XL and THE OUT NYC :: Setting the Stage...
The bright lights of the neon city have always shined brighter along the Big Apple’s 42nd Street. It’s the metropolis’ main thoroughfare and the center of culture and commerce. It’s the path along gritty streets of New York City upon which new visitors set their first steps. And when Madonna migrated from Detroit on a mission to take over the world, she asked the cabbie to drop her in the middle of everything. The middle was Times Square.
It’s only fitting that focus will set on the city’s newest destination at the center of it all. On Thursday, March 1 at 10am the official ribbon cutting ceremony took place inaugurating THE OUT NYC - a new urban resort experience poised at changing the scheme of nightlife and providing a desirably new texture to Manhattan’s party culture. Suddenly the weekend just got a whole lot more interesting.
After only a couple of weeks the location’s mega-dance club, appropriately christened XL, has eagerly satisfied every club-hungry reveler’s expectations. The gents at FV Events, Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio moved their ultra-chic Friday night party "RockIt" to XL and have succeeded in lining up the pavement leading up and around 42nd street.
Long Time in the Making
To anyone who grew up on the fabled nights at the legendary Roxy, it’s no surprise that John Blair and Beto Sutter, collaborative partners, have brought back the magic that’s cooled its heels in the New York nightlife scene, and every expense and
effort has been expended at making THE OUT NYC much more than meets the eye.
"We’re super proud, but still completely overwhelmed," Sutter happily admits. "We started with the basics, but now we’ve implemented so much more into the space. Everything is so new, including the building itself." Including the 14,000 square foot, state of the art party space, the resort complex will host and house ample accommodations for a weekend retreat, a full-service restaurant, gym and spa, in a luxurious setting ready to revive the senses.
"We’ve gone through this before," added Blair. "At one time we had (the original bar and lounge) XL, Limelight and the Roxy going on during the week - this is pretty much the same thing...except the difference is: this is our place. It’s all under one roof."
It’s something that the ambitious duo has been working towards for the last 25 years.
If the dance floor inside the new XL is reminiscent of the aforementioned Roxy it should be - the room is meant to harken back to the Saturday night that put Blair and Sutter on the map. "It is supposed to feel like the Roxy," Blair suggests, but with every technological enhancement that will make it a thunderous marvel at the mercy of its already stellar DJ line-up . The space at XL is expected to out-perform its illustrious lineage and multi-task as a lounge, a nightclub and as a cabaret space.
The notion of building a performance stage within the club atmosphere was always a very attractive and deliberate intention of Sutter’s. "The shows at the original XL were its staple; they brought us a distinct attention. Since then there’s been a whole new generation of performers - I wanted to build the cabaret from scratch. The room was designed with the cabaret in mind."