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Nightlife Notebook: Bowery 2.0, Pink Elephant Lives On

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BOWERY 2.0— When the community defeated Koi's plans for the Bowery, the building owners were forced to find a buyer who wasn't looking to do any nightlife related projects. What they found was a French company who had cash and a plan to convert the former Salvation Army building into a boutique hotel. The kicker? The sinfully ugly building [pictured] will have "light up balconies that will shimmer at night, bringing a bit of that dance-club flare back to the cleaned up thoroughfare." This kick in the groin to the East Village proves once again that you can't stop nightlife, you can only hope to contain it. [Curbed NY via the Observer]

INTERNATIONALPink Elephant may have disappeared from New York for the time being, but that doesn't mean the party doesn't still live on. The brand opened a new club in Playa Del Carmen Mexico over New Year's Eve, joining its sister locations in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo, Brazil. It's New York plans have gone quiet since its bid to take over the old M2 space died on the vine. Meanwhile, Cain New York is dead, but Cain at the Atlantis lives on. Go figure. [EaterWire]

MEATPACKING DISTRICT— It looks like Tenjune's renovation plans have been put on temporary hold for the time being. No word yet on if or when these minor changes will begin. [EaterWire]

MIDTOWN WEST— Speaking of international clubs, it's been a while since we heard anything from Sankeys, the Manchester based club that announced its NYC plans last summer. Chatter across the various house club sites points to an opening coming sometime early this year. Hopefully things go smoother than they did for D:36. [EaterWire]

MEATPACKING DISTRICT— Finally, the Darby has become the A #1 place to spot superstars performing late night sets to its jet set crowd. Last week, Lady Gaga jumped on stage (or, at least, somebody who looks like her) to perform at the anti-Supper Club. This week, Prince sent his entire posse down to 14th Street following his show at MSG. If you want to join the fun, just head on over to OpenTable, make a ressie, and hope that someone important shows up. [PageSix]

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