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Bio by Alvina Collardeau

Ben Chang is a distinguished U.S. Diplomat at the U.N. by day... and a popular Lower East Side DJ by night. He has traveled the world on official missions alongside Former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell. He was stationed at the American Embassy in Paris for three years before moving back to New York, hence his frequent trips back to the City of Lights to spin Fashion Week.

As alter ego Hong Kong Hefner, his DJ stomping grounds in New York include East Side Company Bar, Thor at the Hotel on Rivington and the Bowery Hotel. "I get my news from CNN and Fashion File, read Al Kamen's "In the Loop" column as well as Richard Johnson's Page Six—plus I subscribe to PAPER magazine and the Economist," says Chang. "So when you mention Angelina Jolie, my first question is whether she has a new role onscreen or a new mission as UN Goodwill Ambassador?"




No DJs, no ropes, just inventive well-crafted cocktails. With a laid-back crowd, Barramundi is good to begin or end an evening, …more

Salt Bar


There's a great bar menu at Salt Bar, not fried foods, but petite lasagna, Thai shrimp skewers, and romaine wedges with Caesar dressing. …more

Back Room


Once we say hi to the garrulous Tom watching over this speakeasy's door, we come upon a spacious split-level bar and lounge. …more

Tides Seafood


The place seats only 22 and features 120,000+ bamboo skewers lining the ceiling creating an undulating wooden wave caught mid-crest above the diners. …more

Turntable Lab


Long live vinyl (or "blackcrack" as some of us addicts call it)! Where to get it? My one-stop-shop nowadays is Turntable Lab. …more

Other Music


Walk into Other Music and you will hear something you never knew existed playing over the speakers. …more



When I need a little spark and spice, I head to this gem of a restaurant on Avenue B. …more

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