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.



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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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