As crime soared and his approval rating plunged, New York City’s ‘blue-collar mayor’ Eric Adams rubbed elbows with Hollywood stars and powerbrokers at one of the most exclusive venues in town.
The cop-turned-politician flew to Los Angeles last weekend for a three-day jaunt in Tinsel Town, he says, to drum up positive press and business for the Big Apple.
During his trip, which included catching Dave Chappelle’s show at the Hollywood Bowl, he was seen at a dinner at the hyper-cool, members-only San Vincente Bungalows hosted by top Hollywood agent Cade Hudson, according to Page Six.
Paris Hilton, Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, her mom, Goldie Hawn and a gaggle of top movers and shakers such as sports agent Rich Paul, producer John Goldwyn, nightlife entrepreneur Jeff Klein, Kris Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble and former ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant, according to the gossip column.
It was an intimate 14-seat dinner at a long table and Adams gave a little speech during the meal.
New York Mayor Eric Adams, shown here at the Met Gala with his date, Tracey Collins, sees no contradiction in his anti-crime, pro-nightlife stance.
Adams sported a custom-made tuxedo at the Met Gala with an anti-gun message emblazoned on the back
Mayor Adams has become know for his taste for the nightlife. He’s seen here stepping out at Manhattan’s members-only club Zero Bond
Outer-borough Mayor Eric Adams glammed it up last weekend during a super-secret soiree with Paris Hilton, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
Guest list of NYC Mayor Eric Adams’s super-secret L.A. Soiree
- CAA agent Cade Hudson
- Hotel heiress Paris Hilton
- ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ actor Casey Affleck
- ‘Overboard’ actress Goldie Hawn
- Sports agent Rich Paul
- Hollywood producer John Goldwyn
- San Vincente Bungalows owner Jeff Klein
- Former ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant
- ‘Almost Famous’ actress Kate Hudson
A source told Page Six that the soiree was ‘to welcome the mayor to L.A.’
‘He and Nicole are working on an educational initiative together,’ the paper reported.
The San Vincente Bungalows, which was started by Klein in 2019, has a 750 members comprised of what the New York Times referred to as ‘apex predators’ like Steven Spielberg and Netflix CEO and husband of Avant, Ted Sarandos. The annual dues costing $4,200 for members over 35, $1,800 for those younger.
Screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz told the Times the décor was ‘a cross between a glorious English cottage, Bugsy Siegel’s hide-out and Bemelmans bar.’
The club is so private that camera lenses of all cell phones are covered with a sticker when members enter and photography is forbidden.
The club underwent a six-year, $50 million gut renovation just before the pandemic and boast a lust green courtyard with California pepper trees and espaliered kumquats climbing the lattices.
The stately setting seems to be at odds with Adams image of an outer borough guy, raised by a single mom who was house cleaner.
He’s talked about being beaten up by police before he went on to join the NYPD and rising to the rank of captain.
NYPD personnel respond to a shooting in Brooklyn last month. The US racked up 19,350 firearm homicides in 2020, as calls to defund the police were sweeping the nation
Ultra-exclusive members club that Steven Spielberg calls home… what is San Vincente Bungalows?
The ultra-exclusive San Vincente Bungalows boast some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and most powerful powerbrokers on its 750-member guest list.
This West Los Angeles club is the brainchild of hotelier Jeff Klein, who also owns the Sunset Tower.
Klein’s philosophy is ‘discretion is the better part of valor,’ according to GQ. Privacy is the highest commodity in the place. Stickers are placed over guests cellphone cameras when they enter to prevent any photography in the place.
Prior to opening in 2019, the club space underwent a six-year $50 million renovation. Dues for the club run to $4200 for members over 35, $1800 for those younger. Director Steven Spielberg, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos and actors Armie Hammer and Tracy Ellen Ross are among the 750 members.
Klein is working on opening a version of the club in Manhattan in the Jane Hotel in the West Village. He currently has 300 members on the list for New York, according to NY Mag’s Intelligencer.
‘I am just a blue-collar guy scraping along,’ he once told Politico. ‘I’m potentially the first blue-collar mayor.’
Adams has been known to attend Zero Bond, the downtown Manhattan members-only club.
He’s chided New Yorkers for staying in, saying the Big Apple has become ‘so boring’ in March.
‘I want to become a city of excitement again,’ he said.
The mayor also took heat from political pundits for jetting out of the city too often while the city suffers through a rise in crime.
He’s been to Miami, Chicago, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Los Angeles in the first few months in office.
Adams sees no contradiction in stepping out at night and fighting crime in the city.
He combined the two themes recently at the ultra-swank Met Gala after returning from his L.A. trip.
During the red-carpet event, Adams wore a custom-made tuxedo jacket with the words ‘End Gun Violence’ emblazoned on the back.’
‘We need to keep that in the forefront as we enjoy the financial ecosystem,’ he told the New York Times.
‘Several people cautioned him against doing too many trips because it will hurt,’ Karen Hinton, ex-press secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio, told NY1 News.
Adams also attended a tech conference held by Milken Institute Global Conference, but back home New Yorkers worried about the increase in gun violence.
While he was gone, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that his approval rating had dropped three points to 43 percent with 54percent of New York City voters saying he’s not doing a great job curbing crime.
Felony assaults in the five boroughs have jumped 20 percent in May from 2022. Rape is up 12 percent and robbery notched a whopping 44 percent increase from last year.
On Tuesday night, an officer was hit during a shootout in the Bronx during which the suspect was killed.
Adams expressed frustration himself over the rise of gun violence in the city.
‘The number of shootings we respond to every night is despicable,’ he told the New York Times.
Nationally, gun violence was up nearly 35 percent in 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday.
There were 19,350 gun murders during that first year of the pandemic, the government health group reported.
Adams squeaked into office on a platform of curbing the rise in crime in the city. He also launched a program with Gov. Kathy Hochul to cut down on the homeless problem and curb assaults, robberies and quality of life crimes in the subway station after several high profile attacks underground.
On Tuesday he complained that bail reform laws that were enacted to cutdown pretrial incarceration.
The suspect in the police shooting, Rameek Smith, 25, who was homeless, was out on bail for a gun possession charge from March 2020.
‘Here’s the problem,’ he said during a press conference after the shooting. ‘The arrest was March 2020 and for 20 months after the arrest he remained on the streets.’