News cameras galore may have been trained on Ivan Kane’s appearance at last night’s contentious CB2 meeting, but uptown an equally compelling drama unfolded as CB4’s business committee pondered the liquor-license renewals of the Roxy, Pacha, Crobar and Pink Elephant, and Sol — oh, just about every megaclub in the city!
A board member tells us that the Crobar–Pink Elephant space, now owned by Opium Group, is poised to become more loungelike, in the vein of both Pink Elephant and the group’s Miami club Privé. The owners are said to be bringing 3,000 pounds of crystal (no, not meth) to New York and adding banquettes. The committee was impressed with the presentation and seems inclined to recommend approval as long as the owner works with them to reduce the space’s current 3,000-person capacity.
The owners of Pacha, Sol, and the Roxy didn’t show. The committee will recommend denials to the first two based on outstanding violations (and particularly fierce opposition to Pacha, which earlier was seeking to add a roof deck) but seem to be inclined to let the Roxy enjoy a new lease on life so long as the club (until its building is torn down, anyway) takes care of trash and security. Word is, Wednesday-night roller skating may be coming back.
The Hog Pit, whose rent is said to be escalating to $40,000 per month once a Ralph Lauren store moves in, is planning to relocate to 23rd Street and Tenth Avenue, and will likely have the committee’s blessing so long as it reduces its weekday closing time from 4 a.m.
So there you have it — strap on those roller skates!