Playboy Club To Re-Open In New York City After 30 Years

The infamous Playboy Club will re-open in New York City after being closed 30 years ago. Bunnies and boobies will be bouncing at the revamped “Playboy Lounge and Supper Club.”

“The reintroduction of the Playboy Club to New York City is a huge milestone for us as we continue to reinvent our brand for new audiences all around the world,” said Playboy’s Valerie Golson in a statement. Last year Playboy magazine ended it’s all-nude pictorials in favor of more arty, less tacky topless pics, and the decision paid off. The move turned out to attract a younger audience who liked the cooler pics and were interested in the articles that they could read online at work, making the joke of why people really bought Playboy come true. (No wonder people aren’t getting any work done at work.)

This March another Playboy Club will open in Shanghai, China. In 2006 a Playboy Club opened in Las Vegas but closed in 2012. The club “was lost to lenders in 1982 after women’s lib changed the status quo,” notes the Post. Gloria Steinem, one of the founders of the women’s movement, now 83, went undercover as a Playboy Bunny in 1963 to write about the unfair conditions that the bunnies endured, including ass-grabbing and sexual harassment. After that article, conditions changed and she became a leader of what ass-grabbing guys called “women’s libbers.” The club’s opening is interesting timing in the age of renewed feminism.

According to The New York Post, a Brazilian based billionaire sold the former Playboy Club at 5 E. 59th St. to American real estate investors for $85 million! The store sits across from the Apple Store, one of the highest grossing stores in the world.

The new club will feature a lounge, dining room, game room, and a room full of eye candy Playboy Bunny waitresses and hostesses who will distract customers with the “Bunny Dip” as they eat, drink, and stare. The iconic Bunny costume, known as the “bunny suit”, will remain the same. It featured a fitted corset, (often stuffed for extra boobage with toilet paper in the late 1960’s before the age of breast implants), a collar, cuffs, bunny ears, and a round, fluffy tail.

The original Playboy Club opened in Chicago in 1960. This was followed by New York City’s Club opening in 1962, which closed in 1986. At one point there were over 40 clubs across the world. The Playboy Clubs  featured a “Living Room,” Dining Room, “Playmate Bar,” and a “Club Room” where famous entertainers like Sammy Davis Junior and Frank Sinatra would perform.

Today, there are Playboy Clubs in London, Hanoi, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai, Pune, India, and a café in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Playboy bunny costume endures as one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time.

Bunnies learn the “Bunny Dip.”

Welcome to the Playboy Club.

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the new book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wild-Girls-Club-Part/dp/0990462129. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and is currently a Sex Columnist for BRITISH GQ. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men’s Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.

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