Blasblog: One Weekend, Two Birthdays
No one needs to be told of the weather that New York experienced this weekend: the first fully sunny, fully warm couple of days of 2009 in this busy city. But while every single tourist in town seemed to stop and admire the city on my block, the real fun happened after dark. Jessica Stam’s birthday party was Friday night at a new club—”it’s not even open yet,” she explained—on Eighth Avenue called The Gates. Joining her were a good smattering of fashion folk (current Chanel campaign girl Heidi Mount), downtown types (DJ Harley Viera Newton), and the requisite Gossip Girl shout-outs (Chace Crawford and Jessica Szohr). The model, who turned 23, went all out with popcorn machines, a cotton candy stand, and a photo booth that got a little racy for some of the guests. On Saturday, the Thompson Hotels’ Jason Pomeranc hosted his own birthday party at his Thompson LES hotel; his group was similar to Stam’s but expanded into more social genres, like pop music (Jesse McCartney) and society (Byrdie Bell). Ever the businessman, Pomeranc timed his fête with the opening of Shang’s second-floor terrace. “I just did it to look popular,” the hotelier jested. “This way it looks like I have a lot of friends, but I’m sure everyone just came for the cocktails and food.” He was being modest. Several hours later, his pals Paz de la Huerta, Yigal Azrouël, and Crawford were still partying at Above Allen, the club on the hotel’s 7th floor.
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