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These Photos From Vivienne Gucwa’s New Book Will Make You Look Forward to Winter

New York Winter, Tompkins Square Park.

New York Winter, Tompkins Square Park.

Back in 2008, Vivienne Gucwa quit the three jobs she’d been working after having been disowned by her parents at the age of 17 and decided to finish getting her degree. To cope with the stress, the native New Yorker took long walks around her home neighborhood, the Lower East Side, and eventually decided to start photographing what she saw. “I bought a really cheap camera off of Amazon because I couldn’t afford a smartphone,” she laughs. Six years later, she not only has a proper phone, but her lush, evocative cityscapes have garnered over 54,000 followers on Instagram, over 1.7 million followers on Google+ (she was an early “suggested user”), and a coveted sponsorship from Sony (her days of point-and-shoot are long gone).
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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 Hedwig 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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