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Stonewall LGBT History Tour

Leading U.S. tour operator, New York Tour1 is thrilled to announce the premiere of “Beyond Stonewall: New York LGBT History Tour,” an exclusive tour created in honor of NYC Pride, celebrating the leaders of New York’s LGBT community.

Named the #2 U.S. attraction on TripAdvisor earlier this year, the company has partnered with the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, a nonprofit organization providing educational, strategic and financial assistance to grassroots organizations supporting LGBTQ communities and individuals who suffer the indignities and fear arising from social intolerance here in the United States and around the world.

Together they’re strengthening New York Pride Month by going beyond the parade and parties; offering the public a chance to discover, commemorate, and remember the pioneers, artists, and leaders of LGBT history.

“Beyond Stonewall: New York LGBT” is a two-hour walking tour that will start at 4:00 pm on June 21, 23, and 24. Expert guides will lead guests through decades of LGBT history as they journey through the streets of New York City’s Greenwich Village. The itinerary includes visits to the historic Stonewall Inn (the birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement), as well as sites significant to New York’s LGBT pioneers and leaders, including: the Larry Kramer residence, the Waverly Theater, and the Gay Liberation Monument.

“We’re very excited to host this event. New York Pride is so much more than the wonderful parties and glorious parade that it’s globally known for. There’s an extensive amount of history and information about the sacrifices people made for LGBT progress, right here in NYC. We wanted to highlight and honor those courageous events with this tour.” – Marcus Carlsson, Marketing Manager

About New York Tour1

Since its founding in 2010, New York Tour1 has been offering a range of award-winning walking tours to locals and international visitors alike. Every day, it runs tours throughout multiple neighborhoods in Manhattan. The company prides itself on designing “authentic” experiences that give guests stories and memories to hold on to even after they leave. Guides are knowledgeable storytellers who have personal connections to or professional expertise in the tours they give.

Pricing: $25 with all proceeds to Stonewall Gives Back Initiative

Tickets to “Beyond Stonewall: New York LGBT History Tour” cost $25 and are available for purchase over the phone or online.  

Website: https://www.newyorktour1.com/the-pride-tour

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Jose Rivera JR Does Adele

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NYC-based Puerto Rican-American performing artist and choreographer José Rivera, Jr.​ has released a gorgeous, immersive video cover of Adele’s song “When We Were Young,” directed by Blake Pruitt. In the video, he grapples with his feminine and masculine identities while reflecting on memories of a past lover, seeking to address his own body dysmorphia through physical expression.

Says Rivera, “I create accessible work in a digital, shareable format to inspire change and encourage conversation on how we perceive our physical selves. The response to my live work OF CAKE & VANITY (inspired directly by my dysmorphia) created a dialogue on mental health between friends, family, and me. Seeing live performance is a privilege. Theater and most live performance was not accessible to me as a +60lb overweight gay Latino teen with an abusive, controlling father. Videos on my computer and smartphone were an escape for a physically and emotionally trapped kid. By queering traditional narratives, my work provides visibility for bodies of all backgrounds, ethnicities, shapes, sizes, and identities in an effort to merge them with pop cultural norms i.e. ‘making difference mainstream.'”

WATCH AND LISTEN

Video credits:
Directed & Edited: Blake Pruitt
Choreography: Ali Perkins
Band: Jordan Auber, Percussion Steve Conroy, Bass Albert Goold, Keyboard Max Yassky, Drums
Dancers: Alexa Andres, Andrew Chung, Becca Co, Rebecca Marie Hidalgo, Justin Robert Thomas Smith
Camera: Dan Rodriguez
Mobile Recording: Cesar G | cesargmusic@gmail.com
Experimental Bitch Presents
JOSÉ RIVERA JR is a Puerto Rican-American multimedia performing artist, director & choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY, merging techniques in music, fashion, technology, visual art, and theater.  NYC: OF CAKE & VANITY: A Musical Painting (The P.I.T. NYC, Dixon Place, SCENESPACE NYC), Dangerous Curve Between Jerusalem and Jericho (DP), Emily Dickinson: OUTER SPACE! (Bushwick Starr). BFA, NYU Tisch 2014
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New York Masturbation Booth Publicity Stunt

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A few days ago

a photograph purportedly showing an officially sanctioned New York City public masturbation booth called “GuyFi” started circulating around the internet:

While the above-displayed image is real, this isn’t truly an officially sanctioned “public masturbation booth” that was installed by New York City. The “GuyFi” booth is a marketing gimmick for an adult sex toy company called Hot Octopuss.

The company issued a press release for “GuyFi” on 15 January 2016:

With a staggering 80 per cent of Americans saying they suffer from workplace stress, award-winning sex toy brand Hot Octopuss has launched the world’s first ‘GuyFi’ male stress relief booth in Manhattan.

According to Time Out, a remarkable 39% of New Yorkers ‘self-soothe’ in the workplace to alleviate stress. Hot Octopuss has created the GuyFi booth to take this habit out of the office and into a more suitable environment designed to give the busy Manhattan man the privacy, and the high-speed Internet connection, he deserves.

Adam Lewis, Hot Octopuss co-founder and designer of PULSE, the world’s first Guybrator, said:

“There’s no denying that working a nine to five job can be stressful on both your mind and body, especially in a non-stop city like Manhattan. It’s really important for guys to look after themselves so that they can stay healthy and focus properly on the task in hand. We’re told time and time again how beneficial it is to have a break away from your desk.”

While Hot Octopuss really did convert an old phone booth into what it called a “public masturbation booth,” New York City has not legalized public masturbation. A representative for the company told Mashable that they are not encouraging people to actually masturbate inside the “GuyFi” booth:

“We may be insinuating that these booths could be used in whichever way anyone would like to ‘self soothe,'” a representative tells Mashable, “but the brand is not actively encouraging people to masturbate in public as that is an illegal offense.”

In summation, the GuyFi booth does exist, but it is a marketing gimmick for Hot Octopuss, a sex toy company, and not an officially sanctioned public space for masturbation in New York City.  Public masturbation remains illegal.

 

 

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PRIDE Web Series in New York

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A brand new controversial web series hits the digital scene!

PRIDE: The Series reflects real life experiences not only in the LGBTQ community, but also with an honest approach to the average person’s search for identity in New York City.

 

In an effort to expose good vs. evil in a society focused on discrimination, PRIDE: The series explores the reality of living with difficult circumstances. Painted with sex, drugs, heartache, and multicultural characters, this web series aims to prove that even the most diverse people can face similar battles, creating quite a bond.

For a glimpse into the life of PRIDE, check out the trailer:http://www.pridetheseries.com/trailer/.

(6 chapters out now!)

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New York’s Paige Turner

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#WINNING    New York’s  Paige Turner has developed a huge following over the years and now is a fixture in NY’s  Night Life scene.

We first saw her about 3 years ago at the now closed VLADA. Now, she has done so much in the city! Splash, The Ritz, Therapy….Paige is also  host of “So You Think You Can Drag” at New World Stages showcasing the hottest new queens on the scene with celebrity judges that have included Adam Lambert, Charles Busch and Julie Halston.

Sunday  nights at Therapy in Hell’s Kitchen, Paige  continues her popular long “SLURP!” show. She did  the 200th show of her popular Sunday night soiree “Slurp!”

She told EDGE, “Slurp! is the baby that I nurse,” she says. “If you are lucky enough to work full time in drag, you have your one big show. It’s the show that I tell people who have never seen me to go to first. It’s not that I don’t put in the same energy at other shows, it’s just the one where right away you’d get me.”

Paige Turner’s show-stopping seasonal drag competition So You Think You Can Drag dominates the Thursday night midtown scene in the lower floors of the New World Stages on 50th Street every Thursday night @ 11 p.m.

Paige on Facebook

 

 

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Limo Service – Where ever You Are

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A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

They will find the perfect vehicle for that special occasion. A-List/Midwest Limousine Service has put together special VIP packages for you. Book your personal, premium limousine in over 500 locations worldwide, irrespective of whether you need a limousine in New York, but also Chicago,California, or overseas.

As well as a first-class, customized service, you and your guests will be provided with an experienced and reliable chauffeur for use around the clock. This chauffeur service is able to reliably coordinate a schedule or route change even if at the last minute, thus saving time, and bringing you, the customer, to your destination punctually.

In renting a limousine from us, you open up a world of possibilities. Our special event service will safely transport you and your business partners in luxurious mini-vans and coaches to trade shows, conventions and festivals. For special occasions like weddings or gala dinners, your luxury stretch limousine wedding car is ready for you from the same category. Of course the excellent chauffeur service is also provided to you by the A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

 

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Outstanding vehicles from Lincoln MKT, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Chrysler offer the desired luxury you deserve as a business traveler or celebrity. The A-List/Midwest Limousine Service allows you to experience an uncomplicated but sophisticated way of renting a limousine across the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Reservation Phone: 800-729-5110

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Hyatt Times Square Offers Highest Rooftop Views in the City

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Summer is just around the corner….I think!   And there is nothing better than sipping cocktails  on a  gorgeous rooftop in Manhattan!

Bar 54, at the newly opened Hyatt Times Square, has  officially earned the title of New York’s highest rooftop lounge. (135 West 45th Street).

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Whether you’re gearing up for a night on the town, winding down from a day of sightseeing or just looking for a spectacular place to enjoy the city, our vibrant NYC roof-top lounge is the place to be. Set atop our 54-story tower, the lounge invites you to enjoy its extensive views that stretch across Manhattan from the Hudson River to the East River. Here, you can savor specialty cocktails, fine wines and gourmet small plates while mingling around cozy fireplaces, indoors and out. This hot new nightlife destination is already being acclaimed as an exciting addition to Times Square’s bar scene.

Panoramic windows offer breathtaking views and  there’s a terrace with views from the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center to the Hudson River. True, cocktails won’t come cheap. But the views are worth it!

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FRUIT FLIES New York Web series

I am so excited to share with you the news of the upcoming webseries, FruitFlies! Check us out 

at fruitfliesny.com

 

FruitFlies is the show about gay guys’ advice to girls. As
a twenty-something living in New York City, my girl-friends and I quickly found ourselves surrounded by the world of fabulous gays – who
somehow always seem more put-together than the rest of us. 

 

This talk-show style series will be 2-3 minute episodes all about gay men’s
advice to straight girls about  the ins-and-outs of city-living. Whether
it be fashion, dating, fitness, or hotspots, these quirky life-style
segments will explore the ways to get fabulous! 

FruitFlies just launched its IndieGoGo campaign – which is a 30-day promotional campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fruitflies/x/5295324The pilot episode will be launched January 17th

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https://twitter.com/FruitFliesNY

https://www.facebook.com/fruitfliesny

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New York Queer Experimental Film Festival Nov. 12-17th

The 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival

DATES: November 12-17, 2013

LOCATION: 521 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
(between 12th & 13th Streets, in Gowanus)

SUBWAY: F,G, R to 4th Ave-9th Street

 MIX NYC presents the 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, with
over 225 short films, features, art installations and live
performances—made by or for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and
queer people—along with galleries and gathering spaces open free to the public.
This year’s MIX Festival promises to be an interactive and experiential
wonderland—yours for the making—filled with mind-bending art and
friendly crowds in a 20,000 sf warehouse transformed by local artists.

This year we’ve turned our venue into a living organism, complete a
monumental pair of breathing lungs, neuron lattices, fleshy openings and
veiny interiors. You’ll easily loose a few hours exploring the fleshy
nooks and crannies of the site. It’s the opposite antiseptic atmosphere
you’d find at a gallery or museum screening – it’s not about looking at
art in silence, then going home. 

The 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival makes it
easy to open up to the warmth of our crowd and the outlaw energies of
our screens. And after the screenings are over, MIX NYC gives the
colorful and comfy lounge space to mingle with artists, meet new folks
from all walks of life, plot the downfall of oppression everywhere.  You
may just feel the call to make an experiment of yourself. 

It’s the after-hours that makes the festival. If you’re out of sick
days, call in queer—the MIX celebration goes late every night.

Complete program information and schedule available online at www.mixnyc.org

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New York.com – Get connected to Everything NEW YORK

Deals discounts and bargains!

NewYork.com knows New York better than anyone! Find the best New York
Hotels, the hottest Broadway Tickets, must-see New York attractions or a
New York City Sightseeing Tour! NewYork.com is the best place to go to
find everything in New York!

SEX AND THE CITY  hotspots tour! Whether you’re a fashion-forward “Carrie” with a big heart, a sexy and
scandalous “Samantha” with a take-no-prisoners attitude, a
prim-and-proper romantic “Charlotte” or a self-assured “Miranda”
juggling success and a family, you’ll want to grab your BFF’s and
get on the bus — the Sex and the City Hotspots tour bus! One part
sight-seeing trip, one part trivia game and one part hands-on shopping
experience, Sex and the City Hotspots Tour brings fans of the iconic Sex and the City
franchise directly to the real-life sights, sounds and tastes featured
in the TV series and subsequent films, immersing them in the sexy and
fun world of famous female best friends Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and
Charlotte.

FASHION ON FIFTH! Attention Fashionistas! Shopaholics, look no further than Uncle Sam’s Fashion on Fifth Avenue
Tour for your chance to hit the town like Manhattan’s shopping elite.
Fifth Avenue is home to some of the most glamorous boutiques in the
world, so live like a Kardashian for a day and let style experts guide
your way through some of the best fashion real estate in the world.

On the Fashion on Fifth Avenue tour, you and a group of fellow
fashionistas will set out to find the perfect look, with an expert
professional stylist as your guide to the latest trends and fashion
secrets. Fifth Avenue between 49th and 60th streets is home to some of
the most prestigious stores and expensive shopping opportunities in the
world. Luxury department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue are on the
itinerary, as well as Juicy Couture, Armani Exchange, Zara and more.

How about Dinner on a Yacht?! World Yacht Dining Dinner Cruises offers an elegant experience on the
Hudson River, accompanied by stunning views of New York City and the
Statue of Liberty at night. Guests enjoy a leisurely four-course meal
that allows time for viewing the city from the rooftop lounge, taking
photos, sipping drinks and slow-dancing to tunes from a live jazz band
or DJ.

Dinner is a four-course meal that includes an amuse bouche (a
bite-sized hors d’oeuvre), appetizer, entrée and dessert with coffee or
tea. Menus change regularly, but you can expect dishes like jumbo lump
crab cakes and Long Island duck breast served with saffron risotto.
Guests can order a variety of wines, cocktails, beer, soda and specialty
coffees for a fee that’s paid at the table at the end of the cruise.
(Passengers are expected to tip based on the dinner cruise ticket
prices, plus any extra drinks.)

What queen doesn’t want get backstage at Radio City Music Hall??
During the Radio City Stage Door Tour, guests go behind the scenes of
New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall to learn about its history,
exquisite Art Deco architecture and the secrets of the “Great Stage.”
Plus, visitors can take advantage of a fun photo opportunity to
high-kick in step with a Radio City Rockette.

A friendly, knowledgeable tour guide welcomes visitors into the
venue’s art deco lobby adorned with enormous jeweled chandeliers, golden
doors and a majestic staircase. The tour takes guests back to 1932 when
Radio City, the first building in the Rockefeller Center complex,
opened as the world’s largest indoor theater (at the time) and daily
presented the Rockettes and other live acts in between movies. Guests
hear fascinating stories about the building’s stunning murals, nude
aluminum statues (that were once taboo) as well as the intriguing
justification for how the ladies’ and gentlemen’s bathrooms and lounges
were decorated.

Inside the theater, visitors view the massive stage that stretches
an entire city block (from 50th to 51st Streets) and learn how it gets
raised and lowered by its original hydraulic system. On the top floor,
guests view a short film inside the former private apartment of Radio
City Music Hall’s innovator and theatrical impresario, the late S.L.
“Roxy” Rothafel. Framed posters of famed Radio City acts line the
corridors, including Prince, Elton John, Justin Timberlake and Bette
Midler, who broke a Radio City record in 1993 by selling out 30 shows.

All this and more  at  NEW YORK.com!

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Googles Guide to Lesbian & Gay New York Historical Landmarks

DID YOU KNOW – 
Google has this cool gay  map!
All the information in this map is courtesy of the Organization of
Lesbian + Gay Architects and Designers (OLGAD) and was originally
developed by its Preservation + History Committee. A note regarding
format: where evidence indicates an individual’s being lesbian or gay,
the name is in boldface (it is necessary to take into account cultural
and historical context—for instance, a number of these people were
married, even though research points to their involvement in same-sex
relationships.) 
Finally, please remember that many of the sites
highlighted here are privately owned and are not open to the
public—please respect people’s privacy. Project Coordinators: James P.
Colgate and Jane Greenwood. Research and Text: Joan Berkowitz, Don
Dinkel, Jr., Andrew Dolkart, Gale Harris, Mary Jablonski, Ken Lustbader,
Tom Reynolds, and R. Jay Shockley. GVSHP is grateful to OLGAD for
allowing the use of their detailed and thorough research.
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Autumn in New York State

A covered bridge
framed by mountainsides awash in brilliant crimsons, oranges and
yellows, bushel baskets of apples, fields of plump pumpkins and corn
mazes carved into the hillsides… many of the most iconic images of
autumn in America seem to have come straight out of  New York State.
 
Autumn in the Empire State is more than a visual treat. It is also a
season of celebration. The Old English words for harvest (hærfest)
and autumn were the same, and anyone traveling through New York State
during the season quickly understands the connection. Roadside farm
stands, a plethora of farmer’s markets, wine trails and festivals
celebrating the harvesting of products from apples to zucchini make this
a fun and delicious time to explore the state.

It makes sense that harvest season would be cause for celebration in
New York State.  Nearly one fourth of the state’s total land area is
used as farmland and ranks among the nation’s biggest producers
of agricultural products including dairy, fruits, berries, maple syrup,
and a variety of vegetables such as sweet corn and pumpkins.  New York
also ranks third in grape and wine production. Best of all, New York
State food is about quality, not just quantity. The Empire State ranks
among the top states for fine wines and organic farming, and a growing number of highly skilled cheese makers are creating quality, artisanal cheeses here.

What follows is a sampling of the iconic autumn experiences that beckon across the state.



Follow the Foliage. I LOVE NEW YORK’s weekly foliage reports begin September 11 and are updated weekly through early November at iloveny.com/fall.
The site provides a detailed update of foliage conditions across New
York State, including a map charting fall color progress, vantage points
for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and event
listings. You may also hear highlights of the foliage report by dialing
(800) CALL-NYS.
 
Some of the best vantage points are from the chair lifts at ski resorts like Peak ‘n Peak in Clymer in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, especially on October 12-13 and 19-20, when juried crafters and kids’ activities add to the fun, and at Hunter Mountain in Palenville in the Catskills, October 5-6 and 12-13 when Oktoberfest brings the region’s German heritage to life with Old World music and foods.

Wine and Dine Harvest Celebrations.
The grape harvest and release of the new wines is cause for celebration
by lovers of great food and wine as well as vintners. Among this year’s
top celebrations are the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork, September 20-21 at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest, September 7 – 8 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, and the September Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, held September 6-8 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. On Long Island, all things oyster will be celebrated at the annual waterfront Oyster Festival October 19-20 in Oyster Bay.

About New York State http://fallgetaways.iloveny.com/
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s
attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine
trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown. Whether it’s wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole
family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and
farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the
13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all
travelers. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.
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New York City’s THE RIDE special Boys Night Out August 15th

New York City’s newest groundbreaking theatrical experience comes
to life in the heart of Times Square. Part tour and part show,
THE RIDE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that turns
the streets of New York into a stage. And on Thursday 8/15, the
ride is specially geared to the Gays of TheMenEvent!! Woo Hoo!

With stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3000 LED lights, and surround
sound, THE RIDE is the world’s only moving theater. THE RIDE’s
ensemble cast of singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and comedians
are discovered along a 75-minute journey through Times Square
and midtown Manhattan. The iconic landmarks of the city unfold
before the eyes of audience members facing sideways out of floor-to-ceiling
glass windows, delivering unparalleled panoramic and vertical
views of Manhattan.

A thrilling adventure awaits you on THE RIDE. THE RIDE is the
only tour, attraction, or show in New York City that provides
a fully tailored personal experience. RIDErs are integrated into
the show while THE RIDE’s performers interact with the audience
members in a truly original manner. As performers engage the audience
with quizzes, facts, and shout-outs; students, adults, and seniors
alike all share in this unforgettable New York City experience.



Thurs 8/15 – BOYS NIGHT on THE RIDE
7pm – Cocktails at Boxers HK, 50th and 9th
(ticket includes one free drink)
8pm – Special Boys Night excursion on THE RIDE

Tickets only $59 (reg. price $74) and includes a free pre-trip
cocktail at Boxers

Registration: http://therideboysnight.eventbrite.com/

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Gay Walking Tour: New Yorks Grand Central July 29th

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Did you know
that the current Grand Central building is actually the 3rd incarnation
of the historic building on that site? The current building was also
inches away from the wrecking ball not too long ago! Learn about secret
platforms, top secret rooms and interesting facts and surprises during
this adventure filled with exploring, socializing and learning.


Your professional tour guide
will also share  photos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that
will  amaze you and change your perspective on the building and the
neighborhood surrounding it. Sign up today and meet other
dynamic people in our group while really getting a different
perspective on one of  New York’s most famous landmarks. Following the tour the group is invited to stay together for food and drink at a local tavern.

6pm check-in, 6:30pm tour
$15   GET TICKETS


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NYC X DESIGN Happens in New York May 10 – 21

Today,
City Council Speaker Christine
C. Quinn, along with, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta, Cultural
Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, steering committee members, and
members of the local design community announced details of the first
annual “
NYCxDESIGN
(NYC by Design)
event. Officials also revealed “Multifesto,” a
communal design manifesto project open to designers from across the
world, and announced plans to launch a mobile scheduling website, and an
iPhone photo App. NYCxDESIGN takes place Friday,
May 10
th through Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 and
features more than 200 events across all five boroughs. Officials made
the announcement in in Times Square and were joined by Executive
Director at the Center for an Urban Future Jonathan Bowles,
Executive Director at NY Designs Natalia Argüello, FIT Professor and
Founder of Breadbox Studio in Harlem Joseph Masibay and other leading
members of the New York City design community.

 

First
announced in Speaker Quinn’s 2012 State of the city address, NYCxDESIGN
is the City’s first annual city-wide event to showcase and promote
New York City’s rich design community. Scheduled events include free
design classes for children ages 2 and up through the Smithsonian
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, as well as BKLYN Designs in
DUMBO, WantedDesign in Chelsea, the International Contemporary
Furniture Fair at the Javits Center, free classes at a pop-up design
studio in Staten Island, talks at universities and museums and many
more. Design disciplines span Architecture, Art, Design Thinking,
Digital, Craft, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic Design, Industrial,
Interiors, Landscape, Lighting, Products, Media, Theater, and Urban
Design.

For a full list of events, please visit:
www.nycxdesign.com/events

 

“Over
40,000 designers call the City home and it’s time for us to tap into
this sector, raise its profile, and turn it into an economic engine,”
said Speaker Quinn. “NYCxDESIGN provides the right opportunity
for New York City to convene our local design community and celebrate
their contributions to the city, to a degree never before seen. I’m
excited that NYCxDESIGN will help both emerging
and established designers exhibit their skills, sell their designs, and
grow their businesses in the five boroughs.”


“When visitors explore New York City they experience unparalleled urban design and architecture around every corner and are also
able to find distinctive design items made locally and sourced from around the world,” said
George Fertitta CEO of NYC & Company. “NYCxDESIGN captures
the essence of New York City’s creativity and diversity, giving us
another opportunity to reach new audiences and showcase all that the
five boroughs have to offer. To further exemplify design
in all its expressions, NYC & Company recently launched The Design
Collection, a selection of 19 hotels where exceptional design is an
essential part of the visitor experience. During NYCxDESIGN, or anytime
throughout the year, we encourage visitors to be
inspired by one of these unique hotels.”

 

“The NYCxDESIGN initiative highlights the extraordinary breadth of New York City’s creative community,” said
Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. “The dynamic program
of events and exhibitions will foster new connections between
audiences, organizations, and professionals whose work make the City a
global center for innovation and excellence in design.”

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New York City Neighborhoods to Explore

Geographically, New York is a city with 5
boroughs, 59 community districts and hundreds of neighborhoods. In 2010,
the Department of City Planning issued a revised wall map displaying
the neighborhood names and community district boundaries along with
informative statistics on the geographic, demographic and economic
profile of New York City. View the full map (7.25 MB). 

NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, has separated the city into  sections/guides and give some tips for each area. Lower Manhattan, Chelsea, Meat Packing District, Hell’s Kitchen, Koreatown, etc. They show the reader choices for accommodations, cultural sights, dining and entertainment, shopping and attractions. 

It’s a great resource for tourists, newly transplanted people, or if you have family coming to town, it provides some new idea’s perhaps, that  you did not think of. 




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Sotto 13 in New Yorks West Village Hotspot for Social Brunch

Sharing.  We all learned that in kindergarten (or at least
should have) about sharing. Sharing is also a fundamental part of eating. Whether
you’re having Sunday dinner at home with family or you’re out at the new
Italian place with friends, the act of sharing food comes into play
early and often in a meal.
Sotto 13 does  what they call… ‘Social Italian’. It’s about sharing great food
and some cocktails in a fun atmosphere with friends – or meeting some
new ones. Small plates, pizza and pastas are designed to share a
variety of tastes along with their signature, fresh cocktails or some
wine. 

Located in a landmark brownstone in the West Village of NYC, 140 W 13th Street,  between 6th & 7th Avenues.

Whether you go for Wednesday Happy Hour with free passed tapas and wood fired pizzas, or  Late night Thursday after 10pm with lots of pizza specials, or my favorite, Boozy Brunch $25 all you can drink, on the weekends! This restaurant has lots to offer any time of day, 7 days  a week. 
FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE says, “After opening up in the end of 2012 Sotto 13 has become a hit in the West Village for the Italian Social Scene. Sotto 13 has stepped up their game with a ‘Social Brunch’ on Saturday anSundays. This is a must try brunch with foods highlights including Cacio e Pepe with scrambled eggs topped with Cacio cheese, Baked Crispelle, Tuscan Eggs and
Brioche French Toast Sticks and of course fresh out of the wood fired oven come crisp brunch pizzas.
 

This is not their only specialty Sotto’s brunch has NYC’s first ever ‘DIY Prosecco Bar’! The concept allows Brunchers to become their own mixologists with a bottle of prosecco and a tray of five mixers, including signature fresh juices, liqueurs and toss ins like candied ginger, fresh berries and more. Guests can use the provided recipe card or freestyle it to craft their own bubbly brunch cocktails.”

It’s been called  best new sexy spot, best date night restaurant, best atmosphere, best Italian food sharing, and more!   Even Yelpers, a tough crowd to please, consistently give Sotto 13,  4 and 5 stars!

So what are you waiting for?   If you haven’t checked out Sotto 13 yet,  make a reservation now!

(212) 647-1001    Sotto 13    And I will see you there!

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Urban Wonderer App Walking Tour of New York City

Whether you are visiting  New York City, or live here and are curious about the history of the buildings and landmarks you pass, Urban Wonderer FREE app is here to help!


It’s difficult to really
look at and appreciate these sites when you’ve got your nose stuck in a
guide book. This audio app solves that problem.

UrbanWonderer, an iPhone and Android audio walking tour app, was launched to solve just this problem.
Created by licensed NYC tour guide, Steven Craig Sickles, UrbanWonderer
offers informative and highly entertaining narrated walking tours of
some of New York City’s most popular neighborhoods, including SoHo,
TriBeCa, Central Park, Greenwich Village, and W42nd Street in
Times Square. Additionally, the UrbanWonderer app offers a non-narrated
map of the Chelsea Art Galleries, as the exhibits change constantly.

UrbanWonderer walking tours cover not
only New York City history and its landmark sights, but also some of the
city’s best restaurants, art galleries and shops, as well as dozens of
film and TV shooting locations that have helped make New York the most
celebrated city on both big and little screens.

With the UrbanWonderer walking tour app you’ll learn the history of over 100 popular NYC destinations, including:

          How Houston Street got its name and, perhaps more importantly for New York City newbies, how to pronounce it!

o   Listen: SoHo: The How of Houston

          The history of the Washington Square Park Arch

o   Listen: Greenwich Village: Washington Square Arch

          The controversy over the creation of Central Park and how Sheep Meadow got its name

o   Listen: Central Park: Sheep Meadow

Check it out!   Urban Wonderer

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Gay New York Nightlife EXPOSED

Well, for better or for worse, New York Gay Nightlife was exposed to the masses this week!

You know those parties and special nights that start up, and the vibe is hip and cool, then after time, once EVERYONE knows about it, it sometimes loses it’s uniqueness. 
So, this past week New York Mag did an article called  A GAY NEW TIME. 

“The city’s gay subculture is experiencing another
nocturnal boomlet, thanks to a post-recession spate of new LGBT bars,
clubs, and parties. Here, a survey of the scene, complete with the
requisite go-go boys, outré drag artists, and low-key lounges for people
who just want to drink. “

Mondays  F#%K It at No Parking“A downtown dance club meets an uptown gay bar” is how promoter Kedwin
Zapata describes this Monday-night party when promoting it via Facebook.
Tuesdays WestGay at Westway have been compared to Studio 54.
Tuesday thru Sunday THE COCK has HAPPY HOUR now. 4-11pm. with go gos!
Wednesday at 11pm  is very  VIP. Les Garçons at Le Baron .  bow-tied young promoter named Michael Fragoso has ushered
dandies-in-the-making, rich architects, and the unemployed artists who
love them into Le Baron’s townhouselike environs.
 

Fridays Penthaus at Copacabana seems to attract young and old, gay and straight. While there’s a dance floor where younger guys let loose to pop music,
the older patrons tend to kick back on the leather banquettes, making
for a pleasantly adult outing.
see more  at  NY  MAG
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Best Places in New York for Your Gay Marriage Gay Wedding Event



GAY MARRIAGE IN NEW YORK!!  How exciting! 

New York City has hundreds of beautiful places to get married, but narrowing them down to find the most idyllic spot for your wedding reception or ceremony isn’t easy. Here are some of our favorite spots – but really, the list is endless.





The Foundry in Long Island City, Queens. – Probably a bit “over-exposed”. Seems like every reality has shot there in the last year!


Once a 19th century metal foundry, this dramatic space now plays host to weddings, performances, corporate events, and photo shoots. Old exposed brick contrasts with modern steel railings to create a unique ambiance.


Capacity: 125 for a sit-down meal, 200 for a cocktail party, optional outdoor tent seats 160.


FLOWERS, FLOWERS, FLOWERS!
Who doesn’t love gorgeous colorful flowers everywhere? Why not have your event IN a flower shop?


Banchet Flowers and the Flower Bar.  You might not think of a florist shop as the most likely spot for a wedding, but this elegant 1800 square foot space features brick walls, elegant lines, and best of all, a shop full of flowers. Designer Banchet Jaigla has designed flowers for restaurants like Windows on the World, the Thai Royal Family, and designers like Dries van Norton. As you’d expect, her arrangements are contemporary and beautiful; Those renting the space get the temporary use of any arrangements that are in the shop.


Capacity: with the next door Flower Bar, 125 for a seated reception.


 



 


MORE FLOWER SPOTS – How about an event amongst the Flowers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden?
 
The first time I ever visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a ceremony was happening amongst the lush flowers of the rose garden. It looked straight out of a dream. For the right kind of couple who don’t mind some strict rules and susceptibility to the weather, this is an amazing spot at budget prices. Other alternatives include having your event at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House, or simply taking your wedding photography here, before a wedding elsewhere.




When you’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, all you want to do is take in the view. There are spaces that can offer breathtaking skylines, unique perspectives and much more.
It seems like rooftop party spaces are popping up all over the city but few have the ability to go from indoors to outdoors with the push a button.



 


The Lighthouse At Chelsea Piers


The thing about New York is that it’s an island, and while nobody quite wants to go in the water, the views can be pretty spectacular.

The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers is a cool space. It has the benefit of being a loft space without any of the inconveniences of having to furnish, decorate and cater yourself. It’s owned and operated exclusively by Abigail Kirsch, which means you know the food is extremely delish—not to mention plentiful.

Their staff are trained to run like a well-oiled machine, but there’s nothing impersonal about the service you’ll get. The room is cleverly sectioned off to provide “separate” spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, so you never have to see them setting up or breaking down despite the lack of walls. For an open, airy, contemporary and clean city look, this is the spot.


You’ll have unforgetable views from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River. While the catering isn’t cheap, they have the expertise for a smooth-as-silk affair. Capacity: 100-680 for a sit-down meal (max 400 to include dancing), 1000 for a cocktail reception, if you have A LOT OF FRIENDS!


 



 


What could be MORE NEW YORK, and more romantic, than Central Park?

The Loeb Boathouse At Central Park

An urban feel, yet full of greenery. You’re in the middle of New York and in the middle of a lush landscape with a lake, rowboats, trees, birds, squirrels—the works.

It’s a photographer’s dream – and the interior is as lovely and singular as the exterior, which means that even you winter  couples have every reason to marry here. Up to 230 guests for seated dinner and dancing, with dinner running around $185 per person.




The Central Park Boathouse is perhaps the most quintessentially New York spot to get married in Central Park, and where better in Central Park to have a ceremony than a terrace or windowed room overlooking the lake.

It is so peaceful and elegant. Close your eyes and you can hear the chatter of dinnerware, glasses and happy voices resonate in the air.  With so many people mingling together, it is definitely the place to celebrate, dine, enjoy the great view and be seen.







If money is not object, why not do it up at Gotham Hall?! Not for the faint of heart, but if you can afford it and live up to the drama of the space around you, you must. At around $275/plate minimum, glamour does not come cheap. But this gilded former bank can hold both your entire extended family’s families and any manner of decor you can dream up. Their staff is prepared to help you with every aspect of the planning process, and the sky (or the 3,000 square foot stained-glass skylight) is the limit. If you’re low-key (who is, really?) this may not be your scene, but for those statement-makers, it doesn’t get much more fabulous.

While the space can hold up to 1200 guests (really?!), sweeping sheer curtains can make the space more intimate without blocking the hall’s amazing architecture of Corinthian columns and marble floors.  Capacity: 50 to 1200

The lists in New York city are really endless. The Prince George Ballroom.  (below) The grand Beaux-Arts ballroom was lovingly restored and is now part of the Madison Square North Historic District and the National Register of Historic Places. The golden columns, intricate plasterwork, and soaring ceilings create a space that is simultaneously ornate and light and airy.



The Delegates’ Dining Room at the United Nations. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the East River and NYC’s skyline, the main event space – the Delegates Dining Room – is large enough for a grand wedding reception. But my favorite part of this space is the outdoor patio, which has breathtaking views of the city and the Queensboro Bridge.

The Pierre hotel ballroom is about as classic a New York wedding venue as they come. If your pants are fancy, this is the place for you. Right on Fifth Avenue across from the park, this sumptuous hotel offers every service you can imagine. Custom anything and everything.


Some of the greatest night clubs are in New York City and can provide a great environment to a special event. Elegant…spacious…and full of style.


Lofts can provide a different vibe for your event. They offer the ability to visualize your event in a special way that can make it one to remember for all times.

Sometimes you just need to be different, and New York certainly has it’s share of unique spaces. Make your event stand out and have people remember it.Unique architechture and setting can provide a great energy to an event.

How do you decide??  Call Best Gay New Yorks favorite planner!  Lisa Rice. She’ll do everything!  And her services are FREE, to you, the client.  She has relationships with venues all over the city, and  will save you time, MONEY, and your Sanity. Check out Successful Affairs, and tell he we sent you!


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