Yesterday, we interviewed Trevor W., the fictitious gatekeeper who stars in the mockumentary The Doorman, but, let’s face it, the actual doorman (and model-actor) Fabrizio Brienza is the movie’s flamboyant, depraved scene stealer (for some real hilarity, check out “Cooking With Fabrizio”). Brienza is seen working the door at defunct Happy Valley in the film — but where can you find the hirsute Italian now? Per a Good Night Mr. Lewis interview with Danny A. of Upstairs, it turns out that he’s the rope tender at Danny A.’s month-old venue, Rose Club, in the Plaza Hotel. This alone makes us want to go uptown, and boy does Danny A. spend a lot of time telling us how totally not far away uptown is!
Danny A.: I’ll be honest; it’s not a huge transition uptown. It’s not a long trip. If you look at a group of girls, it’s a $10 cab ride to the Plaza.
Steve Lewis: From where?
DA: From anywhere downtown.
SL: And every once in a while you go to the park, so it’s not as intimidating as 63rd and Amsterdam. It is the park.
DA: People assume, ‘I have to go all the way uptown.’ In reality, at nighttime – I’ve done it plenty of times just to figure it out – at nighttime it’s a seven-, eight-minute cab ride.
SL: People are going to Johnny Utah’s now, on 51st Street.
DA: Once a week.
SL: They are going, so they are used to going to that neighborhood.
DA: It’s being pushed in that direction, but I like to think of it as if you’re already going out, it doesn’t really matter if it’s uptown or downtown. I mean, I wouldn’t go somewhere on 90-something street. I think that’s ridiculous.
But what about a group of girls taking an eight-minute helicopter ride to 90-something street? Would that be okay?