Reopening Studio 54? Will it really happen?

Is Studio 54 going to reopen again? Can that tantalizing time be repeated?

Mark Fleischman does it again.

This autumn, Mark made his authorial debut with the release of his new book, Inside Studio 54. A book filled with some of the most incredible memories in the 80’s New York party scene, it serves as the perfect ode to a time of sex drugs and rock and roll. It was a time when anyone who was someone could be found at Studio 54. “Calvin Klein, Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol, and Halston,” are just a few names you could expect to come across on any of those glorious nights at studio.

Lucille Khornak stops for a photo with Mark Fleischman, author of  Inside Studio 54 .

Lucille Khornak stops for a photo with Mark Fleischman, author of Inside Studio 54.

Mark outdid himself in celebrating the debut of Inside Studio 54!  It felt just like the good old days, walking into Dream on West 18th. Of course, you had to have your name on the ever exclusive list in order to get past the bouncer and get in line for the elevator that took you to the top floor(unlike Mark on that serendipitous night in 1977). A flashback to the old days of Studio 54: a line to get inside, growing as the minutes went by. 

Getting off the elevator I could see the floor was packed. It was a mix of the older crowd, a school reunion from the Studio 54 days, and the new young generation, yearning to experience the vibe of  those days.

The music was blaring. Erotic girls were dancing. The terrace was filled with everyone taking photos with their iPhones, selfies and ‘ussies’ -a true sign of the times,- the glistening city as their backdrop for the night. As the place got more and more crowded, the dancing started; it was the upbeat sound of the 80's that electrified the crowd.


My first book, Fashion: 2001,  held its opening night party at Studio 54. It was definitely a night to be remembered. If it had been the days of Instagram and Snapchat, the behind the scenes would not have been so secretive;  what happened at Studio 54 will remain a whisper.

Mark Fleischman with his wife, Mimi Fleischman celebrating the debut of their book,  Inside Studio 54 .

Mark Fleischman with his wife, Mimi Fleischman celebrating the debut of their book, Inside Studio 54.

Lost in the sweet memory of what may go down in history as one of the most iconic clubs of NYC, I can’t help but wonder if the days of Studio 54 could ever be recreated. Certainly with the instant nature of today’s technology, protecting the otherworldly experience that used to be would prove quite a challenge! Retro music, old friends, and new friends gathered to support Mark Fleischman, and the unique flavor of what once emanated from Studio during opening night.

When I last spoke with Mark, I asked him: “So, is this the beginning of a new Studio 54 all over again?" Mark simply replied, "I know I could do it, but I am not going to do it!"

Studio 54 will forever mark it’s place in history as the club where celebrities gathered with the fabulous people of everyday life to dance the night away. It engraved in stone the standard of the “sex, drugs and rock & roll” experience. Think you can truly handle being Inside Studio 54?

I nside Studio 54  by Mark Fleischman with Denise Chatman and Mini Fleischman

Inside Studio 54 by Mark Fleischman with Denise Chatman and Mini Fleischman

Opening Night: EXPOSED by Eric DeMarchelier

Experience the new Eric DeMarchelier exhibit on view exclusively at the Lucille Khornak Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Thursday, July 27th to Thursday, August 10th.

Southampton Costume Parade

Every year Southampton hosts a halloween costume parade. I love it because watching all the children as they march the streets in pride -with each of their costumes just as unique as they are- well, it’s simply an amazing and heartwarming experience! These children have been thinking for some time about who/what they wanted to be, and the reveal of their looks at Sunday’s parade was absolutely beautiful.

Some are home made costumes and others are store-bought, but what makes them particularly special are the children in them. Pure in spirit, whimsical by nature, and energetic at heart, they don their costumes and fully become the characters they’ve set out to portray. Take a look  below at the mummies, dinosaurs, witches and superheroes that stopped by to have their photo taken at the Lucille Khornak Gallery in Southampton this weekend.

Holiday House in the Hamptons

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If you haven't had a chance to see the beautiful Holiday House in Water Mill this year, here’s a look at what you're missing! There are so many gorgeous and amazing rooms on display. These photos from my recent visit are only a glimpse into what the Holiday House Hamptons has to offer.

The Holiday House is a designer showhouse dedicated to providing funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a worthy cause. The design spaces are each themed around a special moment in life or a holiday that inspires the designer.

I encourage you to spend an afternoon exploring the rooms. I’m sure you will take away some great design ideas for your interiors.

I recommend checking out the garage by Barbara Ostrom, and upstairs take a look at the room by Melanie Roy! A fun surprise is the tennis court on the roof  - a concept that I found very unique and original!

It's Time to Move

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Well, it has been awhile since my latest post, the reason why is I have been extremely busy clearing out my storage units as my company is moving to a new building in the coming months.

 When I started clearing out the space I came across a multitude of stuff: all of the slides I’ve taken over my career, cases of my print ads from my time as a commercial photographer, props, boxes of receipts, client proofs from the days of film, empty computer boxes, Christmas ornaments, home goods, large pieces of wood for installation projects, and the list goes on. Seeing all these items brought back so many memories. All in all, it has been nice to see my evolution through all these years.
 So I’m sorting through all my stuff and I began wondering “Why did I keep this or why did I keep that?” Well, at a certain point those items held an importance or there was something useful about holding onto it, however as the years go by it is easy to forget about all these things you’ve acquired. I realized how long overdue I was for a clean out!
Amidst getting rid of all the stuff I no longer need, I’ve been looking at all of the work from earlier in my career, ads I completely forgot about and other work that holds incredible meaning to me. Looking back, I actually became impressed with all the work I have done. I rediscovered all the articles that were written about my first book, “Fashion: 2001.” The publicity I received was unbelievable, it was nice to remember that. As I’ve had a long career, it’s been awhile since I’ve thought about some of my accomplishments. Even some of my staff who have known me for years said to me, “Wow, I had no idea you had all of this work!” We’ve been enjoying looking at it all.
So, we will be showing some of this past work on our new website. The new site is set to launch in a couple weeks or so. In the meantime, I am posting some of the ads here for you to view.
Cleaning out has felt like a breath of fresh air. I urge you to do the same!

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Unchained: Opening Reception is tomorrow!

Nirit-Levav-Packer-4-650x425 Tomorrow at 4pm, the Lucille Khornak Gallery proudly welcomes dog lovers and art enthusiasts alike to the opening reception for Unchained: Dogs by Nirit Levav. All ages are welcome between 4pm-6pm. Show will be viewable daily from 10am-7pm until July 25th.

Lucille Khornak Gallery (across from Bobby Van's and Candy Kitchen)

2400 Montauk Highway

Bridgehampton, NY 11932


Work is available for purchase.

Unchained: Dogs by Nirit Levav

Image Isrealian artist Nirit Levav, represented by the Lucille Khornak Gallery, gives a new "leash" on life to upcycled bicycle chains in the form of whimsical and charming sculptures. For dog lovers and art admirers alike, this is a must see event.

Pricing on sculptures varies on size.

Gallery opening is Friday, July 12th at 4pm-6pm. 2400 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. Call ahead to RSVP at 631-613-6000 or drop us an email at

Summer 2013 Charity Events in the Hamptons

Here are some of the most popular up and coming charity events in the Hamptons for July and August 2013.

July 2013

Adopt a Horse

Amaryllis Farm Sanctuary

44 Little Fresh Pond Rd. Southampton, NY 11968

Contact: Christine at 631-537-7335 or at for information.

Adopt a Horse runs from April 6th thru July 14th this year. Many horses are rescued every year from deplorable conditions of abuse, neglect, and abandonment and although are no longer rideable due to age or injuries but are still wonderful, loving creatures to befriend and care for. Adoption rehabilitates these horses that would otherwise continue to live a life devoid of love, kindness from humans, and safety. If interested in adoption, contact Christine for more information! Contact information listed above. Serious inquiries only.

Paddlers for Humanity Team Event

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Maidstone Park Rd. East Hampton, NY


Register online at

This event starts at 9am and will benefit the Paddlers for Humanity. See for more information and how to sign up.

4th Annual Unconditional Love Benefit

Saturday, July 20th, 2013. 6pm-Midnight.

For directions/address please contact Linda Shapiro of LBS Productions at 631.329.5480 or or

This is the 4th year the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's annual dinner dance gala. It not only helps to fund the daily care of all the animals at the shelter, but also ensures projects such as puppy mill rescues are possible and programs benefiting special needs children. SASF is one of the top ranked animal shelters in the US, along with its outstanding 94% adoption rate.

5th Annual Summer Luncheon Benefit

Monday, July 22nd, 2013. 11:30am-3pm.

Give Love – Make Magic

Stone Creek Inn

405 Montauk Highway. East Quogue, NY.

Benefit luncheon for the East End Hospice and Camp Good Grief. For more information please see, or call/email 631.288.7080 or Featuring Psychic Medium “Dawn Joly”.

20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit

Devil's Haven

Saturday, July 27th, 2013. 6PM-Midnight.

The Watermill Center

39 Watermill Towd Road. Watermill, NY.

RSVP: Pinki Patel at 212.253.7485 (ext. 10) or see for more information.

Benefit artists and Watermill International Summer Program Participants from 30+ countries will create more than eight acres of installations and performances to fundraise for the Watermill Center's International Summer Program and year-round Residency Program, to allow for young and new artists a chance to develop their work.

August 2013

 65th Annual Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game

Saturday, August 17th, 2013. Noon – Batting Practice. 2PM – Game Starts.

Herrick Park. East Hampton, NY.

This is the longest running charity event in the Hamptons. Every summer, thousands have come to watch celebrities battle head to head on the softball field to raise money for East End Hospice, East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, the Phoenix House of Long Island & The Retreat. Refreshments like hot dogs, Snapple, hamburgers, and Joe & Liza's Ice Cream will be provided.

Bideawee's Love on a Leash Walk

Saturday, August 17th, 2013. 8:00am-11:00am.

The Village Green

Main Street & Mill Road, Westhampton Beach. $25 entry.

Contact: Amy Hraniotis at 866-262-8133 or at

Put on those walking sneakers and leashes, this walk is going to the dogs! Families and their furry children will take part in a summer walk through the village of Westhampton Beach to raise awareness for adopting a pet instead of shopping for one at a pet store or breeder, and to celebrate all four legged friends. Free food and drinks, live music, giveaways, and more until 11am at the Green. When all walkers register in advance for the walk, they will receive a complimentary Love on a Leash Walk t-shirt and treats for you and your pet.

Hampton's Offshore Invitational Fishing Tournament

August 16th – August 25th, 2013

Oakland's Marina and Restaurant

365 Dune Road, Hampton Bays NY 11946

Sign up at using the online PDF entry form.

Benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, this annual tournament helps keep this keystone organization funded to help change the lives of those less fortunate. This is its 13th year going strong and growing bigger every time. On average, it brings 70+ boats and over 600 guests – if you'd like to partake, sign up early! It's known to sell out every year without fail. Since its debut in 2001, the Hamptons Offshore Invitational has raised a landmark of more than a million dollars for BBBSLI. The tournament concludes with an outstanding awards dinner at Oakland's Restaurant with a trophy presentation, silent auction, numerous raffles, and door prizes. Help give back to your community and come participate in one of the most notable fishing events of the summer.