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The New Hanging Out

Nightlife wizard Scott Sartiano conjures up an exclusive members’ club for when we’re finally done with distancing

“Don’t mention the elephant in the room,” Scott Sartiano says on a Friday in March, standing on the carpentry-littered main floor of Zero Bond, his new private members’ club.

The pachyderm in question is a large, stainless-steel statue, which an artist friend just dropped off. Its future seems uncertain. Although not without panache, it’s maybe at odds with the muted grays and greens of the space taking shape around it.

“I call it ‘New York dark,’” Sartiano, 45, says of the color scheme. He’s relaxing in a velvet armchair, wearing suede Loro Piana loafers and a black John Varvatos jacket covered in white hair from the three rescue dogs who share his Flatiron District apartment with his wife, Allie, and their 2-year-old son.

As soon as the hammering stops (and city

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