NEW YORK — Anyone seeking diversion on some sultry August evening might consider beauty sleep instead. Come fall, it’s a night owl’s market out there. With the opening of a slew of clubs and bar/lounges, the city’s nightlife scene stands ready to receive a much-needed shot in the arm. Mayor Giuliani’s tyrannical rule is over, Michael Bloomberg the bachelor is in, and club owners are relishing the prospect of revitalized fun. After all, with the slew of bad economic news lately, won’t people be looking to party their woes away?

"A lot of people see Bloomberg as more open to nightlife and willing to do whatever he can to get the city’s economy thriving again," says Brent Dzekciorius, the manager of APT, which plans to open a second outpost in the meatpacking district next year. "To be so restrictive in granting cabaret licenses and liquor licenses — this administration can’t afford to be as strict as they were in the past."

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