The Vixely team relocated to NYC for the last week, inspiring a Sunday Link Love centered around our favorite isle – Manahattan.
In case you missed Radiohead‘s show last week on the 37th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, their performance of an as-yet-unreleased number called “Staircase” is beyond awesome. In this clip, the band performs the song with guest percussionist Clive Deamer, who has previously worked with Robert Plant and Portishead. The song is subtle and sexy, and totally sick. We LOVE you Thorn Yorke.
Time Out New York‘s most recent issue was all about sex and dating in New York City – one of our favorite themes! In their list of top hookup bars around Manhattan, they featured both Joshua Tree and…wait for it…DORRIAN’S RED HAND. We couldn’t help but share:
Dorrian’s Red Hand
“If your turn-ons are boat shoes and button-downs, this American tavern has you covered. Keep to the front of the venue for civilized interactions and music (Billy Joel is a favorite). If you prefer dry humping to Top 40 hits with postcollegiate Ivy Leaguers, venture into the small low-lit backroom. On any given night, especially weekends, you’re almost guaranteed to find a group of finance guys tossing down Jäger bombs and making out with girls in pearls. 1616 Second Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts.”
Wait, all this time we’ve been going to Dorrian’s for the fantastic oldies jams, and you’re telling us it’s a place people really go to blackout and hookup? This guide is apparently also written for people who might consider eating at Dorrian’s for dinner. Frankly, their assessment sounds about right. Although, we wouldn’t go as far as to say anyone in the back or the front of that bar is “civilized” or necessarily an Ivy Leaguer. A man sporting a cashmere cable-knit under a navy blazer at Dorrian’s likely attended Trinity College, not Harvard.
The whole excerpt is actually too annoying to read; it’s an anecdotal tale that we’re pretty sure sums up exactly why you shouldn’t go there, unless you want to be involved in this type of scrappy scene: “The dance floor, lined with 12 massive flatscreens, offered singles a great place to meet while thrusting pelvises to the refrain of ‘Sunglasses at Night.’ Judging by the bounty of attention I received in my modest, black button-down dress, ladies and gents can expect to get hit on whether they bring their A-game or not.” Great song, but…ew.
The magazine also profiles several “artsy organizations” you can use to, ya know, give to a good cause and meet singles – true altruism at its finest. The organization with the highest number of singles as members (a whopping 75%) was The Foreign Film Club. Nothing like meeting some emotive, vino-loving European guys with fabulous pants and shoes to either open your mind to the different types of men you might be interested in, or remind you that dating American dudes really isn’t that bad – provided they have an artsy side.
The Foreign Film Club
“The scene: ’Here, you’re not only single, but you’re surrounded by singles with the same passions as you; our members love other cultures and many can speak another language,’ says Nestor Masckauchan, the organizer of the massive Meetup group—it has more than 3,200 members—for fans of subtitled flicks. Foreign Film Club’s bimonthly screenings begin with drinks, which gives you plenty of time to find a movie-watching buddy, and end with a discussion session and second cocktail hour, where you can sidle up to a fellow cinema buff and rehash the protagonist’s motives. Location varies; visit foreignfilmclub.org for details. Fri 22, $15.”
Speaking of artsy, fabulous artwork is always sexy. If you’re an art enthusiast and dying for paintings that capture the melancholy and, dare we say, industrial beauty of Manhattan, take a look at Kim Cogan’s work featured at Gallery Henoch on 55 West 25th Street in NYC through October 15. (Open to the public, prices range from $3,500 to $25,000.)