Pass the Envelope, Please

The gays, the straights and the ???'s were out in full force on Sunday night at the Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel. To fully grasp what exactly the first annual Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards were all about, it's helpful to imagine the Academy Awards, but to replace Billy Crystal with Mr. Mickey, trade in Gwyneth Paltrow for Tinsley Mortimer and add some glitter, rollerblades, eyeliner (on men!), short, short skirts, and Michael Stipe in a parakeet costume. Now, drop in some pouty-looking, hollow-cheeked scenesters, a whole bunch of old-skool types who practically invented New York nightlife, four gay guys and two girls, put it all in a blender, mix it up until it's a beautiful shade of fuchsia, pour it out and serve with a side order of Amanda Lepore, and voilà, there you have it. Yummm!

Highlights of the evening included a performance by the Citizens Band, Lydia Hearst's fake-flower-strewn Heatherette dress, George Whipple's eyebrows, the way Fabian Basabe pronounced the letter "A" (as in "baaaaanter") and Richie Rich calling the Trinity the "original MisShapes." Meowwwww! Do we smell a dance-off?

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And the awards went to...

BEST NEW PARTY

PRESENTERS: Amy Sacco & Lydia Hearst

WINNER: MisShapes

BEST RESTAURANT WITH A NIGHTLIFE SCENE

PRESENTERS: Rocco DiSpirto & George Whipple

WINNER: Bette

BEST HOTEL WITH A NIGHTLIFE SCENE

PRESENTERS: Susanne Bartsch & David Barton

WINNER: The Maritime Hotel

BEST NEW PROMOTERS

PRESENTERS: Theo Kogan & Sean Pierce

WINNER: Tarts of Pleasure

DESIGNER WITH INFLUENCE ON THE NIGHT LIFE SCENE

PRESENTERS: Patricia Field

WINNER: Heatherette

BEST NEW BAR/LOUNGE

PRESENTERS: Belinda Becker & Fabian Basabe

WINNER: East Side Company Bar

BEST NEW GAY NIGHT

PRESENTERS: Richie Rich & Traver Rains

WINNER: Cuckoo Club

BEST NEW DJ

PRESENTERS: Justine D. & Fab 5 Freddy

WINNER: S. Lockdown & Spencer Product

BEST NEW CLUB

PRESENTERS: Tinsley Mortimer & Thom Filicia

WINNER: Happy Valley

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: BEST DJ

PRESENTERS: Tommy Saleh & Sophia Lamar

WINNER: UltraGrrrl

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: BEST PARTY

PRESENTERS: Amanda Lepore & Don Hill

WINNER: Stolen Transmission

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: BEST CLUB

PRESENTERS: Patrick McMullan & Michael Musto

WINNER: APT

Special, special, special thanks to Amstel Light, Tequila Corazon and Kid Robot.

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