers) are sold out
Stay Connected with Rinsed: Facebook link

Rinsed 5th element

I know I should have given a heads up much earlier; however, I was sunning myself silly in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Rinsed is back after their Museum of Artificial History Party for another warehouse dance event.

The waterfront location is allegedly secret, but on the flyer there seems to be one at the bottom. I would definitely check into that before going.

Here’s what I found on the Facebook page:
“691 Colombia St Brooklyn NY 11231. Smith St. F/G Stop. Shuttles running from train or 15-20 minute walk.”

I’ve been to a couple Rinsed parties thanks to one of my friends who’s pretty plugged into the dance scene. The parties are usually in Brooklyn, but they sometimes surface at Le Bain in Manhattan as well as on the Circle Line boat.

As for the music, it’s a fantastic blend of house, disco, funk and R&B with some pretty experimental stuff. I’m a big house fan, but there’s always something there for everyone. The best bit about these parties is that they’re all different in terms of themes and DJs.

Spirikal’s useful tips:

  • Buy your tickets early. With some exceptions such as the parties at Le Bain, they usually are sold in three to four tiers with first being the cheapest. Be aware that the prices hike as the event draws nearer. Unfortunately first and second tier tix have already sold out.
  • The location is announced the day of usually by text or E-mail.
  • Dress code: Remember this is a dance party so you don’t have to treat this like you’re at a wedding. Stylish, fly, fun and comfortable are the basic guidelines you should follow.
  • Bring cash for drinks. Paying with credit card or starting a tab may be risky because you can easily lose track of your card or have to pay a minimum fee.

 

 

Preview: Eurocircle End of Summer Yacht Party Thurs. Aug. 27, 2015

Event: Eurocircle Yacht Party (After party at Hotel Chantelle)

Date and time: Thurs. Aug. 27 2015 from 6 to 8:30PM and after party begins later

Location: Pier 16 in historic South Street Seasport, Lower Manhattan

Damage: $16.82 includes service fee. Click on link: Eurocircle Tix

What is Eurocircle? If you haven’t been to a Eurocircles event before, then you should definitely check it out. A girlfriend of mine introduced me to this swanky group earlier this year at the Ganesvoort Park Avenue rooftop.

Message from Eurocircle:

End of Summer Yacht Party on board the hottest rooftop bar this summer the Zephyr Yacht followed by our after party starting at 8:30pm at Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002) – free for all EuroCircle members & guests who say EuroCircle at the door.

The cruise is a ticketed event – less than 25 tickets left so get your tickets today before we sell out!
Enjoy a cash bar of custom made cocktails, drink specials, bar snacks and great music by DJ Chris Bachmann.  Take in the breathtaking 360 skyline views on any of their three decks and party alongside NYC’s sexiest crowdSpirikal’s useful tips:

  • You must register with Eurocircles to attend, but it’s free and unlike French Tuesdays, you don’t have to be nominated by an existing member.
  • Bring your business / greeting cards. You will have loads of opportunities to meet new people.
  • Dress code: Summer chic:  These parties are generally swanky so dress to impress but stay in season. For guys, a jacket is highly recommended if not obligatory.  Good grooming and hygiene are also musts! Don’t look like a slob.
  • Bring friends. I’d recommend bring a mixed group of guys and gals. I find it much easier to mingle with others if you come with a group at these events. Why? Generally, people come and talk to you when you’re with a mixed crowd in my experience.

 

Preview: Nichibei Exchange 日米 Colloquium Wed. Sept. 16, 2015

Event:  Nichibei exchange round table event with Scarby Smith who shares his decades of experience of working in Japan and with the Japanese people.

Date:  Wednesday September 16, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: Epstein Becker & Green 250 Park Avenue (@46th St.)

Damage:  Free but you must RSVP (seating is limited) https://www.facebook.com/events/440488172804433/

You must join Nichibei’s Facebook page to RSVP.

International affairs enthusiasts, academics and Japanophiles make up the bulk of this round-table lecture series, which after a year-long  hiatus is back at Park Avenue and now headed by Laura Jackson. Discussions are in English, and topics range from Japanese cuisine, culture, and sports to international business and foreign affairs. All

Nichibei events begin with participants and visitors intoducing themselves; just name, rank and serial number if you get my drift. After each lecture, there is a brief Q&A, followed by a meet and greet.

Personally, I really like this exchange because I always learn something new and meet new people. The events are small so it has a more relaxed feel.

Spirikal’s tips:

  • Events are free but seating at the round table is very limited so RSVP early.
  • You must bring a photo ID for the security desk. The guards are generally used to these events.
  • Bring your business or greeting cards for the networking bit, and on a cultural note, Japanese introduce themselves by exchanging business cards (using two hands of course ^^ ).
  • Business attire is strongly recommended. Most of the particiants are professionals and are coming from work.
  • If you feel like a nightcap or a bite afterward, there are loads of options within 10 minutes walking distance. See list below:
  1. Hagi Izakaya and Sake Bar ($) cheap grub with loads of sake.
  2. Iroha ($) also owners of Hagi downstairs. Casual, reliable Japanese cuisine with booze. Great value and good seating. Sapporo, a Ramen shop is just next door if you fancy a bowl of noodles.
  3. Udon West ($) a reliable Izakaya, great price, pitchers of beer and good grub.
  4. Whiskey Blue Lounge at the W Hotel on 50th and Lexington  ($$) Upscale whisky bar with the Oasis Lounge in the lobby of the W. Bear in mind that the Waldorf Astoria has a really nice old school wine bar across the street.

Preview: Nihongo no Chat at the Japan Society Fri. Sept. 11 2015

Event: Nihongo Chat (Japanese chat)

Date: Friday Sept. 11, 2015 (The event is reoccurring. See below for upcoming dates)

Time: 6-7:30 PM

Location: The Japan Society

Damage: $5.00 (refreshments provided)

If you are interested in practicing your skills in Japanese or would like to start, then join Nihongo Chat at the Japan Society in by the UN. It’s only $5 and open to all. There are plenty opportunities to meet lots of people. Many of the participants are taking classes at the JS, but this event is open to all.

Please RSVP to language@japansociety.org call 212-715-1293.

Upcoming Chats – Mark your calendar!
Thursday, October 29
Friday, November 20
Friday, December 11

Spirikal’s advice:

  • From my experience, the crowd is diverse from college students to retirees. Each time I’ve gone, I’ve met more people and learned something new.
  • Dress code: Casual / business is fine – coat check/ cloak room is not always available
  • Bring friends or go it alone. It’s cheap!
  • The refreshments are limited, but there are plenty of cool places you can continue your chat over night cap. All are within 10 minutes walking distance  Please see the list.
  • Aburiya Kinnosuke $$ – very classy, great menu, slightly upscale
  • Riki ($) Izakaya, inexpensive, upstairs karaoke rooms
  • Sakagura Tricky to find because it’s tucked below in an office building, but has most extensive sake menu, good food,
  • Soba Totto $$ – classy, fantastic intimate sake bar, great find
  • Udon West($) You can’t go wrong here. Pitchers of beer, decent grub, fast service

Preview: Uomo Moderno Magazine Reception at Fashion Week Fri. Sept 11, 2015

 

 

Event: Meet the Designer Edoardo Francesco Gradi from Florence at New York Fashion Week

Sponsor: Uomo Moderno Magazine: Uomo Facebook Page

Date:  Fri. Sept. 11, 2015 (includes a special tribute to the victims of 9/11

Where:  The Cutting Room

44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(between Park Ave and Madison Ave)

Time: 7:30PM  After Party begins at 11PM

Cost: $20 (Limited advance tickets for with promotional code: BIRTHDAY See below!) Uomo Tickets

Code: BIRTHDAY$20 & 25 – Premiere Table Seating
Code: BIRTHDAYTABLE$35 – VIP Balcony with 1 Hour Open Bar
Code: BIRTHDAYVIP
Click on the link below

 

Line Up
6 Designers
Men’s & Women’s Catwalks
Fashion Vignettes
Live Music
Meet the Designers
Special Guest
Great menu!

Uomo Fashion Magazine has hosted previous events such as a rooftop meet and greet at the Ganesvoort Park Avenue, but I got an invitation to this one, which looks pretty interesting.

Although I haven’t a clue who this designer is, I suspect that there will be many who don’t know either. So, I won’t be alone on that one.  But hell, with fashion designers, fashion shows, live music and food and drink, you can’t go wrong for $10!

As for the venue, I have been only once, but that was for a birthday party for a mate of mine. My advice is to bring cash. Don’t be swindled. The barmaid tried to overcharge my credit card, which I had given to start a tab on our table. Somehow, she added four other tables as well. Ridiculous.

I’ve seen similar venues from Eurocircle and French Tuesday events. You can check out The Cutting Room’s homepage here:

Helpful tips:

  • Dress to impress. There is no excuse for shabbiness. Men, be relaxed but fashionable and your clothes should be definitely in season. Put your stylish jackets on and get your shoes shined. Accessories are cool as well as a nice polished bag.
  • Bring your business cards because this is also a good networking opportunity to connect with others – some who can hook you up with other events in the city.
  • Cash is highly recommended based from my experience of starting a tab at the bar.
  • Come with a friend. With the discount promo code, tix are half off but in limited supply. So buy your tickets early.
  • Get on Uomo Moderno’s mailing list for future events and promotions.

 

 

Preview: Rinsed: Museum of Artificial History House Party Sat. Aug. 15

EVENT: Rinsed: Artificial History at the Museum of Artificial History

Location: TBA on Saturday

Time: 11pm-12am open bar – and this party will go on all night into the wee morning hours

Cost: $28.15

Tickets are still available on Resident Advisor so act quickly

Sorry for not putting this up earlier, but I was away sunning myself silly in Los Cabos, but here’s the late preview. My apologies.

If you haven’t been to a Rinsed party before, they are fantastic. The music is generally an eclectic style of house with plenty of disco, funk and retro mixed in. Happily, you won’t hear the same stuff on Z100 or your gym. The parties are often in warehouses in Brooklyn (usually Williamsburg or Bushwick), but they are really fantastic.

You may have missed the early bird tix, but fourth tier ones are still available for $25+$3.15 handling fee.

For tickets, click on the link below to Resident Advisor

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?740125

DJ Line up

French Fries b2b
Bambounou
Max McFerren
Dan Wender
Blacky II

Disclaimer from Rinsed

Tickets are EXTREMELY limited, and nearly sold out, you know what this means. We aren’t here to explain things. That’s what the tour guides are for…

Open Bar Provided 11pm-12am

To maintain secrecy and continue to keep RINSED going, we only release the address to people who buy advance tickets. We have a limited amount and they’re first come, first serve.

Event Preview: Copenhagen Street Dog and Whisky Saturday August 16

Event:  Revolving Dansk Copehagen Street Dog

Location: Brooklyn Navy Yards /

King’s County Distillery

65 Flushing Avenue

Time:  1-10pm

Tickets $5 available through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hot-dog-and-whiskey-tasting-tickets-17862474141?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre

 

 

Greetings from mexico

My apologies for the last minute notice, but if you’re looking for something to do tomorrow (Saturday, August 16) then come enjoy hotdogs and whisky tastings at Revolving Dansk and King’s County Distillery’s all day event.

Come join COPENHAGEN STREET DOG for a WHISKEY TASTING and hot dog party! Bourbon, chocolate whiskey, moonshine? We are not yet sure which whiskey pairs best with hot dogs, but you can have hell of a time trying to figure it out.

Join us anytime from 1pm and 10pm for a specialty cocktails, whiskey tastings and good old fashion Copenhagen style hot dog eating in the outdoor bar.

Entrance and tour are free. Drinks, tasting, and food available for purchase.

Eurocircles Summer “Safari” Rooftop party Thursday Aug 13. 2015

 

Location: Empire Hotel & Rooftop – 44 West 63rd Street, New York, NY

Date: Thursday, 7-11PM  August 13

RSVP Here Eurocircle RSVP

NO Cover: Say “Eurocircles” at the door!

There will be $10 absolut drinks on special, as well as $10 champagne by the glass (make sure you get a stamp at the door to get these specials).  Food also available for purchase.

If you haven’t been to a Eurocircles event before, then you should definitely check it out. A girlfriend of mine introduced me to this swanky group earlier this year at the Ganesvoort Park Avenue rooftop.

The name Eurocircles sounds like some poncy Euro-centric organization, but their events are really cool and generally are closer to the weekends. They range from meet-and-greet lounge gatherings to full on dance parties, but I’ve had fun at all of them.

TIPS:

You must register with Eurocircles to attend, but it’s free and unlike French Tuesdays, you don’t have to be nominated by an existing member.

Dress code: These parties are generally swanky so dress to impress. For guys, a jacket is highly recommended if not obligatory.  Good grooming and hygiene are also musts. You will meet a lot of people at these events.

Bring friends. I’d recommend bring a mixed group of guys and gals. I find it much easier to mingle with others if you’re part of a group at these events. Why? Generally, people come and talk to you when you’re with a mixed crowd in my experience.

 

 

DJ Party: Rinsed Artificial History Aug 15 @ 11PM

RINSED IT party at Le Bain Dec. 12, 2014

RINSED IT party at Le Bain Dec. 12, 2014

Just a quick heads up to let you know that another Rinsed party is on the way.  If you feel like dancing to some really killer DJ sets, then you’ll definitely want to show up for this one.

I’ve been to a couple Rinsed parties thanks to one of my friends who’s pretty plugged into the dance scene. The parties are usually in Brooklyn, but they sometimes surface at Le Bain in Manhattan as well as on the Circle Line boat.

 

This event’s location is TBA, which means that it’s probably in Brooklyn – usually Williamsburg or Bushwich, but that could change. Ticket holders get a text normally around 9:00 with the location and address. So be ready on the day off.

IMPORTANT: FACEBOOK DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION – you must go to Resident Advisor and get your tickets.

Resident Advisor       http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?740125

As for the music, it’s a fantastic blend of house, disco, funk and R&B with some pretty experimental stuff. I’m a big house fan, but there’s always something there for everyone. The best bit about these parties is that they’re all different in terms of themes and DJs.

TIPS:

If you’re going to check it out, but your tickets early. With some exceptions such as the parties at Le Bain, they usually are sold in three tiers with first being the cheapest, usually $10:00. Be aware that the prices hike as the event draws nearer.

Dress code: Remember this is a dance party so you don’t have to treat this like you’re at a wedding. Stylish, fly and fun are the basic guidelines you should follow.

ESSENTIALS:

When: August 15th, 11:00pm
Where: The Museum of Artificial History, Secret Location TBA
How: Limited Presales on Resident Advisor
Stay Connected: By Attending on Facebook

Resident Advisor