THE FROGGE has been BLACKBOOKED!

Dearest readers… Happy Sunday! Today is a very special day for The Frogge and I would like to share it with all of you. The Frogge is so pleased and proud to announce that she has been mentioned in the December issue of Blackbook Magazine (page 99 to be exact!) as a nightlife blogger, New York based actress, club kid, and overall important contributor to the New York City nightlife scene.

The article was written by NY nightlife legend Steve Lewis… The man who was behind iconic clubs such as Palladium, Limelight, Tunnel, Danceteria, The World, Red Zone, Club USA, Plaid, Spa, Butter, Marquee, Aspen Social Club and many, many more… (Oh, and did I mention he is in the process of designing 8 new clubs?)

The article is called “The Kids Stay In The Picture” and was inspired by a photo that was taken in 1989 at infamous Michael Alig‘s annual party called The Changing Of The Guard… And here it is…

Michael Alig's 1989 Changing of the Guard Party @ The Red Zone

Exactly 20 years later, Steve Lewis wanted to make it a point that the scene has not disappeared. In fact, it is alive and well. He explains in Blackbook that, “Back in Alig’s day, the annual ‘Changing of the Guard’ party and group photo announced a who’s-who of upcoming club kings and queens. To usher in the new decade, we’ve done the same with the classiest crop of pleasure junkies.” And without further adieu… Here we are…

Club Royalty: The Class of 2010

In case you are wondering just who is in this picture… The Frogge shall explain…

(From left to right in the back row) Mr. HUNTER THOMPSON: Stylist, professional crumper & dead animal collection/ DANZIE: DJ, music specialist & blogger… Check her blog out at zdanz.com/ Mr. SAMUEL VALENTINE: NY nightlife promoter, event host & band booker/ THE FROGGE: writer of THEFROGGE.COM (obviously) & actress/ Mr. PATRICK DUFFY: Owner of Serpentine/ Mr. YING CHU: Fashion designer/ KENDRA MARTYN: Door girl @ The Tribecca Grand Hotel/ AXEL KOHLER: Menswear designer/ EPIPHANY GET PAID: Performance artist/ LAUREN DILLARD: DJ, NY nightlife promoter, event host, musician, member of the band Creep/ APRIL CHALPARA: Band member of Figure Study/ NADIA KOCH: Co-Owner of Home Sweet Home/ ALEX CHAPMAN: Stylist & clothier/ LIBBY BROOCKS: Jazz singer & photographer… Check her pix out on fulltimefriend.com (From left to right in the front row) Mr. JERMAINE JAGGER: Designer & DJ/ WILLIAM MERRELL: Bartender & tooth-and-bone collector/ DJ NITA AVIANCE: DJ at Mr. Black/ ONE-HALF NELSON: Designer, host & overall eccentric/ JAMES COPPOLA: Promoter, event host & founder of fulltimefriend.com…and last but not least… LADYFAG: Performer, writer & nightlife personality.

To quote Lewis in his article, “With Alig tucked away in an exclusive venue with a very tough door: the upstate prison where he remains incarcerated today, a new generation of style-savvy merrymakers has risen to carry the torch.”

NYC nightlife, the real nightlife (cause you know that I am definitely not talking about the dive bar on the corner of 33rd street & 3rd ave.) is more than just “going out and getting some drinks.” (If you treat it that way… well, that’s exactly why  you aren’t in this picture.)

What you have to, need to understand is that nightlife is a place where artists of all kinds (actors, actresses, DJ’s, musicians, writers, designers, stylists, photographers, ect) come together and exchange ideas, exchange creative energy… Whether its hearing a new great song, discovering your new favorite band, seeing a piece of clothing that you just need to have, meeting your new best friend, seeing something that you have never seen before, doing something that you never thought you would do… The nightlife is our perfect fantasy land where we go to escape the mundane… It’s where we go to let our alter egos play with all the other alter egos… To grow, to learn, to see, and most importantly to push the boundaries… to defy normalcy… because nothing is more boring than being normal.

We know that carrying the torch is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it, and I couldn’t be more honored that its us.

RIBBIT OF THE DAY: I gotta give the ribbit to Marilyn Monroe when she said, “Imperfection is beauty; madness is genius. And it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” I think this quote perfectly defines the nightlife, the kids, and the beautiful movement that we are a part of.

Love your friend,

THE FROGGE ❤

*A big thank you to Mr. Steve Lewis for writing this beautiful article and giving us kids the recognition that we deserve. Check out his column GOOD NIGHT MR. LEWIS and get your very own copy of Blackbook magazine at a magazine stand near you! (Mila Kunis is on the cover and she looks F’n HOT!!)

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9 Responses to “THE FROGGE has been BLACKBOOKED!”

  1. …this HAS to be a joke, right? half these people are ONLY seen at straight up B&T clubs…

    *I weep for NYC*

  2. Dear “Bland,”

    The Frogge weeps for you.

    First of all… it just sounds like you are jealous. A few good kids who contribute A LOT to the NYC nightlife scene get a tiny moment in the sun (which we deserve, as most of us have been contributing to this scene for YEARS,) and you have to try to rain on it… that’s just pathetic with a capital P.

    Second, what you said doesn’t even make sense… Half (or more) of the people in the picture are gay, so no, they do not only go to straight clubs.

    Third, who died and made you the King of Cool? Where exactly do you go that is sooo great? Please, enlighten me, I’d love to know… You can email me at TheFrogge@gmail.com and share all of your “special insider secrets.”

    Oh yea… and next time you decide to leave an obnoxious comment on my page… at least have the balls to back it up by putting your name on it! Anonymous comments have no value to me… it’s very, very easy to talk shit from the comforts of behind your computer screen, isn’t it?

    Love (I am not so sure if I want to be) Your Friend,

    The Frogge ❤

  3. Im cool with this article.. I was around for the tunnel days and the club kids, and i still talk to Richie Rich. Those were the glory days and things have def changed. AT times i get tired of the scene and rather just get some coctails and good food. But i still get the itch to hit the scene hard and if you know where to look you will find it. I was just at butter on thursday night for the whipped party and it was pretty good. I heard theyre now moving it Baddies so we’ll see how that venue works out. But im 30 and im born and raised in the nyc nightlife scene and im still going strong. yes it has its peaks and valleys but at the end of the day its all about the crowd, and music and who youre with. Bland you sound like youre B&T.. hitting up Marquee and Griffin Friday night?

    • Dear Adam… You’re sooo lucky! I WISHHH I was around in those crazy club kid days, but in those days, I was like 4 years old-ish, stuck at home watching Nick-at-Nite… But then again, I also wish I was around in 1968 because I know I would have made a kick ass hippie as well… I guess what I am saying is, is every time period has something interesting going on, and you are right… if you know where to look you will definitely find it… I know I can find it when I want to… There are some AMAZING things going on in this city right now… Like Sunday night, I had such a great time watching my friend Kayvon Zand perform at Vandam… Speaking of Baddies, I have been meaning to get on over there… I’ve heard mixed reviews… Some love it and are calling it “The New Beatrice” whereas others hate it and says it’s “too small, pretentious, and poorly decorated.” Any thoughts on this subject? I’d love to know! Thanks for becoming a friend of The Frogge.

      Love your friend,
      The Frogge ❤

      • yea i hear that, i wish i was raised in the 60’s too! lol. Owell. I’ve actually never been to Baddies either, i heard the same reviews as you though, small, pretentious.. Im sure it wont make the status of the next Beatrice, we would have heard that news by now :). It did try to claim that though when it first opened, but doesn every new, chic, hipster, underground spot? lol. i heard that place that used to be Civetta in Nolita is working with the owner of Beatrice to get a lease signed. That place i feel like could be the perfect fit, very cool space. Anyway im curious, do you usually have your “go-to” parties during the week or is it more along the lines of, “whever theres going to be a good time” type of attitude? Will you be going back to Sway Sunday?

      • Yes… Most of these new, chic, hipster-ish spots do try to claim that they are The New Bea, and in my opinion that is a huge mistake. The kids that loved (and STILL love) The Bea will not let it be replaced so easily, so any place that claims to be The New Bea is really just setting itself up for disappointment and criticism. I have heard the same rumors as you, about The Bea possibly reopening in a new spot. (On a different note, I have also heard that The Jane will be reopening in about 3 weeks…) But back to Bea, Nolita is by far my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan and I think that be an A-Mazing location. There are some places that I tend to frequent more than others, but as far as weekly parties go… I have been trying to mix it up. I think this city has a lot to offer and getting stuck in the same cycle week after week after week isn’t a good plan for A Frogge who is trying to see it all… That said… Where do you go? I’m always down to check out places that I’ve never been before…

      • hey Frogge.. sorry havent replied, so how was the weekend? any good spots, scenes, to report? well to answer your question i prob go to similar spots, nothing you havent heard before. Ive actually been shying away from the club thing recently, not sure why just havent been inthe mood to “deal”, ive been frequently been at esquina, chloe, Beast, and cocktail lounges. ive been doing more live music venues like nublu, which is a great spot. So how often do you post? you should give breakdowns of your weeks agenda and reviews of parties/events/ etc.

        thanks Frogge,

        ciao ciao

      • Dear Adam,
        I never have a weekly agenda 😉
        I just blow where the wind takes me.
        I think things are much more interesting that way.
        I guess that is because I used to know where I was going to go on what day of the week, and when you think of nightlife like that, the parties get old quick.
        I am glad to hear that you are supporting the live music scene! That is very important to me as well. Sometimes I see so much live music in one week, that I think my ears are going to bleed (in a good way.)
        Nothing is more important to me than supporting local artists… Glad you feel the same 😉
        Love your friend,
        The Frogge ❤

  4. Opps.. forgot to mention, i like your blog.. ill be following 🙂

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