Zoe Ziegfeld Charming Our Seventh Anniversary Party

Zöe Ziegfeld

Zoe Ziegfeld

For the Wit’s End™ Seventh Anniversary Party on Feb. 27, we are adding a special guest with a secret tie to the history of our new venue, The Knickerbocker Hotel. We are pleased to announce that snake charmer Zoe Ziegfeld—the long-lost descendant of legendary showman Florenz Ziegfeld—will perform at St. Cloud, on the rooftop of The Knick.

The Ziegfeld name has been absent on Forty-second Street since 1932, when Flo took his final curtain call on planet earth. Zoe will bring it back to Times Square for Wit’s End after an eighty-four year absence. When Flo ran his ground-breaking Ziegfeld Follies next door at the New Amsterdam Theatre, he was a frequent visitor to The Knick.

Zoe self-identifies as an Existential Feminist Performance Art Stripper. She is an award-winning burlesque performer, an unapologetic strip-club stripper, and a snake charmer at the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. She has performed all over the country and is one of the most exciting and dynamic entertainers on the scene today. Zoe dazzles like an old school circus performer, and will be travelling (and charming) with her silent partner.

Don’t miss this party. Advance tickets are available now for $20. Tickets are also available at the door, and there is a special Eleven O’Clock Frolic ticket at 11 p.m. at the door for $15. The Knickerbocker is located at 6 Times Square, on the corner of Broadway and 42nd St.

Our headliner is Dandy Wellington and His Band, the best-dressed performer in New York. Our hostess is the showgirl with the million-dollar smile, Kita St. Cyr. With vintage music coming from DJ Mike Will Cut You, host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Kita St. Cyr, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email us to reserve a table at St. Cloud (first-come, first-served).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Video: Michael Arenella at the Knickerbocker Hotel

Wit’s End monthly party at St. Cloud rooftop of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square. The last Saturday night of the month January-October: cocktails, dancing, and hot jazz. This month we had Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. Michael is the creator and bandleader of the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Each month we have classic cocktails, a different jazz band, and dancing. We offer a free dance lesson before every party.

Visit clubwitsend.com for monthly party information. Videography: Emily Geraghty.

Our next party is February 27 at St. Cloud. Advance tickets available now.

Don’t You Want to Be on the Roof at St Cloud?

Sixteen-floors above Times Square is the new home of Wit’s End™ at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel. Nobody else has outdoor space for a vintage Jazz Age party like this in New York. Plus there is a cigar lounge stocked by Nat Sherman’s. Look at these views from our January party. Our next one is Feb. 27!

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud

St. Cloud, the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo: Jane Kratochvil.

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

Dandy Dillinger, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

Mr. and Mrs. Gotham, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Kita St. Cyr, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

DJ Mike Will Cut You, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Wit’s End™ presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, at the 7th anniversary party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. This is the fourth straight year that Dandy has performed at our anniversary party: He’s played February 2013, 2014, and 2015. Order Tickets Online Via Brown Paper Tickets

Tonight the party is in the Knickerbocker Hotel, opened in 1906 by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. In 2015, following a $225-million renovation, it reopened to glowing reviews. Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud—called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square—sixteen stories above Broadway.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Advance Tickets:
Order Online Via Brown Paper Tickets
General Admission: $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15
At the Door
General Admission (doors open 8pm): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email us to reserve a table at St. Cloud (first-come, first-served).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Video: Wit’s End at the Knickerbocker Hotel

Wit’s End monthly party at St. Cloud rooftop of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square. The last Saturday night of the month January-October: cocktails, dancing, and hot jazz. This month we had Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. Michael is the creator and bandleader of the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Each month we have classic cocktails, a different jazz band, and dancing. We offer a free dance lesson before every party.

Visit clubwitsend.com for monthly party information. Videography: Emily Geraghty.

Our next party is February 27 at St. Cloud. Advance tickets available now.

Advance Tickets on Sale for Dandy Wellington Feb 27 Party

Dandy Wellington

Dandy Wellington at the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo: Don Spiro.


Wit’s End™ presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, at the 7th anniversary party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. This is the fourth straight year that Dandy has performed at our anniversary party: He’s played February 2013, 2014, and 2015. Order Tickets Online Via Brown Paper Tickets

Tonight the party is in the Knickerbocker Hotel, opened in 1906 by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. In 2015, following a $225-million renovation, it reopened to glowing reviews. Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud—called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square—sixteen stories above Broadway.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

St. Cloud

St. Cloud, the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo: Jane Kratochvil.

Advance Tickets:
Order Online Via Brown Paper Tickets
General Admission (after Feb 5): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15
At the Door
General Admission (doors open 8pm): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email us to reserve a table at St. Cloud (first-come, first-served).

About the Wit’s End Pre-Party Dinner:

The pre-party dinner is served at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, on the 4th floor. The pre-fixe dinner menu is $45 for a delicious three-course meal. Wit’s End will have tables reserved beginning at 5:00 pm. (Cost of dinner is separate from the party admission). After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4983 to make a dinner reservation (singles are welcome).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Photos From January Debut at Knickerbocker Hotel

Wit’s End had a fantastic debut at St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel on January 30, 2016. Michael Arenella performed a sublime show of authentic jazz. We saw the crowning of Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. We raffled off a dinner at Charlie Palmer at the Knick. The rooftop was open for the cigar lounge. Our professional dance instructors, Jeri and Neal, wowed the crowd. And we saw the return of our hostess, Kita St. Cyr, after too-long absence. Thanks to our sponsor, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur. And where would we be without the Dorothy Parker Society? It was an incredible debut party at St. Cloud. Enjoy the photos by Jane Kratochvil, and we’ll see you on Feb. 27 for Dandy Wellington and His Band.

Michael Arenella. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Michael Arenella. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

On the rooftop at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

On the rooftop at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Jeri & Neal dance lesson at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Jeri & Neal dance lesson at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dancing at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dancing at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Countess Eden at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Countess Eden at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dandy Dillinger Crowned Miss Art Deco by Wit’s End at the Knickerbocker Hotel

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

NEW YORK — Dandy Dillinger was crowned Miss Art Deco by the Art Deco Society of New York and Wit’s End at the Knickerbocker Hotel on January 30. Dandy represents Wit’s End, the monthly speakeasy party held at St. Cloud, on the rooftop of the landmark 1906 hotel.

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger, and Meghan Weatherby. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger, and Meghan Weatherby. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dandy was crowned by Meghan Weatherby, the society’s director of operations, and Kita St. Cyr, Wit’s End host. Dandy is a performer, baker, and model.

“I love being Miss Art Deco because I enjoy being a part of something so historic and beautiful,” Dandy said. “I’m happy to work on collaborations between the vintage scenes in New York City and in turn learn more about the era. Also, there’s the beautiful crown!”

The ADSNY is a non-profit organization for the study, preservation, and celebration of all forms of Art Deco. It brings together Art Deco enthusiasts with a variety of interests. Whether you are an Art Deco historian or just discovering your passion for the era, they host distinctive events that will inspire and delight you. Members enjoy activities that embrace the many aspects of Art Deco. These include lectures, private museum tours, film screenings, architectural tours, preservation awareness meetings, and vintage events with live music from the era. More information here.

Wit’s End is New York’s longest-running monthly vintage party, held the last Saturday night of the month, January through October, at St. Cloud. Wit’s End parties always feature live vintage hot jazz bands, swing dancing with free dance lessons, and delicious classic cocktails. All guests observe a strict dress code of vintage and vintage-inspired clothes. St. Cloud is a 9,000-square foot rooftop bar at the Knickerbocker, located in the heart of Times Square on Broadway and Forty-second Street. More information here.

Look for Dandy at many vintage events in 2016, including the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, June 11-12. The next Wit’s End party is February 27, featuring Dandy Wellington and His Band. Advance tickets are available now.

Miss Art Deco ceremony,  Meghan Weatherby (left) and Kita St. Cyr. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco ceremony, Meghan Weatherby (left) and Kita St. Cyr. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Kita St. Cyr and Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Kita St. Cyr and Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco

Left to right: Kita St. Cyr, Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger, and Meghan Weatherby of the Art Deco Society of New York. January 30 at the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dandy Wellington and His Band Return Feb 27


Wit’s End™ presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, at the 7th anniversary party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. This is the fourth straight year that Dandy has performed at our anniversary party: He’s played February 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Dandy Wellington

Dandy Wellington at St. Cloud. Photo: Don Spiro.

Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the pre-World War II era and created a world of well-dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

Tonight the party is in the Knickerbocker Hotel, opened in 1906 by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. In 2015, following a $225-million renovation, it reopened to glowing reviews. Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud—called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square—sixteen stories above Broadway.

postcard-4.25inx6in-h-frontAlso on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Advance Tickets:
Order Online Via Brown Paper Tickets
Early Bird (until Feb 5): $15
General Admission (after Feb 5): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15
At the Door
General Admission (doors open 8pm): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email us to reserve a table at St. Cloud (first-come, first-served).

About the Wit’s End Pre-Party Dinner:

The pre-party dinner is served at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, on the 4th floor. The pre-fixe dinner menu is $45 for a delicious three-course meal. Wit’s End will have tables reserved beginning at 5:00 pm. (Cost of dinner is separate from the party admission). After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4983 to make a dinner reservation (singles are welcome).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Cocktails With Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur at January Party

barrows-intense-ginger-logoThe sponsor of our first party of 2016 is Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur. Enjoy a cocktail made with fresh ginger that has no extracts. Barrow’s Intense is made in Brooklyn. A recipe we like:

Intensely Stormy
2 oz Barrow’s Intense
1 oz Dark Rum
Splash soda
Shake well and serve in a highball glass over ice.

About the party: Wit’s End presents Michael Arenella, creator and founder of the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, at the debut party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The party is at the Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square, opened by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. After a 95-year break, it reopened in early 2015 to glowing reviews. Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud–called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square–sixteen stories above Broadway.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Ticket Prices:

$15.00: in advance online via Brown Paper Tickets (entry 8 pm)
$20.00: at the door
$15.00: 11 O’Clock Frolic (entry 11 pm) at the door
Must be 21 to attend.

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4980 to reserve a table at St. Cloud.

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Super Turnout for Annual Vintage Train Ride

The MTA did not disappoint this year, and neither did fans of vintage clothes and old trains. We had a super turnout at the Vintage Holiday Train Ride. The MTA rolled out their classic subway cars, and hundreds turned out in their vintage best. We met on the Second Avenue platform for another super event.

Among the bands we saw, which have played at Wit’s End parties in the past, were the Grand Street Stompers, Glenn Crytzer and the Pegu Club All-Stars, and Myriam Phiro. Some of the fantastic musicians that made the scene that have been part of many Wit’s End nights were Gordon Au, Mike Davis, and Nick Russo. A tip of the cap to the organizers and band-wrangler, Amy Winn.

Photos by Don Spiro.