The Bell House, 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave., Gowanus; 718-643-6510
There may be no better crowd-pumpers than Cheryl, the four-piece performance-art troupe who lead outrageous marathon masquerades billed as “the dance party that will ruin your life.” Happening monthly at the Bell House in Gowanus, the event is a paragon of high camp, with the Cheryls leading a freakishly dressed throng in a dancing swirl of spandex, glitter, face paint, tinsel, sequins (lots of sequins), boas, cat masks, and stage blood, which the Cheryls occasionally pour over (willing) crowd members. The music—played by a rotating cast of D.J.’s—is a frenetic mix of disco, electro, and pop that spans the decades from the Bee Gees to the Vengaboys to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The next party is on March 20.
Best Costume Party
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).