NCI President Offers Seminar on the Importance of Nightlife Culture Next Week.

The Nightlife Cultural Initiative (NCI) in cooperation with the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) will be hosting a webinar next Tuesday entitledThe Business and Culture of New York Nightlife.”

The goal of this discussion is to tie the public support of nightlife with its economic success. A strong nightlife industry stimulates job creation, tourism and cultural development. However, if public perception focuses only on the negative aspects of nightlife and ignores the benefits, the entire industry and its related markets can suffer. The city as a whole can be weakened. This webinar will highlight the cultural benefits nightlife brings to any city and explain the challenges that nightlife currently faces in New York City.

The speaker, Gamal Hennessy, is the President of NCI and author of the book Seize the Night. RHI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to assist businesses and communities to plan safe and vibrant nightlife areas. This webinar is part of RHI’s Sociable City program which includes regular discussions online and in conferences designed to enhance and facilitate hospitality and nightlife nationwide.

Anyone interested in participating in this or any other Sociable City event can find more information on their registration page.

Have fun.

Gamal Hennessy

Vital Information

Date: Tuesday, September 11th

Time: 10:00 am- 11:00 am PST

Cost: $50


Two Boots Celebrates its History in the Lower East Side


Nightlife culture includes a wide range of creative elements from music to culinary arts to visual spectacles. It has a broad appeal not just for exclusive audiences but for the wider community. Two Boots, a long-time resident of the Lower East Side community will be celebrating its anniversary with an evening of music food and entertainment this Thursday.

At first, you might not think of a pizzeria as a part of the nightlife community, but anyone who has emerged from a bar or club in the middle of the night knows the importance of late night sustenance. Two Boots has been providing grub to the nightlife community for 25 years and is planning to celebrate with an outdoor festival at the East River Park Ampitheater. They are calling it the World’s Best Pizza Party and they are working with Summer Stage, AT&T and the Onion for this free event. There are over 100 performers and artists scheduled to participate including:

Luis Guzman

Nuyorican Poet’s Café

The Sierra Leone Refuge All Stars

Odetta Hartman

Lady Circus

Grolsch and Smutty Nose will be providing the beer and of course Two Boots will be supplying the pizza.

Mike Rosen is the spokesperson for this event. He told me that this event is about recognition. Two Boots knows that much of their character, history and success comes from the Lower East Side and the nightlife community. Over the years, they have worked with various local groups including the Lower Eastside Girls Club, the Lower East Side Ecology Center and Time's Up. This enormous pizza party is just another way to give back to the people who support them. The mainstream media is very quick to report on stories that paint nightlife and its related operators as blights on their community. This event does more than show that local businesses like Two Boots contribute to the community. It shows that the elements of nightlife culture can be shared and enjoyed by everyone.


Event: Two Boots Anniversary Concert

Cost: Free

Date: Thursday August 23rd, 2012

Time: 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Place: East River Park Amphitheater

Twitter: @TwoBootsHQ

Have fun.


Tastemaker Spotlight: Vivian Sessoms


NCI is proud to announce a new program that spotlights the people who bring creative energy to New York Nightlife

Vivian is a New York gem who has performed with a wide range of A-List talent including Diddy, Michael Jackson, Cher, Joe Cocker, Chris Botti and Pink. Her previous albums as part of the group Albright have gained critical acclaim in independent music circles and her voice has been heard live around the world. She’s bringing her sound back to New York in 2012 with live performances and a new album, so she definitely needs to be on your music discovery radar.

  • Genre: Jazz/ Soul
  • Hometown: Harlem, New York
  • Inspirations: Roberta Flack, Barbara Streisand, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Alison Krauss, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole
  • Previous Performances: BAM, Village Underground, Rockwood Music Hall, Jazz Standard, Blue Note and Radio City Music Hall.
  • Latest Project: Heart (scheduled for release Summer 2012)
  • Next Local Performance: Sunday April 22, 2012 at Feinstein’s




Vivian at CDBaby

Vivian on Youtube

Vivians Blog


Have fun.