Tight Fright with their audience at the conclusion of their tour kickoff at Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, 10/27/17 at 10p.
New York City partied hard over the weekend and today is a bit of an intermission before we celebrate all over again tomorrow. My annual marathon of Halloween party portraits took me all over town and culminated backstage with Fatboy Slim after a raucous two-hour set that shook the block-long entirety of Bang On’s Warehouse of Horrors.
Tender Trap owner Darryl Nau (center) with his party bus crowd en route to the Tight Fright afterparty at his Greenpoint venue, 10/27/17 at 10:30p.
In Williamsburg, local band Tight Fright also packed the house for an all ages show at Knitting Factory that was taped for TruTV and included a post-show afterparty bus by Greenpoint’s Tender Trap.
Photographers Jay Blakesberg (right) and Rosie McGee (left) at their Grateful Dead book signing at Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho, 10/28/17 at 5p.
In Manhattan, I spent time with two different generations after going to Morrison Hotel Gallery for the launch of Grateful Dead photography book Eyes of the World and then to Secret Loft for a party featuring live aerialists.
Aerialist Ariel Lasevoli (top) with atop the attendees of Secret Loft’s Halloween party, 10/29/17 at 1a.
I even visited Queens twice: first for filmmaker Andrew Shirley’s encore NYC screening of Wastedland 2 at Superchief Gallery, in Ridgewood.
Filmmaker Andrew Shirley (bottom, with attendee on piggyback) at the conclusion of his Wastedland 2 screening at Superchief Gallery in Ridgewood, 10/28/17 at 1a.
And then to an all-ages show for hometown promoters Taking Back Queens, in Bayside.
Legends of You with their audience after headlining Taking Back Queens’ Halloween Show at the Hollis Woods Community Church in Bayside, Queens, 10/28/17 at 11p.
Saturday afternoon saw the gathering of two different two-wheeled groups that resulted in two different outcomes. At one end of Bushwick, the motorcyclists of Motorwolf completed a charity ride for Puerto Rican Hurricane relief that ended at The Cobra Club with a concert by Cruel Miracle.
Cruel Miracle with their audience during the afterparty for Motorwolf’s Puerto Rico relief ride at The Cobra Club in Bushwick, 10/28/17 at 6:30p.
It was a nice warm-up for the Club’s Sixth annual Zombie prom. Simultaneously, out on the neighborhood’s far end, next to Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, the Black Label Bicycle Club’s 14th annual Bike Kill gathering was halted by the police though the club was permitted to be on the same private property they had rented two years earlier.
The staff of East River Bar and Tender Trap with friends at the first location of Bike Kill in Bushwick, 10/28/17 at 2p.
Not to be deterred, Black Label simply saddled up and took the party to its original home in Bed-Stuy, where chaos reigned as their tall-bikes jousted and each other.
The attendees of Bike Kill at its second location in Bed-Stuy, 10/28/17 at 9p.
The end of my weekend took place Sunday morning along the Newtown Creek aboard the boat Schamonchi in Bushwick where JunXion’s Myk Tummolo performed a set for his private afterparty.
JunXion’s Myk Tummolo and Lindsay Arden (center) with friends after Myk’s early morning DJ set aboard the boat Schamonchi along Newtown Creek in Bushwick, 10/29/17 at 11a.
The friends he gathered arrived from a variety of places all over the city and everyone had an exciting story to tell. The tale I told his guests was about how over the past 37 hours I’d taken 24 group portraits in 16 different places of New Yorkers enjoying Halloween in their own way. With the recent debate over Columbus Day still our minds and the madness of the December holidays ahead I was happy to report that folks of all stripes were both celebrating Halloween and actually enjoying it.
Merc The Big Body Benz at the concluson of her set for Brooklyn Wildlife’s Halloween Costume Party at Gamba Forest Gallery in Greenpoint, 10/27/17 at 11p.
The staff of Long Island City’s Artist and Craftsman with the artists of their Halloween Party, 10/28/17 at 1p.
Bob and Shirley founder Ashley Benzwie (center) celebrating the birthday of friend Pablo during her Boo party in Prospect Heights, 10/29/17 at 12a.
Fatboy Slim on his way home after headlining Bang On!’s Warehouse of Horrors in Bushwick, 10/29/17 at 3:30a.
The Golden Pony after closing out Warehouse of Horrors with Bang On!’s founders Tim Monkiewicz (center, arms raised) and Brett Herman (seated in tux), 10/29/17 at 5a.
DJ Detlef (top) with friends during his main stage set for Bang On!’s Warehouse of Horrors in Bushwick, 10/29/17 at 4a.
The attendees of Bang On!’s Warehouse of Horrors in front of Orijins’ DJ bus-stage, 10/29/17 at 5a.
Bang On!’s artists in their lounge at Bang On!’s Warehouse of Horrors, 10/29/17 at 5a.