While many speculated that NFT NYC might be off this year based on the climate and sentiment of uncertainty in the crypto space, it seems to be business as usual! From Sunday until late night Wednesday we’ve seen a collection of great activations.
The true believers are “zooming out” and focusing on building and accumulating now for the future. Web3 winners are chalking it up to buy another “big dip.” It looks like we have been seeing those who have been in the game for a while band together with a strong sense of community support for some who are having a challenging time. Beyond that, we are seeing collabs galore!
A massive integration of Web3 brands with traditional brands and talent. Some collections like BAYC, WOW and Doodles are continuing to thrive. NFTNOW hosted a gala to announce their NFT100 highlighting the most prominent movers and shakers in the space.
Tonight, Richie will be co-hosting the Moonlight Gala at Casa Cipriani with Mike Cayre and honoring Moonpay’s Ivan Soto-Wright and FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried to benefit CARE. Limited tables are still available https://www.moonlightgalany.com/tables.
Here are some additional highlights from the past few days among my travels.
Monday, June 20
Apefest at Pier 17 had surprise guest performances from the legendary LCD Soundsystem followed by QuestLove
Private Doodles holders reception at The Palace in Tribeca
Sandbox presents Steve Aoki at Gotham Hall filled with industry insiders
Tuesday, June 21
Apefest wasn’t stopped by the misty rain with performances by Timbaland and Lil Baby
Sandbox presents Tiesto at Gotham Hall for an intimate performance compared to the massive crowd the superstar is used to at stadiums and arenas
Doodles @doodles Popup at Palladium Times Square announcing Pharrell Williams as their Chief Brand Officer before an outstanding performance by The Chainsmokers! Congrats to the Doodles founders @burnttoast and @evankeast
Wednesday, June 22
A day filled with investor lunches and meetings as well as talks featuring Yuga Labs and others
Private opening of The Ned Nomad, the Manhattan version of the London Member’s Club. A new addition to the Soho House collection
Decentralised Investment Group and BRON Studios bash in Chelsea highlighting elite international investors making waves in the Web3 space
Tao Group’s infamous annual Swedish Midsummer celebration at Tao Downtown. Guests were dressed in all white and looking fabulous. Many of the attendees headed over to Marquee for Yellowheart’s Kaskade performance with Matt Medved. The DJs were among friends like acclaimed street artist Alec Monopoly, Art Grails’ Avery Andon, Drew Taggart from The Chainsmokers and many other bold faced names.
Stay tuned as we close out NFT NYC with a bang tonight!