February 07, 2005 12:00 PM

•Glam garage:

Between Uma’s canoodling, “Beyoncé’s birthday bash and P. Diddy‘s showing off the Olympic torch, the year-old Marquee reigns as Manhattan’s hottest celeb hangout. “Our goal was to build the modern-day Studio 54,” says Noah Tepperberg, 29, who, with business partner Jason Strauss, 30, carved it out of a former garbage-truck garage.

•The layout:

After grooving to house or hip hop, stars like Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson and Leonardo DiCaprio relax in the intimate back lounge or on the glass-walled mezzanine. “It’s the best setup club,” says regular Paris Hilton. The leather banquettes offer another perk: “We built little drawers so you can stash your pocketbook away,” says Strauss.

•Great expectations:

The night Stevie Wonder gave an impromptu performance of “Isn’t She Lovely,” “I said, ‘We just hit the pinnacle,'” says Tepperberg, whose Marquee outpost was a celeb magnet at the Sundance Film Festival. “Then I thought, ‘No way. It is going to get better.'”

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