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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Just as Dick Clark had a long and defiant run as “America’s oldest teenager,” drag king Murray Hill gives no indication of intent to abdicate his well-earned position as the “hardest working middle-aged man in show business.” Having made his bones with a breezy, bawdy persona that draws on vaudeville, burlesque, borscht […]

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Life In A Cabaret

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | They were the icons of an era — The Tropicana, El Morocco, and The Stork Club — clubs that defined New York’s nightlife in the 1940s through 1960s as the sine qua non of the glamorous life, dripping with stars and churning with gossip, all to the tune of fantastic entertainment. […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A gourmet wrap shop called Wolfnights had its grand opening on 235 Bleecker St. near Carmine St. last month. This is its second location after its popular original spot at 99 Rivington St. on the Lower East Side. If you can get past the term “gourmet wrap,” and the slick logo […]

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BY RAINER TURIM | Do you fondly reminisce about eating burritos at Benny’s Burritos on Avenue A? Well, you’re in luck, because Mark Merker, the owner of the former Benny’s and Harry’s Burritos has renamed Che Cafe, his recently opened empanada shop at 86 E. Seventh St., Benny’s Burritos & Empanadas. “I miss Benny’s and I’ve […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Whether crossing herself for the spiritual strength to knock “New York, New York” out of the park or repurposing a song from “Cabaret” to address the mobility issues of an aging hoofer, Rick Skye’s Liza Minnelli walks (and occasionally Fosse-Fosse-Fosses) the thin line between reverent and ruthless. Singing in his natural voice […]

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BY ELANA DURE | For Grace Figueroa and Amber Kulak, it all started with a Labor Day trip to the Hamptons. The friends had traveled the two-to-three-hour journey to Kulak’s summer place for a relaxing vacation weekend. Taking friends’ advice, the women decided to dine at Happy Bowls in Montauk, a unique acai bar with […]

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BY LEVAR ALONZO | A new business whose look and sound pays playful homage to the 1970s is serving up heaping mounds of fries that reflect the owner’s love of spuds. FryGuys opened a few weeks ago at 150 E. Second St., at Avenue A, and is serving up a pound and half of fries for […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN | My husband and I recently treated ourselves to dinner at 99 Bank, the new restaurant on the corner of Bank and Greenwich Sts., former home to the Marrow, Paris Commune and Nadine’s. All we knew about the place was what we could see from a cursory peek from the sidewalk, and […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN | We West Villagers used to have a rule of thumb: If you see a forlorn, anonymous, unimproved building, assume it’s a Gottlieb property. Bill Gottlieb, the eccentric local landlord, was more of a collector of buildings than a developer of them. Gottlieb died 17 years ago and his company is now […]

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Get in the spirit of the holiday season and get a great-tasting meal at the Annual Sixth Precinct Roast Beef Dinner fundraiser for the Caring Community. It all happens on Tues., Dec. 6, rom 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center, Father Demo Hall, 25 Carmine St. Admission is $13 […]

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