“Finale” Attracts Stars to Bowery for Heidi Klum’s Halloween Party

Posted on: December 2nd, 2012 at 9:18 am by

This is what happens when the neighborhood whores itself at every level. We’re left with a scene like this outside 199 Bowery on a Saturday night. Welcome to Lower Eastpacking HQ, where EMM Group swindled a third liquor license rather surreptitiously – Finale – with zero mention during the application process.

Saturday evening was actually the rescheduled 13th annual Heidi Klum Halloween bash at the backroom Finale. The original party, of course, had been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. We hoped that would be the end of that. But, alas. Overtime contractors carved out a buffer zone in the northbound Bowery lane for A-listers and a giant sidewalk-blocking tent. And during all the party prep, workers feverishly continued the round-the-clock buildout of the premises.

Heidi Klum was a seven-foot-tall Cleopatra, posing with Santa and a mess of presents…Russell Simmons arrived in suit, adidas, and arm candy…at which point we’d had enough.

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