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portraits of dorrian’s-part 12: Amanda Redling

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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From the pages of AVENUE’s February issue, one of the many memories of the Unofficial Preppy Clubhouse…


I used to go there all the time my senior year of high school. I don’t remember what the drinking age was. I don’t think it was 21; probably 18. But I don’t think I was of age yet. And then when I was home from college, all of us would hang out there and we had a lot of fun. I actually spent a semester in Rome with a Dorrian daughter. She was younger than me. Her brother, Michael, was a friend of mine. We traveled in the same group. We would go there late-night, after being at parties or a club, until like 4 o’clock in the morning. I loved going back when I was home from college on break. One of my fondest and favorite nights was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving because everybody was home—all of your old friends getting back together. And I remember doing that around Christmastime, too. It was always very pretty around Christmas; they decorated it very nice. The whole group of New York kids would be at Dorrian’s together that time of year, having not seen each other for months, and we’d just pick up where we left off.


I never went back after what happened with Robert Chambers. I was there with Robert the night before it happened—he was an ex-boyfriend of mine—and he was just a mess. In the beginning of summer, he had gotten out of rehab and was cleaning up his act. My best friend and I were really good friends with him then. But she and I left for Boston for the summer and when we came back before school, that was when all the shit hit the fan. The night before that incident, he was so happy to see us, but out of his tree. He was on stuff, drunk. And then the following night was when Jennifer [Levin] was killed. We found out about it the next day and then I just never went back. The power of the media—they’d stand outside and interview kids coming in and out of Dorrian’s. The sensation of it . . . people were interested.


Michael Dorrian was a lovely guy. I’m glad to hear he’s still there. I’m shocked to hear it’s still open to tell you the truth! But my nephew goes.


—Amanda Redling


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