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Playboy Club and its Bunnies are making a comeback in NYC

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/7/2017 By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1963 file photo, Playboy Bunnies Elka Hellmann, from left, Monica Schaller and Sabrina Scharf serve drinks at New York's Playboy Club. The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies, with rabbit tails and ears, will soon be back in business in New York City. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later this year in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (AP Photo/John Lent, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1963 file photo, Playboy Bunnies Elka Hellmann, from left, Monica Schaller and Sabrina Scharf serve drinks at New York's Playboy Club. The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies, with rabbit tails and ears, will soon be back in business in New York City. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later this year in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (AP Photo/John Lent, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies with rabbit tails and ears will soon be back in business in New York City.

FILE - In this June 25, 1986 file photo, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, center, poses with a group of current and former Playboy bunnies at the Playboy Club in Los Angeles, days before the club closed. The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies, with rabbit tails and ears, will soon be back in business in New York City. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later this year in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (AP Photo, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 25, 1986 file photo, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, center, poses with a group of current and former Playboy bunnies at the Playboy Club in Los Angeles, days before the club closed. The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies, with rabbit tails and ears, will soon be back in business in New York City. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later this year in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (AP Photo, File)

Three decades after the Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new one will debut later this year in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square.

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2010 file photo, waitresses pose inside the Playboy Club at the Sands Casino in Macau. The club closed in 2013. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later this year in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2010 file photo, waitresses pose inside the Playboy Club at the Sands Casino in Macau. The club closed in 2013. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later this year in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

It will have a lounge, a restaurant, a game room and, of course, the bunnies, though with updated outfits.

In this undated photo provided by Playboy.com, Playboy Bunnies and guests mingle in London's club, which opened in 2011 following a 30 year hiatus. The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies, with rabbit tails and ears, will soon be back in business in New York City. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later 2017 in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (Playboy.com via AP) © The Associated Press In this undated photo provided by Playboy.com, Playboy Bunnies and guests mingle in London's club, which opened in 2011 following a 30 year hiatus. The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies, with rabbit tails and ears, will soon be back in business in New York City. Three decades after the original Playboy Club closed in Manhattan, a new club will debut later 2017 in a hotel a few blocks from Times Square. (Playboy.com via AP)

Some travel experts say they aren't sure the zeitgeist is quite right for a return of the club.

In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, photo, Kathryn Leigh Scott poses at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scott, who was a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Manhattan during the 1960's, at the same time as feminist Gloria Steinem, has written a history of the Playbook clubs, titled "The Bunny Years," interviewing 300 other former Bunnies around the world. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © The Associated Press In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, photo, Kathryn Leigh Scott poses at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scott, who was a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Manhattan during the 1960's, at the same time as feminist Gloria Steinem, has written a history of the Playbook clubs, titled "The Bunny Years," interviewing 300 other former Bunnies around the world. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

But Playboy Enterprises spokesman John Vlautin promised the club on West 42nd Street "will be one of the most chic and sophisticated venues in the world."

In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, photo, Kathryn Leigh Scott poses at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scott, who was a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Manhattan during the 1960's, at the same time as feminist Gloria Steinem, has written a history of the Playbook clubs, titled "The Bunny Years," interviewing 300 other former Bunnies around the world. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © The Associated Press In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, photo, Kathryn Leigh Scott poses at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scott, who was a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Manhattan during the 1960's, at the same time as feminist Gloria Steinem, has written a history of the Playbook clubs, titled "The Bunny Years," interviewing 300 other former Bunnies around the world. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Other revivals of the original Playboy clubs are already operating in London, the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi and several places in India.

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