Like a mirage that appeared and vanished, the legendary Studio 54 — the club that ruled late 70’s early 80s NYC nightlife — opened last week for just one more night thanks to a spectacular party organized by Sirius Radio.
I was 17 on Studio 54’s opening night. I went regularly, twice a week for its duration. Last week, we danced and danced and danced just like back then!
Back in the 70s, parties were everywhere and seemingly unforgettable … Jacqueline Onassis’s Victory Dinner for the landmarking of Grand Central Station at the Oyster Bar … Coming Out Parties at El Morocco complete with Lester Lanin live … Listening to Bobby Short play Cole Porter at the Carlyle … “Midnight Snack” at the Algonquin, seated in the lobby in a leather armchair … and of course, indolent moments reflected in the looking glasses at Café Des Artists. I thought that the world and that life would always be this way!
The world changed but we did not … and how wonderful to have shared this glorious event, with my friends, showman Gregory Nalbone and the legendary Studio 54 star Rollerena, who is the subect of a photo exhibition through the end of October at the Jefferson Market Library.
Naomi Campbell, Keith Richards, Cameron Diaz and of course Baristaville’s own Frank Gerard Godlewski partied the night away at last week’s one-night-only return of Studio 54. See more photos of Frank, Rollerena and Gregory Nalbone, who will be performing next week at the Metropolitan Room.