Addison Group brings a touch of glam to fuddy duddy Herald Square. Swish rooftop bar on 18th floor of Courtyard Marriott continues trend of unassuming hotels proffering “destination” nightlife. Stylish interiors are all Scandinavian cool with fantastical Tom Dixon lighting and occasional touches of cheek. All leads onto sprawling terrace, where your Monarch cocktails can be taken with Empire State views. The royal way, of course.
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Every so often, a sporting event captures the collective consciousness and the world jumps at the opportunity to pick sides, pick a venue and enjoy together. This past weekend was one such event, a boxing match billed as the “Fight of the Century.” The most appropriate venue, outside of Vegas, to watch two superstars duke it out happened to be the opening night celebration of the highly anticipated OVERTHROW NY Boxing Club. Housed behind an unmarked door at 9 Bleecker Street, the former residence of off-beat music, arts and activist venue The Yippie Museum, OVERTHROW officially opened its doors for the first time. This multi-floor venue houses everything from a ring and practice facility to plenty of programming for those involved. There will be classes and matches and more. And of course, there’s an underground boxing league on the basement level. OVERTHROW’s founding partner Joey Goodwin, known as “the Soho Kid” and a former Golden Gloves contender, enlisted eight trainers, including professional boxers, former Olympians, and male models. Casses starting at $34 — now might be the time to pick up some gloves.
Overthrow was named after a publication The Yippie Museum had produced over the course of its 41 year residency of the building. It aims to provide a place at the cross of boxing and punk rock. And as the evening unfolded, it became quite clear how they’ll achieve it. As tequila cocktails liquored up attendees across all three floors, raucous boxing matches mingled with DJ sets (by likes of May Kwok) and a musical performance by David Peel. Pastings, posters and installation art lined the walls. An array of high profile New Yorkers filled the venue. And when the regular programming ceased, the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight commenced.
Though the fight would be a let down for most (except boxing aficionados who could bask in the slow-burning strategy), and see the highly controversial Mayweather extend his undefeated streak, the venue itself delivered an experience worth talking about. People have been waiting over five years for a MayPac battle. New Yorkers have been hearing about OVERTHROW since June 2014. The wait is over. But for those who were disappointed with the nearly $400 million dollar fight, there’s still an opportunity to step into the ring.
Super-sized, so room aplenty for diversity of crowd and sound. Populist music program includes dance, hip hop, pop, and rock DJs. Big-budget sound and light, although décor is by-the-numbers: slick red circling banquettes, backlit stairs, upper balcony reserved for VIPs. Bottle service available for those still not put off by such practices.
With Tonic gone and the Knitting Factory banished to Brooklyn, subterranean joint helps fill the holes in the downtown music scene. World music is the focus, crowd shifts from night to night with the regions. Low bottleneck entry opens up into unexpectedly big room, with tables facing the stage and a long bar. Tapas menu looks to Turkey and Spain, picks up a little Indian along the way. Name comes from a Romany journey, come join your fellow cultural gypsies.
Thompson LES’ party den. Stephen Sprouse prints harken to downtown ghosts, while shmancy $15 cocktails shout out to hood’s posher present. If you have the card, you’ll skip the line and head right up to the top of the LES; otherwise, dress to kill. Hotel guests get the preferential, natch.
Young Hollywood still flocks to Richie Akiva’s wood-paneled homage to deforestation. Hallway tube leads to soaring main dining space, which resembles the inside of a just-popped roll of Pillsbury dough. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli serves up surprisingly hearty grub, with heavy meats and greenmarket veggies. Downstairs Birch Room lounge carries on tree theme. Models, promoters, and assorted trustafarians strike up desultory conversations about themselves.
Airbrushed bikini babe artwork. Pool room in back, stage down under, balcony for swinging, and plenty of elbow room all around. So spacious we sometimes get lost walking to the bathroom. Dyke-O-Rama Saturdays, be scared and titillated at the same time. Esoteric beer list served up by friendly staff. Live bands from friendly indie to skull crushing noise.