Event Recap: GrandLife DJs For Hurricane Relief at Tribeca Grand [Gallery]

By Nilina Mason-Campbell

This week the GrandLife family of hotels in New York announced a series of relief benefitsin the wake of Hurricane Sandy which struck New York last week. Typically the in-house brand of This is New York parties is synonymous with all things fashion week from Paris to New York and London and all things glam. This DJ series was decidedly more low-key. Each night, 100% of the proceeds from the series’ speciality cocktail “Safe & Sound” and one dollar from all other drinks go to benefit the charity of the DJs’ choosing.

Last night, the Like’s Tennessee Thomas and fellow blonde musician Alix Brown took to the decks in benefit for Occupy Sandy. The pair regularly holds down Thursday nights, spinning a mix of retro hits. Last night’s playlist included the original “Tainted Love” by Gloria Jones, “Now He’s Gone” by Bobbie Smith and the Dream Girls and several more obscure throwbacks. The soundtrack was less geared towards the dance floor and more so towards musical connoisseurs.

From 8pm until close, patrons drifted in and out of the bar creating a laid back atmosphere. Both at the bar and in the lobby, friends sipped cocktails amongst friends, couples sat together and even a birthday party soirée was underway. Flutes of champagne and appealing cocktails decorated the table tops. One female bartender noted that the speciality cocktail is just beginning to catch on. Composed of vodka, Saint Germain, pear puree and lemon juice with dashes of bitters and soda, the “Safe & Sound” is a tasty offering and remains on offer through the rest of the weekend. The benefit series continues through to Saturday and features more of GrandLife’s stable of DJs such as Florencia Galarza and Mike Nouveau.

Images by Nilina Mason-Campbell