It turns out that NYC nightlife is not over at all; in fact, it’s ovah! (Or going to be.)
I’ve long been saying that when the current crisis is behind us, clubbing will make an even bigger comeback than Glenn Close. People are itching to socialize again and besides, there’ll be a lot of empty, lower-rent spaces ready to be seized on by game (and gay) entrepreneurs.
And sure enough, promoter Frankie Sharp—known for stimulatingly scruffy parties like Westgay and the Williamsburg bar Lovegun—is not only going to bring sexy back to nightlife, he and his partners are going to bring the life back to it.
Whenever we get out of semi-lockdown, Sharp and company are set to open a four-story gay club in Times Square/Hell’s Kitchen called The Q. “We’ll be ready to open doors the moment we’re allowed to,” Sharp told me, “but I may sit and monitor society and community until we’re all ready to be on top of each other comfortably again. I want to be the answer to our trauma, not continue to be a part of it.”
“Will the place feature drag queens?” I queried, going out on a gay limb as always.
“Well,” Sharp replied, “it’s officially going to be the largest queer-owned and operated nightlife venue in Manhattan. Whatever that looks like post-pandemic that’s safe for everyone, yes. Essentially, I’m taking all of my events I’ve ever done in New York in the last decade–nightclubs, cabarets, live music, and drag–under one brick and mortar roof. Aside from the four-floor/five experiences in the venue, we’ll have a full kitchen as well. Enjoy live jazz, performance artists, and drag shows on the ground floor duplex, kiki with your friends or make sexy new friends on the second-floor lounge that also has a secret room hidden behind a tufted wall (I’ve aptly named the room ‘The Gentlethem’s Club’), and eventually sweat it out all night long on the dance floor on the top floor nightclub that houses a towering, 20-plus-foot ceiling. Everyone’s going to love the view from the suspended catwalk up there.
“I’m opening with two partners–architect and builder Bob Fluet of Boxers NYC and promoter Alan Picus–and the three of us will bring you a well-rounded program, considering our different and unique experiences in NYC nightlife. There’s also a board of like-minded celebrity investors from Broadway, TV, film, and the fashion industry with some very big names that I will reveal soon.”
Wow! This sounds fun enough to get HK guys to actually look away from their cell phones for a moment. And they will even get their cardio done as they zoom up and down the steps in search of the best possible thrill.
The Q is already my favorite thing about 2021, and it’s not even open yet.