Remembering Gilbert Stafford…Tuesday January 19th at Hiro New York

Clubland mourns  the passing of Door Icon Gilbert Stafford this month. He pased away New Years Day after a very short battle with cancer. He was 57.

Writer, actor, singer and personality, this elegant, witty man brought something to the doors of clubs including Danceteria, Area and Crobar that had never been seen before.  He described his own personal style as Gay Brooks Bothers!

A friend remembers…Gilbert was a true NYC legend. He was there at the door of Sanctuary when I walked in in 1972, he was there at the door when I entered through the thresholds of New York New York, The (original) Loft, Cowboys & Cowgirls, Disco Inferno, The Saint, Limelight, Roxy and most every other club that opened or operated between 1970 and 2000. I never saw him be mean or rude to anyone and yet he always told you just how it was. Gilbert was one of the most stylish and sophisticated people I ever met. He made friends easily and kept them for decades. His gentle way and sexy demeanor broke a lot of hearts and he was a true unique and one-of-a-kind man and I know he will be missed by generations of people who were lucky enough to have known him.

Gazelle remembers…nobody could say dahhhhling like Gilbert, he had a sharp wit, he was a writer, he had class and sophistication, he loved hats, good shoes, loved furs, he knew how to work pastel colors, loved yellow, we shared a common taste for opera, boy did he liked cocktails, I loved the way he would roll his eyes… at the door, he was straight to the point, and liked people to be dressed up, to be beautiful. Gilbert understood what is VIP like few do, and he knew how to make people feel like royalty, he knew all the “crowds”, he was theatrical but not over dramatic, one time he surprised me by telling me that he had  “the only job where the customer was always wrong”, which it took me a while to understand…

He is being remembered in Los Angeles, Miami and New york City. 

The  NYC  memorial will be held at Hiro Tuesday January 19th at 8pm sharp.

Hiro Ballroom is located within the Maritime Hotel on
 9th ave between 16 and 17 street:

Hiro Cocktail Lounge      88  9 Avenue    (212) 727-0212

Dress to impress, Gilbert always dressed up for us so lets return the favor.


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