On Top! With Susanne Bartsch
This Fourth of July, Math Magazine felt especially proud to be American, celebrating the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (partying)! While most of America was home BBQ’ing, Kevin Sussy took to the Meatpacking District in New York City to see what was cookin’ this Independence Day.
Nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch once again set the standard for festivities by hosting her weekly party at Le Bain, on West 14th Street. Surrounded by illustrious nightlife personalities, daddies, club kids and muscle twinks, I grabbed a cocktail and sat on a luxurious couch near the pool and allowed the music (and grapefruit spritzer) take over. Soon enough, I was on my feet dancing to the disco-mix, making my way through the crowd towards the DJ booth. To my left stood Joey Arias, nightlife legend who jumped into a pickup truck headed towards New York City and has since been known for their cabaret performances and drag artistry, and to my right stood the ethereal Amanda Lepore, legendary nightlife personality and singer who came to New York City in 1989 and gained international fame as David LaChapelle's artistic muse. "On Top!” truly feels like a holy haven for the queer -- even renowned artist Muffinhead was there, tucked away in a corner claiming they did not want to injure anyone with their eccentric headpiece.
We truly owe it to those like Susanne Bartsch for giving the world, let alone New York City, exactly what it needs: a feel-good mix of queer art and chic nightlife. The night set off, stayed lit, and went out with a bang that would make even fireworks jealous. If the huge disco ball above the mini-pool isn’t enough to get you in the mood, maybe stay in and order a pizza; this fog-filled euphoric avant-garde dance party is not for the shy.
On Top! happens every Tuesday from 10 P.M.-4 A.M. at 848 Washington St, New York, NY.
Photos and article by Kevin Sussy exclusively for The Afterglow