Joe Jervis

Morning View – Hearst Tower

Almost 80 years after the 1928 completion of its six-story base, the 46-story tower of the Hearst was added. The world headquarters for the Hearst publishing empire (SF Chronicle, Good Housekeeping, etc), the Hearst Tower was the first skyscraper to break ground in NYC after 9/11, and its innovative diamond-shape pattern has won architectural awards. My beloved Farmboyz adore the ...

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AIDS Vaccine News

Bill Gates, whom I increasingly believe may be remembered as the greatest man of my lifetime, will today announce a HIV vaccine trial in conjunction with the Canadian government. Gates said that he would be “very surprised” if there is no vaccine for AIDS in his lifetime. A glimmer of hope in the otherwise dim HIV vaccine outlook came a ...

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First New Jersey Civil Union

Congratulations to Daniel Gross and Steven Goldstein, the first gay couple in New Jersey to have a civil union ceremony. Today New Yorkers have another reason to move across the Hudson, besides the cheaper real estate.

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Clippered

Inspired by Johnny’s post, here’s my own Britney moment from a Halloween party in 1999. I was supposed to be Bill Goldberg, the wrestler, hence the fake tattoo. And don’t bother piling on with any comments on my bod. These days, I’m less Bill Goldberg, more Danny Devito. Le sigh. And very soon, I won’t need a Halloween party to ...

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SiriusXM

If you’re considering buying a satellite radio, you may wish to hang on for a bit. Satellite radio providers Sirius and XM have agreed to merge, although the feds are expected to try and block the move under monopoly rules. I’ve been on the Sirius gay channel, OutQ, a few times. Since this consolidation will surely bring the elimination of ...

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Scrotum Scrotum Scrotum

Today’s WTF comes from the “most emailed” story on the NY Times site regarding the uproar among some school librarians because an award-winning children’s book properly uses the word “scrotum” to describe where a dog was bitten by a snake. The usual huff and puffery from uptight prudes has resulted in the book being banned by some school libraries. Librarian ...

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President’s Day

Happy President’s Day, y’all. We all know who your most-disliked President is, but who’s your favorite? I’m partial to Grover Cleveland, about whom I wrote term papers in two non-consecutive semesters. Cleveland famously hired a man to take his place in the Civil War, an action I defended in a middle-school civics class, as the Vietnam draft was taking the ...

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You Are Here (Not)

Last night we happened to catch a cab outfitted with the new seat-back TV screens. The right side runs video ads for Broadway shows and other touristy destinations, while the left side contains a GPS map showing the cab’s location. You can also scroll the NYC Zagat guide. I suppose the location marker could be handy, except that our map ...

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Baldguyz Boot

”BaldGuyz, like baldness, does not discriminate based on lifestyle choice, color, education, financial resources, religion, physical capabilities or in any other way.” – Howard Brauner, CEO of BaldGuyz, as he fired NBA star Tim Hardaway from his Baldguyz endorsement deal. Thanks, Howard. But, um, “lifestyle choice”?

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Morning View – Columbus Circle

The monument in the middle of the circle was erected in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus “discovering” America. It is the the point from which map makers measure the distance from New York City. A couple of years ago, the fountains that surround the column were renovated by the same team that did the fountains at the ...

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Gung Hay Fat Choy

Happy Chinese New Year. We are now in the Year Of The Pig. As I was born in a Piggy Year (ahem), I checked out my Chinese horoscope: According to customary superstition, these people are not vengeful creatures. If someone tries to take advantage of them, the pig type tend to withdraw to reflect on the problem and protect themselves. ...

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Man In Drag Blasts Condom Giveaway

According to Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York, the city’s massive condom giveaway is “tragic and misguided” and “the only way to protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS is through abstinence before marriage and fidelity among married couples.” In a joint statement with Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Egan goes on to say: “Our political leaders ...

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NJ Splits The Difference

The Attorney General of New Jersey has announced that gay unions performed in other jurisdictions will be recognized as such, even if other the unions were called “marriage”. Activists consider this partially good news. On the one hand, gay people married in Massachusetts, Canada, Spain, etc, will have all the rights and privileges of “civil union” couples in New Jersey. ...

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Morning View – Central Park

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Sunset From The Rock

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Tourista!

Apologies for the light blogging the last few days. My ex is visiting for a week and I’ve been in complete NYC tourist immersion. Last night we hit The Drowsy Chaperone and dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top of Times Square. Next stop: foam Statue Of Liberty crowns!

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Gravity: Fact Or Jewish Conspiracy?

Warren Chisum, the wingnut head of the Texas Appropriations Committee, doesn’t believe that the earth revolves around the sun, and is sending his fellow Texas legislators a memo promoting FixedEarth.com, a site devoted to “debunking” Copernicus. Accorded to the site, everything from Darwin to the Big Bang is a “Kabbalist” conspiracy. According to a Daily Kos diarist, Chisum may just ...

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HomoQuotable – Michael Lucas

“I’m not hiring them for their ability to act.” – Porn director Michael Lucas, speaking of the performers in his movie, La Dolce Vita, claiming that nobody would confuse his movie for Federico Fellini’s 1960 original. Lucas is being sued for copyright and trademark infringement..

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Leaving On A Jet Plane. Or Not.

A JetBlue airliner pushed back from the gate at JFK on Wednesday and waited for the bad weather to clear so it could take off. ELEVEN hours later, the passengers were still on the plane, waiting for take off. Finally, the jet returned to the gate and the enraged passengers were allowed to get off. We’re hearing these stories more ...

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Morning View – Broadway & 51st

That’s me in the red coat..

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