Wednesday, October 10, 2012
What Happens When Ian Schrager Turns The Pump Room Into Studio 54 For One Night Only
The action on the dance floor in The Pump Room. (Photos: Jeff Schear/WireImage)
So, Ian Schrager had a little party Tuesday night at The Pump Room.
He had most of the dining room tables removed, threw in vibrant party favors, acquired the deejay talents of legendary producer Jellybean Benitez, and created a diverse guest list of some of the most colorful personalities in town, and suddenly it was the soiree of the season.
The celebration was for the first anniversary of Public Hotel and The Pump Room, and in classic Schrager style, the former Studio 54 owner transformed the space into the place that put him on the map. He even had Mark Benecke—one of the original Studio 54 doormen—working the velvet rope (Hopefully he wasn't too hard on folks!).
Also in attendance were former Bulls star BJ Armstrong, actor Billy Zane, the controversial cast from Chicagolicious as well as a host of drag queens, media types and more.
Here are some additional pics from the party:
Ian Schrager and The Pump Room Executive Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten
Jellybean Benitez, Myra Scheer, Mark Benecke and Ian Schrager
Sparklers rolling through the room
Actor Billy Zane