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Insider: Cator Sparks

Vital stats

Birthplace: Atlanta
Marital status: Not allowed in New York (yet!)
Occupation: Writer
Employer: Myself
Neighborhood: Harlem

Calling cards

Go-to cocktail: Dirty martini
Trademark look: Colorful happy socks, Moscot glasses and Rod Keenan hat
Entourage (most likely seen out with): From socials to smokin’ club kids; anyone who can keep up and who can make me laugh.

NYC favorites

Restaurant: Chez Lucienne, Harlem
Bar: Anyplace I know people.
Nightclub/cabaret: Boom Boom Room/ The Cock
Event space: My townhouse!
Clothing store: J. Press
Furniture shop: My mother’s attic.
Gift boutique: Bergdorf-Goodman. You can buy the cheapest thing in the store and they wrap it like it’s worth a million bucks!

With Lucy Lang at the Young Fellows Ball after-party at the St. Regis, 2009

With Bonnie Morrison at the Young Fellows Ball at the Frick, 2008

Photo credit: Jubal Battisti


Board memberships: Hetrick Martin Institute 30-year anniversary
Host committees: Frick Young Fellows Ball
Professional affiliations: The National Arts Club


Favorite social event of the year: Young Fellows Ball and the CFDA Awards (assuming I have friend who will be winning).
Best NY party ever attended (and why): There are so many, but a few of the best include:
* A VMan ice-skating party at Chelsea Piers during Fashion Week was a riot. Watching Brandy Wine and Brenda a Go-Go backwards-skate with all the male models was priceless.
* The Van Cleef & Arpels 100th Anniversary Party, where they brought in the Lido gals was nuts.
* The Club Sandwich party at Norwood last Fashion Week. The joining of forces between Paris and New York scenes was atomic. I closed down the place with Hamish Bowles.
* I haven’t been to Vandam, but I have never danced as much as I used to at Kenny Kenny’s late-night parties. And of course, Daniel Nardicio’s slide was New York at its most debaucherous. I mean, where else can you see go-go dancers who eat hot wings while gyrating, and a drag queen singing Dolly Parton gospel at 3 a.m.?
What sets Manhattan nightlife apart: Could I really have attended the above-mentioned parties in any other city? Enough said.