Velvet ropes alone can't keep out an economy unsure if it's on the verge of recovery or double-dip recession. But gloomy economic conditions aren't deterring a renegade collection of club owners In New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles from celebrating the onset of fall -- and a new season of nightlife -- with a combination of incredible concepts and cutting-edge business sense.PARISIAN IMPRESARIO ON NYC ROOFTOP Even if you spent the summer away from New York you're likely aware of the cultlike status of Andre Balazs' Standard Hotel and its legendary Boom Boom Room; it's hosted everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Madonna in the past year. Now Boom Boom has a neighbor and competitor in Le Bain, created with the help of 38-year-old French graffiti artist-turned-nightclub proprietor André Saraiva, of Paris' Le Baron nightclub. Don't expect to find it on the Standard Hotel website or even on its Facebook page. It's accessed by a freight elevator ride to the top of the hotel -- if you can fight your way through a cruel street-level velvet rope.
Creativity Gives Nightclubs Extra Cool for Fall
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