The Other 9-To-5: Vashtie's Ultimate Late-Night LES Hot Spots
If you need to know where to go once the sun sets, just ask the beautiful girl with the shining curls and constant smile you see at every essential NYC event. Vashtie Kola — a DJ, creative brand consultant, video director, and "downtown's sweetheart" — lives for the night, spending her evenings hopping from highbrow gallery opening to sweaty basement dance party and making friends all along the way. Despite the fact that she almost exclusively works and plays in the dark, Vashtie (or Va$htie if you prefer) is one of the brightest rays of sunshine on the shadowy streets of the Lower East Side. An expert on everything worth doing between East Houston and Canal, Vashtie took some time out of her busy
day night to tour us around her favorite local spots and show how she lives, eats, drinks, and dances between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Click on for a night on the town and some late-evening lessons courtesy of Vashtie!
Photographed by Michael Flores