While the title to this blog sounds like a front-page headline that you would read in The National Enquirer, it really happened. Years ago (in the ‘80s) Limelight shocked all of New York by being the first nightclub to open in a former church (today it’s an indoor shopping mall.) It’s been some time since someone planned a bizarre event in a building that used to be “holy” ground, but hedge fund honcho, Jay Goldman, wins the gold medal for throwing the best Halloween party of all time. Jay chose the oldest former synagogue in New York on 172 Norfolk Street in the East Village to throw his Halloween S&M costume soiree. The building, which is over 100 years old, boasts a gothic architecture that looks more like a haunted castle than any I have ever seen. The space could have given Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania a run for the money.
A sexy Asian fire dancer on the street in front of the synagogue let you know immediately that something diabolical was at hand. After several authentic looking vampires helped us out of the limo and guided us into the party entrance, we were handed a blood red alcoholic beverage in a laboratory test tube—kind of creepy, but cool.
Upon entering the cocktail area (the balcony, which in earlier times served to separate the women praying from the men who prayed in the larger space downstairs), guests were greeted by dozens of dominatrixes, slaves, masters and assorted fetish creatures. The food and drinks were spectacular; every silver tray brought out by a waiter carried something more delicious than the previous one.
Professional dancers swung from the ceiling (literally) or wrapped themselves around stripper poles all night long. The leather, lace and latex outfits were outrageous and surpassed any worn in The Rocky Horror Picture Show—and we all know what a fun-filled freak show that was.
My poor brother, Alan, and his wife, Karin, were the center of attention because they were dressed as the squeaky clean-cut couple, Barbie and Ken. I forgot to tell them it was an S&M-themed party so they stood out like a sore thumb and were teased and abused all night for looking like they walked into the wrong party. Could Barbie and Ken have a side we don’t know about? Could they be closet kinks? More than one couple attempted to find out (but they stayed in character).
Stay tuned this week for more kinky photos from the party!
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