It seems like summer can never come soon enough. We are so close in March, but let’s face facts it’s still gross and chilly outside. F the cold mess and take the block party dreams inside at Open Market at the Highline Stages. This event is brought to us by the Meatpacking District community itself, so what can we expect?
A plethora of drinks and food from 25 of the area’s finest bars and restaurants, couture clothing from a dozen designers, and 2 world class DJ’s all inside Manhattan’s largest soundstage. Why it’s worth the $150 admission fee: bottomless drinks, all you can eat food, and the clothes (by the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg) are up to 70% off at sample sale prices. Additional good news, it’s tax season and parts of this may be tax deductible. Proceeds all go back into the district itself to promote artisan’s, local business, and community health. If you want to find out more about the Meatpacking Business Improvement District click here.
That not all. If food, drinks, and discounted clothes are not enough, there is also a silent auction with 10 event exclusive packages. Buying stuff for yourself that’s for a good cause is the ultimate way to avert buyer’s remorse, and check with your accountant but money spent at a charitable auctions over an items value price is indeed tax deductible. Hell, the sample sale priced clothes may also be a write off (with creative accounting not condoned here). This may by one drunken buying binge that doesn’t have to involve freezing your credit cards into massive ice cubes because of inextinguishable regret the following day. What!? This writer has never done that before.
So is this a lavish soiree or a block party? It’s kind of a little bit of both. If you want to spring $350 for the VIP tickets, you can go full exclusive party mode at Tao, get a gift bag of swag worth over $500, and get a buy it now option at the silent auction in addition to all the food, drink, clothing, and DJ’s. Old school rich people sunk all their money into gala’s and balls support of a cause, now we can have a way more rambunctious time and sink a fraction of the dough into a good cause and call it a block party.
WHEN: March 9, 2017 | 6:30pm – 10:30pm
WHERE: Highline Stages
441 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
General Admission: $150 – includes access to the shopping, food and beverage, silent auction, and DJs.
VIP: $350 – includes early access to shop the sample sales, a buy-it-now option for the silent auction, as well as an exclusive gift bag and guaranteed access to the VIP after party at Tao Downtown. $125 of the ticket price is tax deductible.
More info at openmarketnyc.com
DJ’S: Theophilus London and Coco and Breezy
Co-chairs for this year’s Open Market: Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman of DVF; Andrew Rosen, Founder and CEO of Theory; Gary Kline, Co-Owner and CEO of Highline Stages; and Mazdack Rassi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milk. In addition, they will be joined by a host committee that includes a who’s who of the Meatpacking District and its supporters.
Food & Drink:
Ample Hills Creamery
Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown
Fig & Olive
High Street on Hudson
Jack’s Stir Brew
Le Pain Quotidien
Sherry B Dessert Studio
Sons & Daughters
The Standard BIergarten
The Wild Son
Untitled at the Whitney
Alice & Olivia
Rag & Bone
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