Bettina's Take: Dani Stahl and Ali Wise's Birthday Celebration

Dani Stahl, Ali Wise

Pouring rain, raging thunder, and sweltering heat couldn't stop Ali Wise and Dani Stahl's BFF's from celebrating their birthdays at the Dream Downtown, a new hotel with a great vibe (and wonderful air–conditioning—thank God!) that will open imminently.

The truly inclement weather may have forced the Black Eyed Peas to cancel their free concert in Central Park, but nothing was going to deter Tinsley Mortimer (in Hervé Léger), Nicole Mellon, Alex Kramer, Stacy Bendet (in Alice + Olivia), Gregg Bello, or Leslie and David Schulhof from having a few Rosemary Orange Cocktails while Leigh Lezark DJ'd.

The sprawling chrome, wood, and glass space was filled with metallic snakeskin couches for the evening. Black leather banquettes will remain for a soon-to-open steakhouse. Outside, through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a vine-covered metal staircase leads up to the "beach club," where goings on in the glass-bottomed pool can be observed by guests in the lobby. Is exhibitionism de rigueur for hotels since The Standard was built? Hmmm...

But back to the party at hand. "Even though it's rainy, it feels like a bright, sunshiny day in New York, because it's Ali and Dani's birthday," said Dori Cooperman, looking amazing in a tight black Dolce & Gabbana.

Wise, resplendent in Yves Saint Laurent, was thrilled to be inaugurating the Dream Downtown.

"Noah [Tepperberg], who runs this place, is one of my oldest friends, and Dani is one of my dearest friends. We always give our birthday party together. This is the first party they're having in this space. They also own Avenue, and our birthday was the first party they had in that space a few years ago; they say we're their good luck charm," she relays with a smile.

Stahl, wearing Lanvin, will be flying off to San Francisco next week to write an article with Levi's for Nylon. "I couldn't be more excited about having my birthday in this space that's just opening tonight," she enthused.

People mingled, jumped up and down, kissed, gossiped, laughed, drank—all the makings of a great party—and spoke of vacation plans and Dylan Lauren's upcoming wedding.

I went outside for a moment and caught up with Nicky Hilton, who is designing a line of costume jewelry, Nicholai by Nicky Hilton, available on Amazon.com. "I love Ali and Dani, Vikram [Chatwal] and Noah, and I'm happy to be here and support, and check out the new hotel," she said.

I echo that, Nicky. What a perfect way to celebrate. Happy birthday, Dani and Ali!

Photo: Birthday girls Dani Stahl and Ali Wise.