Vampire State Building

Photos by Michael Sofronski

Rampant bourgeoisification may be sweeping the last bit of rough charm from the meatpacking district, but Mother, ChiChi and Johnny's enduring bastion of bohemia, is still holding its loopy flag aloft: a recent Thursday night featured Long Black Veil's Third Annual Lost Boys Vampyre Beach Party, complete with gothic swimsuit competition. As ever, the club enforced a stern but loving dress code, this time requiring "vinyl swimwear and fangs, gothic or Victorian bathing costume, historical garb, mermaid, or head-to-toe black."

Holey communion

Chain mutiny

Wilde animal

Waist management

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