Underneath hospitality legend Ian Schrager’s latest venture, the hip Public Hotel on New York’s Lower East Side, is his first nightclub since he opened Studio 54 in 1977 (with partner Steve Rubell, who died in 1989). Christened Public Arts, it’s a performance space/bar that Schrager launched in June with nightlife entrepreneurs Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quiarte.
“They remind me of me and Steve,” says the 71-year-old, whose 1980 tax evasion conviction was pardoned in January by then-President Barack Obama. Recent and upcoming shows include Patti Smith, Grizzly Bear, Rostam and “anything else in the mind and imagination,” says Schrager.
Why are you getting back into nightlife?