Hamptons season is in full force! And I received a slew of invitations this week to parties out there. And here’s my agenda! If you’re free, join me!
August 5th – Grey Goose and my SPiN family are hosting a party! Don’t forget to RSVP at [email protected] for complimentary admission.
August 13th – I’m on the host committee for Harboring Hearts and we’re throwing a Summer Fete to benefit cardiac patients and their families in their time of need. We are also offering a bus service for attendees coming from the city for the evening. For more information and tickets visit www.hhsummerfete.charityhappenings.org.
All summer long, Gilt City has a Hamptons summer house and is offering exclusive food, fashion, and wellness programming for their members. From private
On January 19th at the American Museum of Natural History, Susan Sarandon, Jonathan Bricklin, Will Shortz, Rob DeSalle, and Wendy A. Suzuki lead a panel discussion appropriately called ‘Your Brain on Ping Pong’, on what’s so great about the sport and the effects
I’m not a very big birthday person. I used to be when I was younger; my mom would stress out over what to do for me ‘since nothing was ever good enough’. I supposed I just wanted to feel special on my big day, although looking back that’s pretty funny. Then again it did make for some very memorable birthdays.
This year I had mixed feelings about even celebrating; however after traveling most of the summer I realized it was the perfect excuse to just invite everyone I haven’t seen in months and whoever showed showed, whoever didn’t, no big deal. It fell on a Tuesday so I wasn’t expecting a crazy turnout anyways.
Considering it was my day and I get to do whatever I wanted, it came as no surprise to most that I decided to have it the ping pong social club/bar, SPiN. I wanted to do something fun and low key that didn’t require a lot of planning, had a bar and served food. And the best part about SPiN is how spacious it is (and I never have to worry about feeling too crowded whether I have 10 or 100 guests). Plus the owners Franck and Jon are practically my brothers, so it
By now some of my avid readers have probably noticed I have thing for ping pong. Unlike most table tennis players, the obsession doesn’t come from a table in my basement or game room in my college dorm, but from a few friends.
Once upon a time these friends, filmmakers Jonathan Bricklin, Franck Raharinosy and Bill Mack all lived together in fabulous loft in TriBeCa and bought a ping pong table. They started playing, didn’t stop, friends would come over, more tables we’re bought, more friends would come over and eventually they started throwing a weekly party/tournaments named Naked Ping Pong. While no one was actually naked, the parties attracted everyone and anyone from jocks to hipsters to nerds, artists to celebrities and everything in between; creating a diverse environment that was effortlessly fun. In those days I didn’t play, but I wasn’t the only one, and it didn’t matter. The mix of great people and music in such a social atmosphere made it still one rockin’ party.
With all the press they we’re receiving and popularity of the parties they decided to take their idea to the next level. Together with investors Susan Sarandon and Andrew Gordon they opened SPiN New York; a 13,000 square foot table-tennis social club complete with a gourmet restaurant, Ducks Eatery and bar.
A very belated thank you to everyone who called, texted, emailed, sent cards and came to my birthday. You all made this day very special for me. Leila and Natasha (and Jon), I really appreciate you helping me get ready.
Brad Stevens, my most favorite tattoo artist who doesn’t know it yet, but is going to draw me a belated birthday picture.
To Daniel Feld for the AMAZING necklace he made me out of a butterfly wing from the Amazon (I love it so much!).
To Spin New York for hosting a wonderful birthday and showing my guests a great time. I think I worked off all the calories from my birthday drinks playing ping pong in my heels.
To Ducks, the restaurant at Spin for the great food and Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich that was better then any cake I could have asked for!
And especially to the LOVES of my life who got me the jazz band, the Mad Jazz Hatters from one of my favorite restaurants, Moto to play my party. This is probably one of the most amazing gifts I’ve ever received.
The custom lyrics about my life they worked into their songs was really the icing on the cake!
Susan Sarandon may have played a Queen in Exit the King, but off stage she remains on her thrown as the Queen of SPiN. Susan, alongside owners Bill Mack, Franck Raharinosy, Jonathan Bricklin, and Andrew Gordon welcomed guests to their 13,000 square feet table tennis social club this past Thursday to their grand opening hosted by Vanity Fair and Hermes.
The celebration and space was nothing short of pure magic.In fact it was out of control AMAZING.With a 30 ft bar and lounge that looks into the 23rd street subway station and 17 ping pong tables on Olympic caliber flooring, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen (and after 8yrs in NY, that’s rare).
The room was filled with members, celebrities, heartthrobs, models, nerds, hipsters, fashionistas, Olympians, legends, reporters, artists, bankers, – oh and Spider-Man. No matter your status, age, or playing ability, Spin offered an equal playing field and allowed us to be kids again. They gave us game time on their courts and served gourmet popcorn and grilled cheese compliments of their restaurant, Ducks.
Guests played dress up in Hermes scarves while waiting for their turn to be photographed.Not only did the full size pictures print out instantly, but it also allowed you to enter your email address to have the images sent to your account.
I clearly had a lot of fun with this feature.
Later on the party continued in their private Fred Perry room.