New York attractions: New places to go in NYC in 2012

Find out what’s happening with New York attractions that are debuting this fall, including the Slipper Room and the Public Theater.

Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond Photograph: Amos Mac

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The Slipper Room

What it is: This downtown venue was once the epicenter of the neoburlesque and vaudeville scenes, and helped launch the careers of many a burly-Q star (Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Murray Hill and boylesquer Tigger!, to name a few). But after 11 years of debauchery, co-owner and creative director James Habacker—better known as his borscht belt alter ego, Mel Frye—shuttered the space in 2010 to rebuild it from the ground up.

Why you should care: Although its look and vibe are old-school, the refurbished club is swankier than the original, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, plus a fly-rig for aerial acts. The eclectic lineup of entertainment will include theater, literary events, art after-parties and variety shows—expect to see notable performers such as Justin Vivian Bond, Joey Arias and Lady Rizo. We also suspect that co-owner and music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro (Brooklyn Bowl) will be able to attract some hot acts. 167 Orchard St at Stanton St (212-253-7246, Opens later this fall.—Raven Snook

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