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Bruce Tantum, Clubs editor:
"Harkening back to a lost era when clubbing was a communal experience and a shelter from the outside world—rather than a place to show off your $400 bottle of vodka—the deep-house-and-classics soiree Body & Soul is the spiritual heir to fabled clubs like Paradise Garage. The celebration, helmed by DJs Joe Claussell, Franois K and Danny Krivit, was once weekly but now occurs only a few times a year. That serves to accentuate just how special it really is."
Nicolas Matar, owner of
"Deep Space with Franois K at on Mondays. It's one of the only remaining weekly residencies in New York. [As for an essential party not at Cielo,] 718 Sessions with Danny Krivit—because it's the best monthly soulful old-school New York house party left."
Larry Tee, hit-songwriting machine and club promoter/DJ:
"I like the parties in Brooklyn at that new unnamed space on North 8th Street between Driggs and Roebling. But that leaves out the gays. I think Vandam is a fantastic Sunday night party, but that leaves out the straights. We have a conundrum! To me Body & Soul is kind of gravestoney. I'm always chattering about the music that's yet to come, not the music that's enshrined. It's a tremendous New York experience, for sure, but so is a trip to the Empire State Building—and you probably already went there last time you were here."
Sleepy & Boo, DJs at Basic NYC Boo:
"Our essential party is our own, Basic NYC—that's the only thing we ever really go to. It's become an institution for house, techno and everything in between. We're proud of having a solid, fun music night where there's no door policy." Sleepy: "We do also go to Cielo. One essential is Deep Space [with Franois K]—it's a very important party."