Fat Baby (112 Rivington, Wed. thru Sunday, 7 pm to 4 am) “is a multi-level bar/lounge…both a rock and roll venue as well as a unique version of downtown NYC nightlife set in an LA-inspired lounge setting.”

Snapped ten minutes before last night’s 9 pm New York Film Festival screening of Personal Shopper. Maybe 10% occupancy, and then suddenly everyone began streaming in between 8:55 and 9:05 pm. They’d all been schmoozing in the lobby. Every seat was taken when the lights went down. The film actually began a bit after 9:15 pm. The room loved it (you could feel it) but the projectionist deserves a spanking for initially failing to frame the image so the occasional subtitles could be read.

Babeland (94 Rivington St.) is a casual, relaxing, feminized atmosphere. (For the most part the days of dudes working in sex shops are long gone.) Their paraphernalia is viewable & purchasable on their site but for some reason one of the staffers told me “no photos.”

(l . to r.) Personal Shopper director Olivier Assayas, Kristen Stewart, NY Film Festival honcho Kent Jones during post-screening q & a.