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New York's Velvet Ropes Return

Author: Jonty Skrufff (
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Victor Calderone attracted thousands of revellers to Crobar's NYE party in Manhattan last Wednesday, prompting the new superclub to screen customers via 'doorman to the stars' Gilbert Stafford, the New York Times reported this week.

"For the hundreds of losers who were turned away from Crobar's New Year's extravaganza last night, some pointers," the Times sneered.

"Leave the Today's Man get-up at home, don't show up with a posse of baseball caps, and, for God's sake, never, ever grovel."

The Times went on to suggest Crobar is trying to recreate 'the bad old days of 1980s clubbing, with a democratic jumble of pre-op trannies, Wall Street pinstripes and gangsta wannabes', though Skrufff's man-in-Manhattan Matt Kalkhoff was less impressed.

"Unfortunately, Crobar on New Years Eve was mostly straight people- messy drunk straight people," Matt complained.

"The music was great, but something just wasn't right. I love the venue and think it has amazing potential, but the overwhelming straight factor didn't help, the ratio was just too unbalanced. My other major complaint concerned the bar prices, it was $7 for a bottled water (£4)."