Monthly Archives: August 2006

Morning View – First & 59th

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Bank Of America Tower Rising In Midtown

With the demise of the World Trade Center, the four tallest buildings in NYC are all about 75 years old. But change is coming and the building I’m watching most excitedly is the Bank Of America Tower, currently going up at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, which upon completion in about 2 years, will become NYC’s second ...

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Brooklyn Gets Hairier

I am turning into a regular outer-borough-going type person. Two days ago, I rode my bike over the Queensboro Bridge (slightly scary but feelin’ groovy) and explored Long Island City (definitely scary) . T’was my first Queens experience, other than taking the AirTrain to JFK. And tomorrow, Saturday, my crew is gonna trek to BK for the Big Lug bear ...

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Anthology Ships Monday

The anthology I’m a part of, From Boys To Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up, is shipping on Monday. Pick it up for stories by me, Alex Chee, Aaron Hamburger, Michael Dogpoet McAllister and others. The book is edited by Ted Gideonse and Rob Williams. Oh, and I just got a little bit of a rush to see that ...

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Kiki & Herb Benefit Ali Forney Center

Kiki & Herb’s Tuesday, August 29th performance will be a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, NYC’s homeless shelter for LGBT youth. Buy your $100 ticket on the shelter’s site, and get a fantastic Broadway show and a post-show VIP party with the cast, including some free booze! Here’s a great chance to do some good and see a show ...

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Morning View – American Radiator Building

Midtown’s Byrant Park Hotel has been reviewed as “New York’s Most Romantic Hotel” and “one of the best hotels in the world”. Built in 1924 as the American Radiator Building, it was designed by Raymond Hood, who patterned it after his earlier Chicago Tribune Building. Check out the hotel’s crazy flash-heavy website and you can tell that most of their ...

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I’m The Internet, You’re The Internet

Coming out in support of Net Neutrality are some of the folks whom the ‘Net have made famous, my favorite being this guy. And it’s a great tune, I can’t stop playing it. (HT- Blah, Blah, Black Sheep)

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Blowoff -The CD

The album I’ve been waiting all year for is now available for pre-order! Blowoff, the DC-based duo comprising indie rock legend Bob Mould and dance hitmaker Rich Morel are releasing their self-titled first CD. The Blowoff parties at DC’s 9:30 Club have entered into the realm of nightclub legend and faithful JMG readers know that these guys are friends of ...

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Morning View – Roosevelt Island Tram

That tiny swinging basket up there is the Roosevelt Island Tram, which was being tested yesterday after months of repairs following the stranding of 67 passengers over the East River for 11 hours, back in April. Roosevelt Island is also accessible via the subway and a small bridge on the Queens side of the island, but not via the massive ...

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Open Thread Thursday

A popular relationship question has always been “Would you rather have hot sex or true love? A variant of that is “Which is more important to you, sex or love?” Here’s a weirder one. Would you rather lose your libido or lose your ability to taste food? A) Hot fucking but just chewing. B) No fucking but delicious food..

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Last Call For Stonewall

The most famous gay bar in the history of the world, New York’s Stonewall Inn, is closing. The New York Observer, in reporting the bar’s impending demise, uses a clever play on the old headline used by the New York Post during the Stonewall Riots, “Stonewall To Shutter? Queen Bees Stinging Glad!”, a reference to the distaste that neighboring merchants ...

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No Soup For You

Sigh. I noticed yesterday that the Nissin Foods sign is gone from its long perch atop 1 Times Square. The 60-foot Cup O’Noodles was the last of the “steaming” signage in Times Square, which has included over the years: a steaming Preston iron, an A&P cup of coffee, and a smoking Marlboro cigarette. Doubtlessly, Chevy plans on replacing the Nissin ...

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You Talkin’ To Me?

On Sunday, Jeff, Tom and I were in a Lexington Avenue store when an elderly woman stopped in her tracks to say to me, “Oh, my! You look just like Robert De Niro.” Reading my reaction, she walked away muttering, “I meant it as compliment. I happen to think he’s very handsome.” I had totally forgotten about it until last ...

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Go Dorks!

OK, this is kinda fun: Two dorks are trying to break the NYC subway riding record today by traveling all 26 lines, all 665 track miles and through all 468 stations in under the record time of 25 hours, 11 minutes, which was set by two other dorks in 1998. Even if they break the record, they won’t make the ...

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Morning View – Two Deco Gems

To the left is the 47-story tower of the Waldorf-Astoria, built in 1931. An art deco gem of midtown (the lobby is a must-see), the Waldorf-Astoria started as two separate hotels owned by feuding cousins William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor. New York is littered with streets and neighborhoods named for the Astors. William built his original hotel on ...

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Right On Time For The Midterms

In his new book, State Of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, currently #1 on Amazon, former presidential candidate and current crazy person Pat Buchanan claims that the Mexican government is secretly encouraging illegal immigration into the U.S. as part of its plot to retake the American southwest for Mexico. Key Quotes:“Between 10 and 20 percent of ...

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No Majority From NY Dems

In a statewide poll conducted for CBS News, only 48% of New York Democrats said they support gay marriage, a low number that surprised the poll takers. The lowest support comes from black Democrats, 45% of whom are “strongly opposed”. Gay marriage did not make the top ten list of concerns for Democratic New Yorkers. The poll takers noted that ...

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Times Square – 9:45 AM

New York City boyYou’ll never have a bored day‘Cause you’re a New York City boyWhere Seventh Avenue meets Broadway-Pet Shop Boys(Clicky pic-y makey biggy.)

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Valley Girl, Meet Bronx Girl

Monday, 7:30pm, the S trainGirl 1: So I was all “As if!” and she was all “whatEVER!” Girl 2: Yo, dats some fucked up shit. Girl 1: So when I got home, I totally unfriended her on MySpace. Girl 2: I’mo hafta smack dat bitch up, fo realz! Girl 1: Oh, just unfriend her! She’d hate that even more!

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Morning View – Trump Palace

I’ve ragged on other Trump Buildings around town, but this one I really like. Trump Palace, built in ’91, is the tallest building on the Upper East Side at 55 stories. With balconies for every unit and windows that actually open, it looks bright, airy and livable. It’s peach-ish color seems more suited for South Beach than Manhattan, but I ...

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