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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Interiors: Manhattan Stylemaker, After Hours

The floor ladies on the 15th floor of the Rossiya Hotel know David Rabin quite well. "I'm the guy who always wakes them up at 4 A.M.," says Rabin, one of the American directors of Manhattan Express, a "New York style" nightclub in a corner of the Rossiya Hotel.


When Rabin is in Moscow -- two to three weeks of every five -- he lives a night-owl life, working from early afternoon until 4 A.M., when he slips through a door in the club's coat room, climbs a back staircase, walks down a long corridor and takes an elevator to his room.


"When I tell people I live here they can't believe it," says Rabin, 32, stretched out on his king-sized bed in the Rossiya, known as one of the world's largest and ugliest hotels. "But I feel very much at home here. All of these babushki have kind of adopted me."


Rabin also has the good fortune of staying on one of three renovated floors in the Rossiya. When he was here with his American partner, Will Regan, for two months before the club opened, he stayed in a spacious three-room suite with contemporary furniture and sweeping views of the Kremlin.


The quick commute to work is convenient, as Rabin spends about 16 hours a day in the club, training the Russian staff, overseeing the general operations, and explaining to Russian customers why there is no floor show. "'There is no show,' I tell them. 'You're the show.'"


Rabin, surprisingly unpretentious for someone running a nightclub that aims at being a magnet for the city's most beautiful and elaborately dressed denizens, is also busy starting a charity program to get foreign businesses involved in local volunteering.


"Do I have a life here? Yes, I have a life," says Rabin. "I go to the gym two or three times a week and I take a little time to read to keep my sanity."


He also maintains a ritual of Sunday brunch at the Metropol Hotel. "It's very civilized," he says. "I pay $40 to sit and listen to classical music."


After a few weeks of this routine, he switches places with his partner, returning to New York City to "collapse and watch football games."True Confessions


Likely to find in his carry-on bag from New York: Nutri-Grain cereal, Woolite, books and magazines, and running shoes.


Best thing about living in the Hotel Rossiya: "I don't have to go outside."


Worst thing about living in the Hotel Rossiya: No room service.


Best-kept secret about the Hotel Rossiya: Floors 15, 16 and 17, which were renovated to luxury standards by an Austrian firm.


What he'd like to have delivered to his door: "Other than my girlfriend? Ben & Jerry's low-fat chocolate fudge brownie frozen yogurt."


Last time he thought of packing up and going home: An hour ago.


Currently reading: "Red Square" by Martin Cruz Smith, "A History of Knowledge" and "Stiffed: The Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia" by William Knoedelseder.


What Moscow needs from New York: Football.


What New York needs from Moscow: Friendlier people.