Bay Ridge

GOP Borough President candidate Vito Bruno hosts Bay Ridge meet and greet

July 21, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Borough President candidate Vito Bruno holds a campaign balloon outside Delia’s Lounge in Bay Ridge. Eagle photos by Arthur De Gaeta

The hot and steamy temperatures did not keep guests and supporters from showing up at Bay Ridge’s trendy Delia’s Lounge on Thursday for an informal meet and greet with Republican Borough President candidate Vito Bruno.

The charismatic entertainment impresario held court and invited guests to sample the two varieties of meatballs he had cooked himself — a delicious classic and a special family recipe meatball that included raisins as one of the ingredients.

Bruno, a renowned music industry veteran who played a key role during the ’70s disco era, told the Brooklyn Eagle that he was hosting a series of “Meatballs and Merlot” events to meet with residents in the community and find out what they want most in their borough president.

He compared his style to former Borough President Marty Markowitz, whom he hailed as the ultimate Brooklyn promoter and champion of the borough. He fancies himself as the outsider, who unlike incumbent Borough President Eric Adams, is from outside the political arena.

The nightlife legend started his career at 2001 Odyssey, the Brooklyn club made famous in the John Travolta classic “Saturday Night Fever,” which was filmed primarily in Bay Ridge.  

Bruno was able to book some of the most famous disco acts of the day to perform at the club including the Village People, Chic, Kool & the Gang and Gloria Gaynor.

His AM/PM Entertainment Concepts company has scored 50 Billboard No. 1 hits. He has also produced countless events for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.

Recently, Bruno auctioned off and sold the fabled dance floor from 2001 Odyssey that was custom built for “Saturday Night Fever.”  Bruno has owned the lighted dance floor, which measured 24-by-16 feet, since the club closed its doors in 2005. Bruno told the Eagle that he was reluctant to sell it but it was time to let it go and share it with the world.