Meet the Unlikely Heirs to New York’s Nightlife Kingdom

Jordan Fox, an emerging downtown nightlife fixture, is continuing in the tradition of theatrical club kids like Leigh Bowery, as well as Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny, with whom he can often be found partying well into the next morning. Soon, however, it will be Fox’s milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard. “Like most people, I came to New York with big dreams—luckily for me, almost all of them have come true,” Fox says. “Yes, I get paid to host and promote parties, but I do it out of love—love for the art, the nightlife, the fashion, the friends, and the twisted dreams.”

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Gossip blogger Micah Jesse comes at you, all guns blazing, with a big smile and mile-a-minute chatter. Flamboyant and fabulous, he’s often called the Perez Hilton of the east—but maybe he has more in common with Joan Rivers? “Well, not Joan Rivers,” Jesse says, before considering his contemporaries. “I dream about one day being the openly gay celebrity BFF to Ryan Seacrest.” Given his ease in front of the camera, it seems more likely he’ll usurp Seacrest than befriend him. “It’s true,” he says. “I see myself on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, interviewing the stars.”

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Eight years ago, Daniel and Derek Koch le the corn elds of Ohio to work for chef Philippe Delgrange at Le Bilboquet, a tiny French bistro on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Now, after a time spent running Day & Night, their Saturday brunch bacchanals at the since-shuttered Merkato 55, the Koch twins are focused squarely on their newest venture: MPD, a contemporary French boîte in the Meatpacking District. “We’re at the point in our careers where we want to go higher,” Daniel says. “Our plan is to head into the hotel world.” Derek agrees. “It’s a business, and knowing that business, well, that’s what separates men from boys.”

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