With our fifteenth birthday just around the corner, we bust open the photo album from our epic ten-year birthday bash at NYC’s historic Webster Hall. Don’t believe us? Well, below is the proof. One roof, four floors, six iconic NYC parties, six open bars, and the one & only—Lil’ Kim live!
Today, after 131 years, Webster Hall—NYC's first modern nightclub will be closing its doors. The venue was home to legendary performances, (rumored) Al Capone's speakeasy, insane dance nights, and hosted Opening Ceremony’s 10-year birthday bash that took over all four floors, you read that right, all four floors. In our latest Dear New York—a series that pays tribute to historical landmarks that have made this city the icon it is—we look back at Webster Hall, sharing a tribute to a party we almost don’t remember (in a good way).
When we say goodbye, we often immediately reflect on all the good times (and alcohol induced bad times) that were the recipe of a perfect friendship. Our ten-year party at NYC's landmark Webster Hall was exactly that and one for the history books. For the 2,500 guests that attended the evening was great and most likely a little foggy (this can happen when there are six opens bars). So on the last day, Webster Hall is open, we recap the un-embellished & consistently said greatest-party-of-all-time (don't believe us, check the Instagram comments).
With careful curation and the right orchestration, a weekday night in NYC can be transformed into weekend night. Monday blues are cured, especially when you’re still awake from Sunday's party. A holiday in a sense, that you can design for yourself each day of the week. And on Sunday, September 9th, 2012, We did exactly that. By throwing the party of all parties at Webster Hall—to celebrate our ten-year milestone during New York Fashion Week.
This birthday bash not only celebrated us, but the family, friends, and iconic moments in NYC nightlife that have made and inspired Opening Ceremony to become the place it is, our home on Howard. Webster Hall served as a living, breathing museum of NYC nightlife past and present. Nothing was placed behind glass, the exhibitions ruled the night and beckoned the visitors to take part in the experience.
The second floor was an homage to Sway's Morrissey Night (+ The Hole) was red light district-lit with roses trailing across the floor and furniture. The Moz selections were curated by the original line up of Paul Sevigny, Spencer Sweeney, and the recently departed, downtown legend and close friend Benjamin Cho. Morrissey Night only existed on Sunday nights, and since it was Sunday, this experience moved past nostalgia and directly into the dance-floor of 305 Spring St.
Larry Tee's Berliniamsburg party Club Luxx was in full effect. Not only was Tee playing hit after hit, but was serving prime 2000's electroclash, the genre Tee created and trademarked himself.
Webster Hall (1886-2017), we'll pour one out for you, rest in peace.
Down in the studio, Venus X and $hayne's party Ghe20 Goth1k played with the cavernous section of Webster Hall. If you could see the open bar amongst the fog, then you might’ve also made it to the video photo booth.
In the ballroom, the angular Misshapes party of 2003 was revived to life, led by Leigh Lezark, Geordon Nicol, Greg Krelenstein, and Sophia Lamar. Up in the balcony lounge, Ladyfag and company delivered the disco hits. Oscar Sanchez and Va$htie's 1992 party followed next, featuring BRENMAR on the 1's and 2's, DEEMEHLOW MC'd, and played every amazing hip-hop track you've loved your whole life.
Are you following us? Have you taken it all in? Because yes, this all results to six parties within one party, some of our favorite New York haunts all under one legendary roof. But we’re not done yet … Wait for it. The craziest part, especially in retrospect, is that all these experiences were just the pregame to a 2 am Lil’ Kim performance. It was an epic, larger than life suture, to bring the entire night together. What did she play? Yeah, she played that. That song? Yeah, that one too. We can read your mind at this point, she played every song you can think of. The night would end with an explosion of confetti that would froth the entire crowd, the final touch of surrealism needed to question the reality that had taken place inside Webster Hall.