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NYC's Former Limelight Nightclub is Becoming an IHOP

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New York's famed former Limelight nightclub is becoming an International House of Pancakes.

The Real Deal writes:

Retail broker Gene Spiegelman, an executive director at Cushman & Wakefield, said IHOP should thrive in New York City as Chock Full o'Nuts and fast-food chain Nedick's once did. 

"I can see the value of putting a 24-hour, seven-day, value-priced restaurant near subways, near schools. I think the location at Sixth [Avenue] and 20th [Street] is a great location," but, Spiegelman added, "The real estate is odd [because] the physical nature of the building is not traditional for an IHOP." 

The old Limelight is the subject of a new documentary from Magnolia Pictures.

Check out the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Diddy Apologizes for Homophobic Slur at Nightclub: VIDEO

Diddy tweeted an apology today following the posting of a video shot over the weekend in which he used racial and homophobic slurs at a clubgoer at a BET Awards after-party event. Diddy was apparently angry that the clubgoer was drinking Grey Goose and not the Ciroc vodka for which he is spokesman, TMZ reports.

Diddy Diddy began shouting at the man, "B*tch ass n**gas ... put that sh*t down ... before I come smack that purple shirt off your ass."

It appears Diddy grabs ice and throws it at the man ... before screaming, "What the f**k are you gonna do, b*tch? F**king f*ggot ass light skin n**gas get the f*ck out of my face."

Wrote Diddy on Twitter earlier today:

"I'm a child God and I should be better no matter what somone says to me. I'm sorry for the ignorant way I repesented myself and us....To all my childen of God ... I have backslid and regressed. Forgive me for my ignorance. Pray for me pls. I know better and I am better...I have a responibility that I promise I will live up to. And I'm more dissapointed in myself than you know. I will humble myself and learn. bottom line is I'm sorry to all! Pls find it in your heart to accept my apology. I will do better and be Greater And a source of positivity!

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Vienna's Hot Loads of Laundry: VIDEO

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A tipster sends along this promo clip for 'Circus Hot Wash', billed as Vienna Austria's biggest gay party, which is, we suspect, a slightly embellished depiction of what goes on in the city's laundromats while folks are waiting for their loads to finish.

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Industry Bar to Open This Fall in NYC Hell's Kitchen

IndustryI know that many of you fellow New Yorkers will be happy to hear that there is a new watering hole opening, this one coming from my friend Bob Pontarelli, who is a veteran producer of gay nightlife in Manhattan.

Industry, a new bar from Pontarelli and Stephen Heighton, the duo behind Crowbar, Barracuda, Leshko's Restaurant and Elmo Restaurant, will be opening in the coming weeks.

The bar, which is opening on 52nd street between 8th and 9th avenue, is built on the site of a former parking garage.

Says Heighton: "The size of the space was instantly appealing. It was an opportunity and a challenge too good to pass up. We've kept the natural feel of the space which is very masculine and has a lot of elements from the machine age. There is an inherent cool factor in the space that you would find in the clubs of Berlin or Barcelona."

For those of you who are interested, they've also sent along the bar's floor plan, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: The Saint, Remembered

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Legendary NYC nightclub The Saint opened thirty years ago this week, on September 20, 1980. To mark that anniversary, The Saint at Large is releasing a series of oral histories on the club. Its first features DJs Robbie Leslie and Michael Fierman.

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Atlanta Black Gay Pride Organizer, Traxx Owner, Shot and Killed

Durand Robinson, co-owner of Atlanta's nightclub Traxx and an organizer of the city's Black Gay Pride celebration, was found shot dead in the middle of Hadlock Street early Wednesday morning, the Journal Constitution reports:

Robinson "According to Atlanta police dispatchers, a resident in the 1700 block of Hadlock Street called 911 about 1:30 a.m. to report that she heard a loud scream, looked outside and saw a man lying in the middle of the street. Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, but Atlanta police said that Robinson got in an argument with someone shortly before shots were fired. Robinson lived in Decatur and co-owned Traxx, on Columbia Drive in DeKalb County."

A candlelight vigil will pay tribute to Robinson, according to Black Gay Pride organizers, on September 1.

Project Q Atlanta reports:

"Family and friends told WSB that Robinson may have been the victim of an attempted carjacking, but Atlanta police say investigators have not determined a motive or named a suspect in the shooting."


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