Brick House: Next Magazine among the winners at the first ever Brooklyn Nightlife Awards!
(Matty Gliteratti, Misty Meaner, Mocha Lite)
We hadn’t even set foot inside Glasslands for last night’s first ever Brooklyn Nightlife Awards before Misty Meaner had dirt to dish with us. “I pulled a Kanye!” she told us. Apparently just before we got there, Misty and partner in crime Mocha Lite were presenting the award for Best DJ. Since winner Michael Magnan was a no-show, Misty took the opportunity to give a shout out to nominees Jonathan & BPro, before dropping the mic and walking offstage.
Of course, it was all in good fun, and a perfect indicator of the tongue-in-cheek, off-the-cuff nature of the whole Merrie Cherry-produced show.
It seemed like the entirety of Brooklyn’s wild and weird drag subculture turned out to give praise and throw shade simultaneously. Acid Betty, Thorgy Thor, Hamm Samwich, Ruby Roo and way too many other OTT queens were packed into Glasslands. Out in the crowd we spotted nominees and presenters like Holly Van Voast, GoGo Gadget, Cameron Cooper, Leslie Van Stelten, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Tyler Stone, Matty Glitterati, and Gage ofthe Boone with his entourage from The Spectrum.
Up on stage, hosts Merrie Cherry and Murray Hill introduced performances by AB Soto, Krystal Something-Something and Leo GuGu. Awards went out to Westgay for Best Reason to Leave Brooklyn, Darlinda Just Darlinda for Best Burlesque Performer, The Spectrum for Best Mixed Party. Next’s own Santiago Felipe was named Best Photographer, while Mocha Lite took home the evening’s top prize of Drag Queen/King of the Year.
Now, believe us when we say that we were there purely in our reportorial role. But of course, when Next Magazine won the award for Best Event Publisher, beating out The L Magazine, Gayletter and Bushwick Daily, we had to get up onstage and accept the honor!
The awards themselves were bricks with a brass plaque on them, and we had to ask Merrie Cherry if she was worried about sending all these crazy queens and nightlife folk out into the night armed with dangerous heavy objects. “I definitely hope they beat some ass if people try to come for them!” she told us. “But the bricks have glitter on them and I feel like that represents Brooklyn: We’re rough and hard, but we shine wherever we go!”
Thank you, Brooklyn!
(Darlinda Just Darlinda)