Tag Archives: NYC

Queer Superheroes Hold First Meeting

Last night I attended the first organizational meeting of the Queer Justice League, where about 100 activists gathered to discuss the purpose, structure, rules and procedures of the group. During an interesting opening exercise, attendees were asked to give their first names, preferred gender pronoun, and a one-word description of their mood about the meeting. Curious, optimistic, hopeful, ready, excited, …

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Morning View – Second Avenue Subway

The Second Avenue subway, the long-awaited, often-started but never finished subway line down Manhattan’s East Side had its fourth groundbreaking this week. (My “morning view” pics are usually my own, but I grabbed this one from the NY Times.) The tunnel shown was sealed up in the 70’s during NYC’s big financial crisis and has sat empty since. I can’t …

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Ruling By Fear

Food Emporium, 1st Avenue, Tuesday 8pmA small boy is running in circles around a produce display, unspooling about 50 feet of plastic bags.Young Mother: You had just better start behaving right this minute or tomorrow morning I’m getting on the phone and calling in Mean Nanny for the rest of the week. Do you want that? Do you want to …

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My Crankypants Mantra

Have I complained about the weather yet? Have I complained about the radiators in my apartment making more noise than the annual Ghosts of Christmas Past convention? Have I complained lately about the miserable chattering pigeons in my airshaft that wake me up at 5am every morning? Have I complained about the guy upstairs who just got a new monster …

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Hoodies And Dockers Safe Again

“Oopsie. Here’s your foreskin back. Keep it in a warm dry place. We’ll be happy to take it out of your hands later, if you are among the millions suffering from ESPS (Excessive Sexual Pleasure Syndrome.)” The New York Department of Health issued a statement today saying that the New York Times had “misrepresented” its response to the recent UN/WHO …

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Eight Shows A Week. Plus One.

Sunday, 11pm, Christopher Street, West Village I’m on my cellphone, leaning against a tree. A handsome young man comes running up the sidewalk at me. His jerky gait on the broken cement suggests he’s trying not to break his mother’s back. Or maybe trying TO break it, I can’t tell. He’s shouting something, but I can’t make it out with …

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Hipster Foodies

Saturday, 1am, 2nd Avenue, East VillageStoned Dude 1(pointing): You wanna eat there? Stoned Dude 2: Thailand Cafe? What kinda food do they have? SD1: Um, Thai food, dude. SD 2: Like what? SD 1: Dude! Like noodles and shrimp. That kinda shit. SD 2: Fuck that. I don’t like Chinese..

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Show Him The Money

And moving to News Of The Deranged, Tom Cruise is coming to Manhattan next week to host a $100,000 per table fundraiser to benefit a Scientology “New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project”, which claims to be able to detoxify cops, firefighters and rescue workers who were exposed to poisons during the World Trade Center rescue. Crazy, right? Even crazier, this …

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More Foreskin Furor

In response to the recent endorsement by the World Health Organization, the New York City Department of Health is also planning to promote circumcision for men at risk for HIV, asking community groups AND gay rights organizations to discuss the procedure with their members. This, despite WHO’s own statement that the procedure holds little value for gay men who practice …

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Queer Superpowers, Unite!

The first meeting of the Queer Justice League will take place at NYC’s Gay Community Center on Thursday, April 12th at 7:30pm. This meeting will be a space for long-term ACT UP members and new young activists to come together and discuss the future of the fight for LGBT equality. If you want to have a voice in the next …

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Heads-Up On West 28th

Five years ago, when NYC’s Eagle opened on West 28th in Chelsea, it was a lonely walk down a crack-head strewn sidewalk to reach the Eagle’s front door. Today W.28th is the epicenter of Manhattan nightlife, with a dozen or more major nightclubs popping up in the area over the last few years. With all that traffic comes a lot …

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Morning View – Morningside Heights

This giant contraption is the entrance to the 1,2,3 trains at 125th Street in Morningside Heights, just west of Harlem in Manhattan.

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Spring Walkabout

After a nice Bloody Mary brunch cooked up by Farmboy C, the three of us made a to-go Bloody and headed up Broadway for a stroll in this lovely spring weather. Somehow we kept going and going, first running into an anti-foie gras protest at Fairway Market, which was largely ignored by busy Seder shoppers. Then we stopped in at …

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Manhattan Peep Pimpin’

Father Tony took this great pic of Aaron and Jeff at Exit Art last week, perfectly capturing their opinion of performance art, or at least mine (usually). I was in hibernation for some pervy disco event and wasn’t along for the excursion, but I thought I’d post this pic anyway, for pure beefcake value. Jeff is taken, but our boy …

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Morning View – Nutella

In a nod to foreign tourists, the NYC hot dog carts are selling Nutella, a vile gelatinous hazelnut tub of muck that I’d never heard of until I moved here to work for a British company. My coworkers adore Nutella, but are grossed out by peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Go figure. The product was invented in Italy during WWII …

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A Sign Of Spring

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Attractile Dysfunction

BELOW: DJ Michael Fierman leans over his record as he sooths the morning masses shortly after taking the Black Party stage at 11AM. Notice that unlike the preceding two DJs, Fierman is using vinyl. That’s Bonnie Pointer’s Heaven Must Have Sent You on the turntable. Another Black Party has come and gone, always with an astonishment of how quickly time …

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DJ Michael Fierman Chats With JMG

Veteran DJ Michael Fierman will play the closing set at this week’s Saint-At-Large Black Party. Today, Michael answers a few questions for JMG.JMG: Tell me about playing at the original Saint. How did you get the gig? Michael Fierman: Playing records at the Saint was the equivalent of a Carnegie Hall performance for piano recitalists; the ultimate achievement. The prestige …

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Morning View – Times Square

From the southwest corner of 42nd & Broadway, looking north. At 60 degrees, it would almost feel spring-like this morning, if not for the overcast sky.

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Uncivil Servants

An interesting story in today’s NY Times reports on a new website, Uncivil Servants, which allows NYC residents to upload photos of city employees, cops, and film crews who are violating city parking regulations using their city-issued permits to park just about anywhere they want. The rules for using government-issued parking permits are complex. But the permits are intended for …

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