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NYCity Nightlife…

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Community, Food / Dining

With countless options throughout the city, another topic often debated city wide is the  best nightlife.  Here are a few places in no particular order that keep the city up all night…

Brandy Library
25 N Moore St
New York, NY 10013
Set in the heart of TriBeCa’s legendary restaurant and entertainment scene, the upscale, erudite lounge known as Brandy Library is a great place to catch your breath (and look good doing it!) at the close of the day. Booze, not books, line the floor-to-ceiling shelves behind the candle-lit bar, and the skilled waitstaff has a veritable cornucopia of top-flight bottles on hand, from aged single malt scotches to a 1945 Darroze armagnac. If a bite or two is in order, their menu doesn’t disappoint thanks to high-brow offerings like tuna tartare, croque-monsieur and Valhrona chocolate cake. TRAIN: A, C, E to Canal St

Campbell Apartment
15 Vanderbilt Ave
Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY 10017
Located in the former office of 1930s entrepreneur John W. Campbell, this posh cocktail bar beckons with rich decor, fine vintage wines, champagnes and liqueurs. You’ll find an upscale crowd here including suit-and-tie types, and the bar fills up quickly most nights. With many fine restaurants just steps away in the Grand Central Terminal, this really should be on your agenda for a nightcap after a great meal.

Art Bar
52 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-727-0244This West Village institution might seem rather unassuming, but rest assured, Art Bar hasn’t lasted for almost 20 years simply by being average. Up front, a narrow path bisects the room — booths and tables on one side, the bar on the other. It’s a lively (and sometimes crowded) spot. However, the real charm lies in the back room. The loud and boisterous mood gives way to a relaxed, L-shaped lounge that is well-stocked with plush, worn-in couches and shrouded with drapes. Of course, there’s artwork arranged all around — be sure to check out the modern interpretation of da Vinci’s Last Supper. 

281 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
When it first opened, Pravda was one of those places that only the pretty people could enter. Today, the restaurant/lounge is still a favorite among some local sophisticates but not the glamour scene that it once was. Fortunately, though, Pravda has managed to maintain a bit of mystery (of course, the sub-level location helps) — from antique Russian furniture to its speakeasy-type atmosphere. If it’s vodka you’re looking for, this is the place to get it — with over 70 different varieties and ten house-infused flavors, you’re sure to find something suitable. Just be prepared for the prices. Those looking for something a little more romantic will want to head to the upstairs bar area, which is a great place to have a quiet one-on-one conversation.
source: Best NY Lounges


New York City meet Ron English.  As far as art goes, English is on the forefront of pushing the envelope.  His many works can be seen in museums and also on display at various art exhibits throughout the city.

While Ron does create art for indoor display, English’s M. O. is pirating billboard space by posting his own hand-painted designs over the existing ads. Ron has created his own anti-ad campaigns in Texas, New York and New Jersey. Camel’s “Old Joe” has often found himself replaced with ‘The Cancer Kids” , while those lovable “Kool” characters have found themselves “Forever Kool”, six feet under. In addition to these works of anti-advertising , billboards comment and reflect upon current events and social conditions, some are just fun and or carry personal messages without overt social commentary.

Evicting corporate mascots from their top dollar billboards is frowned upon by their sponsors and by the law enforcement establishment, so Ron is careful to do his dirty work under the cover of daylight. If he were spotted working at night it would be obvious he was engaged in illegal activity. On the other hand, when Ron and his cohorts work by the light of day, they appear, like Coke, to be the real thing.

View Ron’s Controversial Billboards Here!