Brooklyn Nightlife Awards celebrates borough’s party people

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Glitzy Brooklyn: A group of artists, including a handful of Brooklyn’s most popular drag queens, enjoy the Brooklyn Nightlife Award.
All by her lonesome: Artist Lindsee Lonesome is decked out for the event.
Wrapping it up: Gerard Garvey, Suzie Hart, and Andy Pandy show off their fancy outfits.

If Brooklyn’s nightlife scene felt a bit quiet last weekend, it might be because its best and brightest were celebrating elsewhere.

For the third year in a row, the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards brought together the most happening and over the top members of the borough’s queer performance, club, and bar scenes, with a ceremony and show at Lot 45 in Bushwick on Saturday.

Winners received a brick, but an organizer said the awards are really just an excuse to get everyone in one place and honor those who contribute to making Brooklyn fun.

“It is not about the brick or the cute little plastic plaque, it is about getting all of the heavy hitters of Brooklyn together in the same place,” said show founder and host Merrie Cherry, who performs as a drag queen around the borough and organizes the vintage-themed queer show “Cat’s Meow.” “It is about coming together and acknowledging each other and creating good energy.”

Winners this year included Will Sheridan for best vocal artist, Untitled Queen for best drag performer, and Madame Viven V for best circus performer.

“This scene is full of beauties and freaks, and I would not change it for anything,” said Cherry.

One attendee said the award show itself is worth celebrating for its contribution to the borough’s after-dark social scene.

“Nightlife in Brooklyn and especially around Bushwick is still so new,” said Lindsee Lonesome, a producer from award nominee House of Screwball, whose “Circus of Dreams” show mixes circus skills and bizarre performance art. “Events like this help us come together to learn how to improve it.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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