But those days are over. Now 47 and married to Wilhelmina model Allie Rizzo with 4-year-old son Henry, he not only runs one of the hardest-to-join social clubs in town (some, he says, attempted five-figure kickbacks), he was recently named by the mayor to one of the city’s most influential and coveted social posts: the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Museum. of Art.
As for his former life? He no longer wants to stay up until 4 am six nights a week, pampering VIPs. “Nightclubs can suck your life,” he said. As an old mentor told him, “A club is a forever baby and you’re always going to change their diapers.”
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“I was blown away,” said Mr Sartiano, recalling the moment in 2017 when he first visited the 19th-century Victorian Gothic building at 0 Bond, his current address, which once housed Brooks Brothers . “I thought it was the coolest address on the coolest street.”
He envisioned a hotel, but the property was too small, so he looked to “urban housing and a social workplace” for people like himself. “There was a void of places to go for sophisticated, successful people who still want to be social at night,” he said. “The business model of most clubs is basically, ‘How many people can you stack on top of each other?’ I wanted to do the opposite.”
Judging by the half-dozen or more private social clubs opening in New York City these days (see Casa Cipriani, Casa Cruz, and the Ned), he was clearly onto something.
Mr Sartiano is coy about club membership except to say there is a waiting list of 8,000 people. Annual dues range from $2,500 to $4,000 (plus an initiation fee of $750 to $5,000), but money alone won’t guarantee entry to the club’s two floors of lavish lounges, private dining rooms, omakase restaurant, screening room and library.