Fire Island’s Famed Pavilion
Written by Steve Weinstein
The Pavilion is far from the biggest nightclub in the world, or even the the New York Area. But it is one of the most storied. It’s where Susan Morabito first came to fame. On the site of the present club was the Sandpiper, where Tom Moulton invented the EP and where Robbie Leslie and Warren Gluck learned the tricks of the trade. The Sandpiper was one of the first clubs in the world where a DJ put two turntables together for a continuous mix of music. The Pavilion is also in the commercial center of Fire Island Pines, where New York’s A-List gaylite congregate on summer weekends. So that means plenty of media, music-industry and fashion types.
Now, six years under the ownership of Eric von Kuersteiner, the space is getting new owners: Andrew Kirtzman, a respected author, newsman and the owner of the trés upscale Pines guesthouse the Madison; Seth Weissman, a young real estate financier; and Matthew Blesso, a straight (but not narrow!) property developer. The three are inheriting property that includes the rebuilt Pavilion, and the Blue Whale, the site of the original Tea Dance, where everyone in the Pines comes together every afternoon to drink, dance and dish.
The new owners are promising happy music and a new DJ roster for the Pavilion, under the direction of Vance Garrett, who has worked closely with the Saint-at-Large in the production of the Black Party and other events.
Read more about the new owners at EdgeOnTheNet.com
So sad, everybody who mattered has died.
I can’t even consider crossing the South Bay, all I’d see were ghosts of wonderful people and wonderful parties.
These days, The Pines is a “living” (sic) production of, “FOLLIES”.
And the beach, sand and ashes, ashes, ashes, from cremations and memorial services all over.
Save for the dog shit.
The ONLY people out there from THE GOLDEN ERA, are the ugly ones who couldn’t get laid.
Thus they survived and live.
And by the way, REAL HOT MEN do NOT flit around wearing “sarongs”. Even those old biddies from Cherry Grave would have never even considered that!
By Islanders' Club Alumnus on 07-12-2011