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A Chat With the New Doyenne of the Old Don Hill’s

A recent private party at The Hills.

A recent private party at The Hills.

After getting wind of the Hedwig-themed tribute coming to the former Don Hill’s later this week, we got a chance to talk to Alma Ayala, the creative director of the club that’s set to take over the space. The 40-year-old Carroll Gardens resident tells us The Hills will open sometime next year. Ayala, previously an art director in the music and fashion industries, is still being tight-lipped about the identity of her partners, but she did reveal a thing or two about the future incarnation of the Soho venue where bands like the Strokes played early gigs and where she once caught a secret Green Day show. Read on to hear what she has in store.
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Michael C. Hall and the <em>Hedwig</em> Gang Pay Tribute to Soon-to-Be-Rebooted Don Hill’s

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

There are more signs of life at the onetime home of Don Hill’s. No, it isn’t being zombified CBGBs-style. Rather, the club’s soon-to-open replacement, The Hills, will host a tribute to Don himself, featuring Michael C. Hall and other cast members of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which got its start at the rowdy rock-and-rave dive of yore.
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BrooklynXchange Ain’t Happening, But BK Vendors Galore in Union Square

1780148_791066680955463_6505091718767099592_o-280x128Despite going to the trouble of making a super Brooklyn-y promo video, the market that had hoped to bring Brooklyn makers to Soho during the holiday season has decided to delay its launch. BrooklynXchange posted the following message, informing followers that it was “unable to curate a full compliment of traders that reflect the values of what the BrooklynXchange is to be.”
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The Latest Brooklyn Market Is in Manhattan, Actually

1780148_791066680955463_6505091718767099592_oBrooklyn has become so cool that it’s being imported into Manhattan for tourists who are too lazy to go into Brooklyn. Four years ago, I wrote about the opening of a Brooklyn-themed restaurant in the West Village: “Manhattan’s Brooklyneer Has a Chef From Brooklyn’s Manhattan Inn,” went the improbable headline.
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International Playground Brings Its Condom-Packing Boxer Shorts to Soho

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Virginia Craddock at International Playground. (Photo: Dani Damario)

True to its name, International Playground believes in keeping fashion fun, and now it’s got a new sandbox to romp in: the store dedicated to forward-thinking Lower East Side denizens has moved uptown in spirit with a Soho outpost that opened this weekend.

With items like Chromat caged bustiers, ISLYNYC necklaces with chunky letters stating “BLAH BLAH BLAH” and “ZERO FUCKS,” and limited edition in-house team-ups (such as recent boxer shorts complete with a condom pocket and pervy photo by artist Ben Fredrickson), the shop has been an outré staple on Stanton Street since 2009. ItsSoho sibling stands out among neighbors like Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang.
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Calling All Bicycle Fetishists, Car Crazies, and Subway Nostalgics

Listen up, transportation nation! The next few months are going to be a trip, no matter what your preferred mode of hitting the road. 

Maspeth World of Wheels
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
The above video teaser alone is worth the price of admission ($5) to this auto show curated by artists including Grayson Cox, Elizabeth Ferry, Jeff Degolier and Michael Merck, who was last seen producing the Knockdown Center’s flea marketAmong the “100 carcentricities” promised are a steamroller, Honda festishists, “scary tow trucks and impressive Lamborghinis,” a Playgirl van and some artists confronting the “automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” Music by The Dangles and The Golden Grass from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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I’m Pretty Fucked Up

Written by Brooklyn playwright and New Mexico native Ariel Stess, I’m Pretty Fucked Up is a play about three high school friends who skip class to take a road trip into the New Mexico mountains. The action cuts between the friends and their freedom on the road, and the school, where teachers and students are dealing with an emergency lock-down.

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With Days Left to Legalize Their Lofts, Some Scramble, Others Stew, Many Have No Idea

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Landlords call him “the devil.”

Meet Arthur Atlas, an architect specializing in loft design. He earned this disparaging title as a result of his work with tenant advocacy groups, and a lifetime of finding loopholes within the city’s convoluted property laws. Currently, Atlas is helping a man who lives on the roof of a building in a small, prefabricated home. The man has water and a kitchen — amenities he built up himself. “It’s a great place,” Atlas said, “but it’s on the friggin’ roof.”
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Tonight, Digest Some Words That Are Sexier Than ‘Be Mine’

1902940_10153861171425192_1724211845_nFor those of you preparing for the spoken word romances of our dystopian future society a la Spike Jonze’s Her, we’ve got two Valentine’s Day happenings you don’t need a physical body to enjoy.

First, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 384 Broome Street, The Poetry Brothel is offering what its very own iteration of the “quickie,” in which you get to sidle up beside the “Poetry Whore” of your choosing and bask in 15 minutes worth of his or her sweet, sweet spoken words. In this case, physical existence doesn’t hurt the experience, as there are calligraphist body painters present to leave you with a parting gift.
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Stephen Colbert Still Can’t Get Over That Hillary Clinton Cover

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

At the Apple Store Soho last night, documentarian Ken Burns called the interface on his self-titled new free iPad app a “constellation” of historical events and themes, likening it to the “Planet Hillary” chart that accompanied The New York Times Magazine‘s January 26 cover story. A visibly drained Stephen Colbert — who’d just filmed two episodes of The Colbert Report — perked up when Burns made the reference.
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