Category Archives: Discoveries

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



Gay Walking Tour: New Yorks Grand Central July 29th


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


NYC X DESIGN Happens in New York May 10 – 21

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 “
(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.


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

For a full list of events, please visit:


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.”


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. 


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

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!


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


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

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.

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!


Style Maker Carson Kressley Shares His Best Of Gay New York City

 Gay List Daily , is a swank e-publication dedicated to making the trendy, gay individual even more trendy and gay. I have been a subscriber for a few months now. “Our diligent staff searches far and wide the worlds of culture and couture, of food and festivities, and anything else that you just absolutely have to know about.”

This week they are launching a recurring feature to explore the favorite spots in the city frequented by gaydored LGBT (or friendly) celebrities, in various categories that make New York the greatest, gayest city in the world. Carson Kressley ,  style-maker, icon, TV personality and down-to-Earth fairy godfather (from his work on How To Look Good Naked to his upcoming judging role on True Beauty), is the first in the series of  Q & A.

So what are Carson’s top picks for New York?

Carson’s choice brunch spot: BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman. I love the old fashioned glamour of eating IN an actual department store. The view of Central Park is a bonus!

Favorite pizza: Two Boots in the West Village.
Favorite restaurant worthy of dressing up for: Monkey Bar – dress to impress (and to get a decent table!).
Favorite dessert: Milkshake from the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.

Favorite vintage shopping: The Garage Flea market in Chelsea. Full of cute design oriented gays and tchotchkes they love: vintage clothes, paintings, and silver.
Favorite off-the-radar menswear boutique: I’m not sure it’s off the radar anymore, but Ina Men in Nolita is the stylist’s secret for both buying and selling top notch gently worn menswear.

Favorite dance floor: Sigh…there will never be another dance floor like the Roxy but Hiro on a Sunday night is the next best thing!
Favorite dive bar: Barracuda.
Favorite people watching spot: Bryant Park, especially during Fashion Week.
Favorite spot to get away from it all: My roof deck!
Favorite spot to be yourself: At home with friends.

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