Things That Go Bump in the Night
On Saturday night, Matt Kliegman, Carlos Quirarte, and Taavo Somer—the men behind such downtown hot spots as The Smile, the Jane, and Freemans—put on a Halloween party in an abandoned building on 28th Street that promised "13 floors of vacant goodness." The space was indeed bare-bones: Picture oil drums, Porta Potties, holes in the wall, a tricky winding staircase, industrial equipment, and plenty of dust and rubble. The background served to throw the costumes into high relief: Kirsten Dunst showed up as Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver; Rogan Gregory was Christ, complete with a crown of thorns; Michael Stipe's black clump of balloons represented oversized caviar; and Michelle Trachtenberg was a kinky Marie Antoinette. A thrifty one, too, apparently. "Do you know how much this wig costs? Like, $1,000," she said. "I just knicked it from costumes."