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About Dow Twins

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Norman & Harold Dow

Four decades of “Social Engineering” by The Dow Twins has brought hundreds of thousands of “folk” affably together in social venues well-known for being some of the best places to “Meet and Greet” in New York City and in other major cities. The Dow Twins, with a kind of prosperity that is invaluable, cannot be measured by ordinary means. Indisputably, some of their greatest strengths are resilience and the ability to establish standards, set goals, overcome obstacles and meet challenges with a clear focus and commitment to success. The Twins have woven together an impressive network of friends and associates amongst the most active, appealing, intriguing and successful Black and Latino professionals. However, this picture has expanded into a more global representation of metropolitan New Yorkers.

Ever mindful of their commitment to “give back” to the community, the Twins participate in fund-raisers for many worthy causes. Their expertise has earned them well-deserved respect as consultants to these organizations.

Many have benefited from their professional leadership including the New York Urban League, The Minisink Boy’s, The Urban Network, The College Fund/UNCF, The Dave Winfield Foundation, The Negro Ensemble Co, Men Who Cook, Pathways for Youth, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The USS Intrepid Foundation, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, South Africa Mandela Project, Hurricane Katrina Relief Fundraiser and St. John’s University Alumni Association.

In recognition of our customers, The Reginald N. Dow Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to 16 students of their patrons and others, annually, in memory of the twins’ father.

One of the most celebrated and broadly attended (2,500 people) special event and benefit created by the Dow Twins is the annual fete aboard the aircraft carrier, Intrepid Air • Sea • Space Museum docked in New York City for 25 consecutive (1985-2010) years.

Other significant social venues in New York, where their business began and established a foothold include Justine’s, Leviticus, Studio 54, the South Street Seaport, The Red Parrot, The Waldorf-Astoria, the Iron Horse at Penn Station, The Palladium and The Old & New Copacabana – venues that attracted an international audience.

Since 1991, the Twins have partnered with The National Brotherhood of Skiers’ and Summits and enhanced their internationally renowned ski convention with top quality, engaging and unique networking opportunities for guests convening in Vail and Steamboat, Colorado, as well as Park City, Utah and many other acclaimed resorts including sites in Canada in 2000.

On November 10th, 2005…my beloved brother NORMAN S. DOW passed away in his sleep…leave a major hole in the hearts of thousands of folks from around the world. The First NORMAN S. DOW Fundraiser took place aboard the USS Intrepid Museum on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 the next event at NY Mets’ CitiField October 1st, 2011and the following at Terrace on the Park October 10th, 2015.

The Dow Twins’ next major project will be “The Book” to highlight the lives and social activites of Dow Twins’…toward African Americans and Hispanics during the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s in NYC and other major cities.

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Norman S. Dow was born in Queens, New York to the proud parents of Reginald and Evelyn Dow, on June 20, 1951.  He was the elder of a set of twins—the younger being his brother Harold.  Norman was educated at St. Catherine of Siena elementary school, then onto Christ the King High School.  He completed his undergraduate studies at St. Johns’ University where he majored in Computer Science.   Norman also received his real estate license about 10 years ago.

Charming, gregarious, with a great laugh and a quick wit, Norman built a spectacularly successful career out of being a host and promoter par excellence.  He made it look so easy and effortless—few people realized how hard Norman worked to be the best at what he did.  As one half of the famous Dow Twins, Norman ruled and reigned over the social and party circuit in New York from the eighties until now—a track record not matched by too many people in this glamorous but tough business.  Although Norman produced and hosted many parties and special events over the years he is perhaps best known for his heyday at the ultra hot Justine’s nightclub, his popular Salsa Fridays, as well as his Black Ski (NBS) parties in Vail, Aspen and Salt Lake City.

He was particularly proud of the success of the highly anticipated annual big bash aboard the USS Intrepid.   After 21 years “The USS Intrepid” became a tradition and a “family reunion” of sorts, which attracted thousands of loyal friends who had met—and in many cases married—as a result of a Dow Twins connection.  Never one to sit on his laurels, Norman also enjoyed great success as a restaurateur at the hip and homey Manhattan Proper in Queens, and also developed a thriving real estate career.

Our Norman Dow passed away, due to an aneurysm, early Thursday morning, November 10th, at home in his sleep.  Harold and his mother, were at his bed side.  They are comforted in the knowledge that Jesus saw him growing tried, took him by the hand and said  “Son it’s time for you to rest..“

Norman is welcomed into heaven by his Father Reginald Norman Dow, his grandparents Arthur Dow and Francis Sims, and one of his godmothers, Rose Lindsay.