In the late 1960s, Warhol and his eclectic following of artists, actors, models, and socialites moved to the Decker Building, not far from East 16th street. Their sixth floor location was the scene of many a wild night, contributing to Warhol’s immortalization in the hearts of contemporary artists, modern day scene makers, and culture buffs alike. This Saturday evening, reliving one of Warhol’s New York nights is as easy as dressing up and heading downtown (camera to document your revels optional).
Karaoke One 7
No, it’s not a mirage in the desert of your downtown fantasies: New York’s largest song catalogue—80,000 to be exact—exists at this popular lounge devoted to the late night art of karaoke. From “Wonderwall” to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” choose a beloved favorite or a current hit, and belt out loud in the company of good (nonjudgmental) friends.
The Living Room at the W
While the W Hotel may be heralded as a posh place to stay for a weekend in the city, it also caters to those simply looking for an atmospheric spot to hang out on a Saturday night. The hotel’s ground floor lounge, designed by prominent architect David Rockwell, is only enhanced by a stellar view of Union Square. While you may only go for a sip from their seasonal drink menu, ordering an appetizer from celebrity chef Todd English’s Olives menu is also a must.
Let’s face it: Many of the dining options around Union Square can get pricey (read: dessert at Max Brenner’s). At Republic, with its communal seating and modern design, you can watch the chefs whip up your fresh, healthy dish in the open kitchen for a price that won’t blow your weekend budget. Head downtown to discover a new favorite noodle dish, and maybe even make a new friend or two off campus.
The “18 miles of books” boasted by this iconic Manhattan store really will surprise and delight. While you’re strolling through the aisles (the staff is highly knowledgeable and loves to make recommendations) or rummaging through the cheap reads on the carts outside, you might just stumble upon a rare collection of photos featuring Warhol and friends, or an interesting biography on the iconic artist. Keep an open mind, and an eye on the time during your visit—after two hours of browsing, you won’t know where the evening’s gone.
You never know what ghosts of the past might be drifting through this night club and concert venue, as its original building opened more than a century ago. Today, many of the best up-and-coming bands and beloved artists choose the venue to play late night shows. Come October, you can also attend the annual Halloween festivities held at the midnight hour.