New York nightclub legend Steve Lewis joins us in studio this week for an insider's perspective on the history of New York nightlife. Topics include: Using Humphrey Bogart’s Casa Blanca character as a behavior model while surveying the early club scene. The early pre-corporate danger of clubs when they were owned by wise guys. The evolution of the nightlife industry through the 80s and 90s. “Now People Go To School For This Shit.” The origin of our conception of “bottle service” and the ying and yang of it’s influence on club atmosphere. How 9/11, cell phones, and the flight of Yuppies to Brooklyn has changed the internal geography of the club. Pushing the envelope, risk-taking, and his 10 months in prison.
Read Steve’s column, “Good Night, Mr Lewis” on BlackBook. http://bbook.com/nightlife/the-101-greatest-clubs-of-all-time-goodnight-mr-lewis/