R.I.P. Don Hill and David Apelewicz


It’s a sad day for the restaurant and nightlife industries. Eater reports that Don Hill, the founder of eponymous, legendary club, has passed away at the age of 66, while the Daily News brings word of the death of David Apelewicz, a Remedy Diner waiter who was shot in the head during a mugging.

Don Hill opened his club at the far western end of Spring Street back in 1993, and it subsequently became a nightlife fixture, thanks to raucous parties like SqueezeBox, Motherfucker, and Misshapes. Paul Sevigny, who reopened the club last year with Nur Khan, told The New York Observer at the time that Hill was “really the fucking real thing. He was doing cooler things when me and Nur were in fucking diapers than what we’re doing now.”

While David Apelewicz lived his life far from the limelight, he was much loved by his co-workers at the Remedy Diner on East Houston Street. Apelewicz, a 43-year-old former real estate agent, was shot at point-blank range last Tuesday while being mugged in his Midwood neighborhood. He died on Sunday, leaving behind two sons and his father. Investigators are currently questioning three men caught on a surveillance camera shortly before the mugging occurred.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 1, 2011


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