Eat Pray Loving Penthaus Fridays at the Copacabana

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I don’t know what it was about the end of 2012 but rather than party hopping and trimming trees up and down the Hudson I felt like looking for quiet tidings of comfort and joy while I hibernated at my chateau up in Washington Heights.  Once the ball dropped and 2013 began, however, I whipped out my camera and took to the Copacabana where my friends Justin Luke, Alan Picus, Paige Turner, and the hotties at unveiled Penthaus Fridays, the hottest new party in New York City.  I saw friends posting on facebook about how long the lines were to get in the second week of this hot new party and people tweeting about how cold they were standing out in line while sexy nightlife personalities were strutting in with their magical winks and smiles.  I was deciding on whether to wear hoops or studs and rolled in fashionably late once the party was in full swing.  Wild and seemingly uninhibited Latin music welcomed me as I passed dark unmarked doors on my way up to the Penthouse.  I took a mental note that if the party was a bust (it wasn’t, naturally) I would find a way to sneak one flight below to whatever Spanish debacle awaited me behind door #1.  When I reached door #2 I couldn’t have been more delighted.  Boys were serving shade and smiles on the dance floor as they shook everything God gave them like it’s always been 1999.

I was immediately mobbed by fifteen friends I haven’t seen since Thanksgiving and pulled into the adjacent room where socialites and local and infamous drag queens greeted me with open arms and fierce ensembles.  Paige Turner, Bianca Del Rio, Rebecca Glasscock, Ivy Winters, Maddelynn Hatter, Pattaya Hart, Nomi Sas, Fifi DuBois, and Porsche Pink were all present and photographers Richard Burrowes and JJ Mack worked the crowd.  I was lost for a good hour in the crowd before running into my pal Justin Luke.  I couldn’t be more proud of my friend.  The crowd was sexy, fashionable, and having a blast.  Three drinks in I felt as if I was turning into a pumpkin.  On my way out I ran into Drag Race All-Star Mimi Imfurst, who stopped for a photo op with the adorable Ivy Winters out of drag.  Look out for Ivy on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Not only is Ivy sweet but she can knit, sew, and create a garment like she’s a finalist on Project Runway.  Tune in later this month for more adventures and things that go bump in the night.

I’m off to the City of Angels to pound the pavement in Hollywood for awhile.  See you all soon!

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