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marriage is legal in Hawaii. The state has long been a destination for
weddings and honeymoons. And now state officials, as well as hotels and
restaurants, are hoping the latest marriage-equality law will spur a new
market for wedding tourism.
A new analysis conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Protect Our Winters (POW) will detail the devastating economic impact that climate change could have on the winter tourism industry in New York and the rest of the nation.
The analysis finds that the $12.2 billion ski and snowmobile industry
is dependent on heavy and predictable snowfall, and changes in the winter
season snowfall have already been felt across the nation and are likely to
become even more pronounced with climate change. A lot of winter sport enthusiasts
are planning their next wintervacation to Toronto or Montreal where the snow sticks the
The study aims to help policy makers understand both the ski and snowmobile industry’s current economic scale and the potential economic impacts that climate change may cause, as well as the effects the industry is already feeling in New York and the rest of the nation from reduced snowpack and rising winter temperatures over the last decade.
Just this past ski season, 50 percent of ski resorts opened late and 48 percent closed early with every region experiencing a decrease in the days of operation. Winter sports resorts are not the only ones affected by this shift; a reduced and shortened winter season will also hurt the secondary related industries of lodging, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and entertainment.
Donate $500 this week, and Nick Adams Will Give you a Personal Backstage Tour at PRISCILLA in New York City
We just saw PRISCILLA on Broadway this week! WOW! What an eye-popping, show-stopping performance! Everyone does a fantastic job, but of course, our heart has always belonged to Nick Adams, since I first saw him onstage in 2005.
We’ll be covering it more in a couple weeks, and catching up with the ever adorable, super-talented Nick Adams with an interview right here at BestGayNewYork.com, in the coming weeks!
But for now, you should know, Priscilla US will be singing at the kick off of the 2011 AIDS Walk NY on May 15th!
And Nick is walking and raising money again this year. Nick is part of the BROADWAY IMPACT group which is a community of actors, directors, stage managers, fans, producers — pretty much anyone who has ever seen, been in or worked on a Broadway show — united by the simple belief that anyone who wants to should be able to get married.
“We’re very proud to be apart of the 2011 NY Aids Walk!”
Nick gives, and gives and gives whenever he can to great causes like Broadway Bares and AIDS WALK NY. (He has even been crowned Broadway Hero by GayLifeNYC.org.) “I enjoy giving my time to great causes, and it makes me feel good to know I can help in some way.”
His original goal was $3000. Which he hit. Then it was $10,000! Which he hit! Now it is $20,000 to reach before Friday night – and he is almost there!
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Thanks for everyone who donated after my last e-mail for AIDS Walk NYC! I was able to break my original goal of $3,000 and am now the #1 fundraiser from the cast! Thanks!
I wanted to up the stakes and see if we could get some more folks giving. If you’ve ever dreamt about getting a backstage tour of Priscilla from me, this is your chance. For every person that gives $500 or more, I will arrange to give you a personal backstage tour. Simply get tickets to the show of your choice and I’ll meet you after the show and give you a private tour. Some people have been paying $5,000 – $10,000 to get backstage tours, so to be able to get one in exchange for a tax deductible dontation of only $500, is AMAZING.
Since we reached my personal goal of raising $3,000 I will pick one lucky subscriber to recieve an autographed program from the show.
If we hit $6,000 I will send out 5 autographed programs, and if we break $15,000 I will send someone special a program / poster autographed by everyone in the entire cast!
Additionally, anyone donating $500 or more, I will send them an autographed program (simply email us a proof of donation along with your shipping address) AND I WILL GIVE THEM A PRIVATE BACKSTAGE TOUR ($5k value), whenever they come to town!
~ Nick Adams
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(ALSO – for the next 24 hours – you can vote for Nick for 3 Audience Choice Awards!
Go to Broadway.com and vote for Nick in 3 spots – plus Priscilla is up for Favorite Musical!)
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the nation’s decades-old HIV Travel and Immigration Ban is no more. Immigration Equality’s Steve Ralls reports in the Huffington Post that an HIV-positive gay man arriving today from The Netherlands will be the first to freely and safely enter the U.S.
“The arrival of Clemens Ruland and Hugo Bausch will also signal the end of a shameful and discriminatory policy that has exacted a heavy price on our country’s reputation in the scientific community and kept countless individuals – both straight and gay – separated from their loved ones.”
Can you believe it’s been more than 20 years?!
Said Obama on signing the order to lift the ban in October: “Twenty-two years ago, in a decision rooted in fear rather than fact, the United States instituted a travel ban on entry into the country for people living with HIV/AIDS. Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease — yet we’ve treated a visitor living with it as a threat. We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the AIDS pandemic — yet we are one of only a dozen countries that still bar people from HIV from entering our own country. If we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it. And that’s why, on Monday my administration will publish a final rule that eliminates the travel ban effective just after the New Year. Congress and President Bush began this process last year, and they ought to be commended for it. We are finishing the job. It’s a step that will encourage people to get tested and get treatment, it’s a step that will keep families together, and it’s a step that will save lives. “
Ruland, 45, works with young people in the criminal system. He was infected in New York by an ex-lover and diagnosed HIV-positive in 1997. Anti Retroviral Therapy has kept his virus load undetectable. He returned to visit the U.S. once in 2005, but said he feared being detained. Bausch, 50, an illustrator, is HIV-negative. The Dutch AIDS service organization SOAAIDS is behind the visit. Ruland entered a poem into the group’s essay contest to win the couple’s passage to New York City.
JUST IN … 2 minutes ago from our dear friends JIMMY FLOYD and CEG in New York – as the ink is drying on this morning contracts, THE CASTING CALL HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED for KEPT, to BEST GAY NEW YORK!
From the same production company that brought you “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” on Bravo, Classic Entertainment Group (Casting) and LOGO, We are pleased to announce casting for “Kept” – a look at the A List gay social life in NYC.
This series will begin casting immediately – with a series premier next year on LOGO.
“A List” gay men in the age range of 20 – mid 30’s who have steady relationships or dating extremely established, successful men, or have that as a goal.
Very interested in couples where one guy is the “breadwinner”, the other living large on his dime.
We are looking for SUPERSIZED PERSONALITIES and SUPER – FAB EXCITING LIFESTYLES. We want Drama, drama, drama!
You must have A LOT going on– hot careers, take fabulous vacations, have second homes, do the Hamptons, & Pines or Bucks County or Asbury Park and know the IN social scene in NYC.
You have partnered with a Sugar daddy to make your dreams come true. Together you make a great team.
Maybe you are fresh out such relationship and you are in search of the same.
You are WELL CONNECTED – and there is no doubt that you are part of the “in” gay crowd of NYC.
**We are looking to infiltrate a circle of friends who fits this criteria.**
Open to guys making families or who have children already.
Must live in the greater Manhattan area – or VERY close to the city.
- Photos (many) of yourself AND your significant other. Multiple photos please. We need your name(s) / age / email address / cell #.
- Mention what you do for a living (or are pursuing) / what your significant other does for a living…. We want to know everything.
- Snapshots of where you LIVE. Mention if you have a weekend house / vacation house etc…. mention all of the trappings. PHOTOS HELP
- SELL US on You and your lifestyle! Why are you so fabulous? WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DRAMA IN YOUR LIFE?
- Tell us about FRIENDS THAT WE CAN CONSIDER along with you for this crazy ride. **Very important.
- If we like what we see you will contacted for a phone interview and possibly be asked to visit our casting directors to be put on tape so that you can be considered for the show.
Send all of the above to: KEPTNYC@gmail.com
Part of our team will call you right away to set up a casting appointment (in Gramercy Park area).
Jimmy Floyd – Casting Director / CEG
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is THE Hardest Working Drag Queen working today! We first met Bun Bun about 7-8 years ago when she brought a mini version of Wigstock to Chicago.
Since then our paths have crossed many times, in many different cities! New York, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Puerto Vallartra, and most recently in New Orleans for Decadence, where we caught up and chatted over carrots! and her Skyy Vodka Infusion Drink!
How does she seem to “do it all???”
I asked for a life in show biz–and I got it. Besides, they are all so sick of me in NYC that I am forced to go on the road practically every week! Sometimes I don’t know how I keep up such a hectic pace, but it’s a recession–you worry when that phone STOPS ringing, not when it rings.
So I’m grateful for the work and if I’m performing or dj’ing in a place I like, I can sometimes stay on for a few days and snatch a free vacation. That’s definitely a perk. And I’m getting ready to dj for the designer Paco Rabanne for a Paris fashion week party! Paco is better known for his fragrances nowadays, but he was the innovative designer who created all of those gorgeous chain mail mini’s in the late 60’s and also designed the costumes for Jane Fonda in Barbarella! I’m so excited to meet one of my inspirations!
Since she travels more than anyone I know and has more frequent flyers than you can shake a wig at, our chat turned to travel tips and advice…
Flying used to be glamorous! Remember pretty, young stewardesses? Now, it’s a humiliating chore. Removing your shoes? Sometime the fumes off of Lady Bunion’s hooves are so potent that I’m afraid the TSA will think I’m a terrorist toting biological warfare! But here are a few tips that I swear by:
NEVER CHECK IN CURBSIDE. You’re just allowing your bag to pass through one more group of morons and upping the odds of having it not arrive with you. Just imagine me arriving in Puerta Vallarta on a Sunday evening with an hour before I go on and hunting through the few open shops for a big wig and a size 12 pump. It’s time for that poncho made from a hotel bedspread and a towel turban=hideous! So I suggest packing a few of your absolute musts in your carry on. It may be a little embarrassing to pull out that dildo at the checkpoint, but hey, what if you don’t get lucky in Mobile? Of course, how lucky can you be if you actually are in Mobile?
ARRIVE SUPER EARLY. An hour and a half for checked bags on domestic trips. You never know when you are gonna get stuck behind a school trip and the 50 idiotic tween girls don’t know they have to remove their jewelry before passing through the metal detector. This can make security take 30 minutes alone and once the gate is closed, it ain’t re-opening. It’s also advisable to book your trip on an airline which has another flight/flights on that day just in case. And remember–that indirect flight on Orbitz or Travelocity may be cheaper, but if you are on an indirect flight on two separate airlines you could really lose out. if the first carrier is late and you miss your connection on a different airline, the second airline has NO responsibility whatsoever for your ass. Also, when booking your itinerary, factor in rush hour traffic to what time you arrive so that you don’t get stuck in traffic after a hateful flight. And speaking of rush…
POPPERS ARE FLAMMABLE. Even though they might make your sex life hotter, they could be yanked from your luggage along with lighter fluid or even aerosol hairspray. A friend pointed this out after flying into the Provincetown airport where they actually have a sign about poppers! “Mommy, what’s amyl nitrate?”
PACK LIGHT. Now that airlines are charging for checked luggage, everyone is trying to cram as much as they can in their carry-ons and I have literally seen fights break out for the overhead space on board. And since more airlines are using smaller planes with teensy overhead compartments for domestic flights, make sure you have one very small bag for your laptop, etc.
You don’t wanna gate check that because if you’re smart, you’ve already put up your personals ad on craigslist in your destination city before departing and you don’t wanna arrive computer-less and miss out on the fresh meat appeal which you’ve lost in your own city decades ago! Plus it’s kinda tacky to check personals in a hotel business center. With one possible exception: unless there is a church convention at your hotel. You definitely want to horrify as many of those prudes as you can with graphic images and the moaning from xtube videos at top volume. Amen!
PACK A SNACK. Obviously, I like to eat. But everyone has to eat at regular intervals and unless your metabolism can worm some nutrition out of a tiny bag of pretzels made with white flour, you’re blood sugar will plummet and your flight will be wretched. I have a touch of hypoglacemia so I have to regular doses of protein (I am not even going to ask what kind of protein she is talking about! ). This makes me especially aware of this situation. But if there’s no food on board and you are forced to sit on the plane for an hour after boarding before a long flight, even the most carb conscious queen is gonna snatch every pretzel available and oink it. Nuts are the most obvious choice for a nibble since they are chock full of protein and can’t spoil. So squirrel away a big, salty sack of nuts–you’ve got dirty minds!–and buy them at a grocery or drug store to avoid paying $15 bucks per handful at an airport kiosk.
BECOME A SCHNER. That’s a word a jewish friend taught me. He said that it’s jewish for someone who grabs everything for free. Wait! Isn’t that kind of redundant in the jewish community? KIDDING! Anyhoo, many better hotels offer complimentary toiletry basics to guests who may have forgotten to pack shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, etc. Snatch them all! And ask the maid for extra coffee, lotion, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner. Make a habit of this and before you know it, you’ve got an array of travel-sized everything. And we all know that liquids are heavy–you can’t carry them on and regular sized bottles of these products will really weigh your bags down and up those overage fees. I haven’t purchase a bar of soap in years! Or a needle and thread for that matter!
FORCE FEED SEDATIVES TO ALL SQUAWKING BRATS! There oughta be a law. And never pop your own “dolls” until you are at the gate and have seen the plane and an on time departure is announced. Otherwise, you could snore right through the boarding process!
IMMEDIATELY PUT OUT THE DO NOT DISTURB SIGN ON YOUR DOOR. It’s especially effective if you also make your own homemade sign which says DO NOT DISTURB! ALREADY DISTURBED! written in blood and posted with a knife jammed through it into the door. Otherwise, you’ll be catching a disco nap and some dunce in a foreign language will try to enter your room for a turn-down service. I turn that service down! Who on earth needs someone to pull back the covers and put a chocolate on the bed? (I’m a bottom, so any chocolate on the bed brings back too many shitty memories.)
Also, make sure you place a do not disturb on your hotel phone line as well. That way, you won’t be disturbed by a wrong number from that bridal party next door or some kiss-ass from the front desk calling to see if everything is alright. “Yes, it’s fine! Until you woke me up with that stupid question!” CLICK! And make sure to check that the alarm is off or set to when you want it–or else you’ll bolt up at the 6:00 AM which the businessman who last stayed in your room set it to. And if you are like me, that’s right about when you are getting to bed!
*Fabulous Bunny Photos by Sergio Kardenas!
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Harrah’s Entertainment has been committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment for employees, guests and communities for some time now. As the only gaming organization to obtain a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index Harrah’s is committed to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Harrah’s recently received HRC’s Best Place to work for LGBT Equality.
Harrah’s Entertainment has endorsed the passage of a Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act to ensure that no employee in the United States may be fired for their sexual orientation or gender expression. This year Harrah’s Entertainment is a major sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The Harrah’s Foundation was also a sponsor of this year’s Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards (GLAAD) held in Los Angeles and televised on the Bravo Network.
So what’s next? The world’s largest casino company will begin courting gay and lesbian travelers in hopes of attracting new customers to a market decimated by the recession and competition from Pennsylvania slot parlors.
The push to establish Atlantic City as a “gay friendly” town not only underscores the need to expand the customer base, but also reflects a shift in the cultural landscape, said Jennifer Weissman, regional vice president of marketing for Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.
“We believe our customer base comes from all cultures, all sexual orientations and all backgrounds. We really believe that our customers will embrace this,” she said.
Harrah’s has been catering to gay and lesbian travelers at its Las Vegas casinos for a few years, but will launch a similar campaign in the country’s second-largest gambling market with an “Out in Atlantic City” weekend of partying Sept. 25-27. The event, expected to draw more than 1,000 people, will bring some of the best-known names in the gay and lesbian entertainment scene to the Harrah’s casinos.
Amanda Lepore, a transsexual icon and New York nightlife host, will kick things off with a party Sept. 25 at Club Worship at Showboat Casino Hotel’s House of Blues. The weekend will also include appearances by singer and “Dyke Diva” Lori Michaels and the cast members of Showtime’s lesbian-themed show “The L Word.”
Lance Bass, of ‘N Sync fame, and Jai Rodriguez, of the Bravo Network’s show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” will host a party at Caesars Atlantic City. Rodriguez will also host a game of bingo at Harrah’s Resort, with proceeds benefiting the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.
While Atlantic City may not become the next San Francisco for gay travel, tourism officials believe the resort’s evolution into a more upscale gambling and entertainment hub fits the lifestyle of gay and lesbian customers.
“What the gay market is looking for is high-end retail, accommodation and nightlife, and that’s what we have,” said Jeffrey Vasser, president of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. “The more we reinforce the fact that Atlantic City is a gay-friendly destination, the better off we will be in attracting that market, which is a very upscale market.”
Separate of the Harrah’s campaign, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority has reached out to the gay and lesbian community through the gay travel media and by having a promotions booth at a gay-themed consumer show in New York.
In addition, a private, nonprofit organization called the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance was formed recently to promote gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender businesses and people in the surrounding area.
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Sometimes you just have to get away from the rat-race and pressures of the big city! Be it a destination in its own or as an extended visit to New York City or Albany, both banks of the Hudson River provide easy access to a kaleidoscope of culture, history, outdoor activities, shopping, dining, vistas, relaxation, and the friendliest people you will ever meet. Whatever you seek, the Hudson Valley will respond with a myriad of choices.
The Hudson Valley refers to the valley of the Hudson River and its adjacent communities in New York State, generally from northern Westchester County northward to the cities of Albany and Troy. Historically a cradle of European settlement in the northeastern United States, it now consists of suburbs of the metropolitan area of New York City at its southern end, shading into rural territory, including “exurbs,” farther north.
Geographically, the Hudson Valley could refer to all areas along the Hudson River, including Bergen County, New Jersey. However, this definition is not commonly used and the Tappan Zee Bridge is often considered the southern limit of the area. Though Westchester County is often classified as part of the region, Westchester residents who live at the southern end of the county (and especially the parts closer to the Long Island Sound than the Hudson River) generally do not associate themselves with the region.
The Hudson Valley is divided into three regions: Lower, Middle and Upper. The following is a list of the counties within the Hudson Valley sorted by region.
Mansions from bygone eras, scenic beauty and quaint villages – Hudeson Valley offers lots to see and do. The Hudson River is lined from one end to the other with grand manor houses, but none compares to Kykuit (pronounced “Kye-cut”) the Rockefeller Estate. It’s not the oldest or even the largest of the estates, but many people find it the most spectacular.
Olana is another perfect place to begin or end a tour of the scenic Hudson River Valley — the beautiful, historic birthplace of the first school of American Art. A Persian-style home and estate of famed artist Fredrick Edwin Church.
Located in Dutchess County, the Vanderbilt Mansion NHS, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. A lavish estate!
In addition to tours of the historic house the estate grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors may walk the grounds, gardens, hike carriage trails, or picnic at the overlook.
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter – there is always something to do! Lighthouse tours, estates, small towns, antique shopping, morning ballooning, skiing, and wine country. Rich in history, natural beauty and historic sites, the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain Region are perfect destinations for a day trip or extended visit. See why it is called natural magnificence!
Visit HUDSON VALLEY TRAVELER for more booking and tour information.
Hudson Valley Traveler was born out of a desire to share our corner of the world with independent travelers in a unique way. “We are the most knowledgeable consulting team whose primary focus is to plan customized self-drive vacations throughout the Hudson Valley. It can be a day trip, an overnight outing, or a month’s stay. It might be a full itinerary or just a list of preferred lodging. ” and they are LGBT friendly, of course.
Read the current TOWN & COUNTRY TRAVEL feature.
Visit Travel Hudson Valley , Historic Hudson Valley, and Hudson Valley Voyager
for travel information.
Visit Norm Mackay for real estate information.
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The 21st season of MTV’s REAL WORLD is in Brooklyn!
This is the third time the show filmed in New York, but the first time in Brooklyn. The show was filmed during this past summer and premieres tonight!
Jon Murray, co-creator of The Real World, explains the choice of Brooklyn: “The Brooklyn season, like the Hollywood season, will focus on what people loved about ‘The Real World’ when it launched in 1992 – genuine people, meaningful conflict and powerful stories…”
One of the biggest stars on this season of the “Real World” is New Yorks Gay and Lesbian community center!
This year, the Center opened its doors and welcomed three roommates of the “Real World” cast. A major focus of “Real World: Brooklyn” was to encourage the housemates to go after their dreams while they were living in New York City. Three out of eight roommates decided they wanted to pursue their passions through volunteer internships at the Center.
For three months, MTV brought in their camera crews and captured the heart of the Center and uncovered why the three housemates would choose to spend so much of their time working for the vital programs offered by the Center.
MTV’s “Real World” has been a pioneer in LGBT visibility and has been responsible for changing millions of viewers’ perception of LGBT people for over fifteen years. And this year, “Real World” has taken a step further on behalf of our community by introducing three queer cast members, including the first transgender roommate in the series’ history.
The roommates who dedicated their time to the Center were Sarah, JD and Katelynn. You can get to know each of our “Real World” interns better by visiting THE CENTER site. – Katelynn is a transexual from West Palm Beach. – Sure to be a topic of conversation this year! She began to realize she was more comfortable as a woman in high school. By 17, she was living full-time as a woman. Now 24, she went to Thailand last summer for the surgery to complete the transformation. She has a boyfriend she hopes to marry. (So far on the show, the boyfriend has been distant and things appear rocky…)
“We were thrilled to host these terrific young people who found themselves in our city to participate in this groundbreaking show,” said Richard Burns, Executive Director of the Center. The “Real World” has a long and rich history of including LGBT people and people with HIV as cast members, and we are proud to be part of “Real World: Brooklyn’s” success,” continued Burns. “However, the best part for us was having three terrific people, who care about the LGBT community; bring their enthusiasm and spirit to the Center. We were so moved to see each of them leave the Center with the knowledge that they had made a profound contribution to our programs and services,” concluded Burns.
Be sure to look for the Center as you watch the “Real World: Brooklyn” on MTV this season!
Learn more about these internships at The Center.
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SPEAKING OF NEW YORK, the economy has taken its toll on New York City and Broadway. Many shows have been forced to close. On January 4, Hairspray and eight other Broadway shows closed, and on Sunday, January 11, All My Sons, Gypsy, and Monty Python’s Spamalot also finish their Broadway runs. This is so sad, and we haven’t seen anything like this, since during war times.
Fierstein, who originated the gender-bender role of Edna Turnblad, returned to reprise it for the show’s last months on Broadway.
“It’s been an adventure and a pleasure,” he added. “I hope someday something like this happens to you.”
On another note, Patti Lupone let one audience member have it!
As he was caught recording part of her performance!
Of course, someone has sampled her loud demand to remove the person, and it’s all over YouTube. (sort of like Streisands SHUT UP). I know it’s disrespectful, and I hope no one profited from this rape of theatre. But it is kind of funny, you have to admit….
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Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen designed that fabulous TWA terminal at JFK back in the early 60’s. It was glamourous and futuristic. Remember those smiling stewardesses? and when people actually wore shoes on a plane and not flip-flops?
A couple months back JetBlue opened their brand new T5 building, a Gensler re-design of the old TWA behemoth, that features wide open spaces, tons of natural lighting, new amenities (free Wi-Fi and lots of electrical outlets) all sorts of food and drinking options. 22 dining, bar and lounge options to choose from! Many of them feature menus by famed New York City chefs!
The swanky new terminal has speedy security lanes. One of the largest in the USA at 340 feet long, the security checkpoint at T5 was designed to ensure a smooth, effective experience for all customers. 15 security lanes presently, with up to 20 lanes in the near future. You can order food via a touch screen and have it delivered your gate. There is even a pharmacy here in case you need a liitle pain killer or something! Feeling stress? Get a massage or one of the other spa services! What more can a girl ask for?! You may actually want to arrive a couple hours early for your next flight out!
Twenty-some shops cater to active travelers. There’s a Ron Jon Surf Shop and a store called ExOfficio, which sells outdoor adventure gear. A Brighton store offers bright silver-trimmed leather goods (including luggage) as well as jewelry. There’s also a Lacoste store and a Borders books. A duty-free shop? Sure. Muji to Go, a Japanese import, sells all kinds of travel needs. So many choices, so little time!
T5 has been designed to deliver everything you need for a smooth enjoyable trip. And I love JetBlue for flying – DirectTV at my seat, digital radio, leg room, they have it all.
Don’t lounge too long in the Moroso Lounge. I nearly dozed off in the comfy Italian furniture.
People do the strangest things…..
Here is a video of Police Academy Star Steve Guttenberg running in New York Citys Central Park . Sounds pretty boring, right? Usually, we would agree, but he runs in the park PANTLESS, nearly every day!
Steve Guttenberg does not have any pants on. There is no frontal exposure, due to laws around You Tube, however was on The Howard Stern Show in August and bragged that he was especially well endowed and that it was a great source of confidence.
When questioned about being pantless in the park, he really offers no explanation. He just says he is getting ready for a new thriller movie project!
Since he does this nearly every day, why hasn’t he been ticketed???
Watch Steve Guttenberg run half naked now!
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ON YOUR MARK…….GET SET……..GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whether you need some new couture for your closet (who doesn’t?) or want to pick up some great gifts for the holidays, this weekend HUGO BOSS is having a huge sample sale in New York City! If you happen to be in New York this weekend, get to this sale!
Samples are created by designers to entice high-end stores to buy large quantities of their latest collections, so the quality is typically flawless, however sizes can be limited.
Unlike outlet malls which peddle irregulars alongside Fashion Don’ts that didn’t sell, the Hugo Boss sample sale will be full of near perfect merchandise from the Fall ’08 collection. – at ridiculous prices!!!
Friday, November 7 – Tuesday, November 11
@ Soiffer Haskin 317 W. 33rd Street, New York (just west of Eighth Avenue)
Credit Cards Only, No strollers and no children under 12 will be admitted (thank God!)
All Sales Final. No Returns. No Exchanges. No Exceptions!
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Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI) the San Francisco–based LGBT market research and communications firm, completed its 13th annual LGBT Tourism Study this month, and released the survey’s key findings. CMI has been studying and reporting on LGBT tourism demographics and trends since 1994.
“New York City maintained its enviable position as the #1 destination in the U.S. among LGBT American travelers,” CMI said. “New York has just about everything that gay and lesbian travelers look for in an urban destination: Theatre, cuisine, shopping, night life, and some of the world’s best museums.” New York has maintained the #1 position for many years.
San Francisco placed #3 for leisure travel and #5 for business travel, but its high rankings in both categories allowed the city to be the #2 overall most-visited destination. Chicago ranked as the #1 business travel destination. Las Vegas ranked as the #2 leisure destination. Other cities ranking in the top ten of either leisure or business travel include: Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Springs, Washington DC, San Diego, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta and Boston.
“Great Britain is the world’s #1 destination outside of North America.” Paisley said, “The remarkable rise of Britain, and especially London as the international gay capital, over the past five years is a validation of their tourism offices’ consistent outreach to our community. Britain bypassed the Netherlands (#1 in the ’90s and now #6) several years ago, and just kept going.”
Top Canadian destinations include Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, with Vancouver being the top leisure destination, Toronto being the top business destination, and their combined scores being almost tied. Montreal also ranked very strong. Canada, with its freedom to marry, gay-welcoming cities, and the return of a favorable exchange rate, is increasingly loved and admired among LGBT American consumers,” said CMI.
Mexico/Caribbean destination leaders include Puerto Vallarta, #1 and in the lead among three other Mexican destinations in the top ten; Argentina is the leading South American destination; China is the top destination in the Asia/Pacific region, followed by Japan and Australia; and South Africa is the community’s primary destination on the continent.
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Is the word QUEER offensive to you?
How about FAGGOTY?
Or is it like the “N” word? There is much debate about words and how they are used and who uses them. Two of New Yorks gay entertainers and musical artists , Jonny “The Gay Pimp” McGovern and Adam Joseph are leaders in a new crop of revolutionary gay artists. With their outrageous records and gay music videos, they—along with a bevy of other talented twinkolicious divas— are ushering in a new genre of club hits to our nation’s dance floors. Dubbed “faggot music,” the colorful beats celebrate the ‘F’ word and encourage fans to reclaim their inner faggot. Many in the community—especially men under 30—are doing just that.
But there are also many in the community who oppose the use of faggot in popular music and think it irresponsible of these artists to encourage gay youth to embrace the historically derogative word. The opposition has been vocal online for some time, initially targeting Jonny “The Gay Pimp” McGovern and his Gays Gone Wild album. But the finger wagging has shifted now to Adam Joseph whose “Faggoty Attention” video has reined supreme on LOGO-TV’s Click List music countdown show for four weeks. Don’t feel bad for Jonny, though. He’s sure to be the lead target again when his latest release, “Don’t Fall in Love with a Homo,” hit this summer.
Love them or hate them, no one can argue one thing. These sparkly young artists are making people rethink the power of the “F” word!
Gay pop superstar, TV personality, and nightlife legend, “Gay Pimp” Jonny McGovern blazed onto the New York scene in 2000 with his satirical mix of his character comedy and dirty gay hits and his fire continues to burn bright.
Jonny produced his debut album Dirty Gay Hits in collaboration with IDM producer, Secret Agent Gel. Together they crafted a collection of Gay Pimp themed songs such as Soccer Practice, Lookin’ Cute/Feelin’ Cute, and Hey Lil’ Raver Boi. Jonny then created a dirty gay teen pop style nightclub act with a bevy of soccer/raver boi dancers, a gay rapper, and fierce drag queens workin’ the runway. Jonny headlined all over Manhattan including Homocorps at the legendary CBGB’s, Joe’s Pub, Splash Bar NY, LUXX and opened for Peaches and Chicks on Speed at The Electro Clash Festival as well as at his own white hot parties such as Boys Gone Wild and The Rambles at The Park.
The Gay Pimp became an Internet and international phenomenon. broke into TV with several high profile gigs. Comedy Central’s Out On The Edge, hosted by Alan Cumming brought Jonny’s Gay Pimp revue to a national TV audience. For an entire season, Ricki Lake highlighted his comedy and solidified his status as a ghetto superstar. In 2006, Jonny conquered another format with his weekly podcast Gay Pimpin’ with Jonny McGovern, the most popular gay/weekly/comedy show on iTunes.
He continues his gay world domination with his latest CD, KEEP IT FAGGITY: THE GAY PIMP REMIX PROJECT, a ten track album featuring brand new remixes of Jonny “The Gay Pimp” McGovern’s most popular gay hits. He is also a cast menber of the new sketch comedy show The Big Gay Sketch Show produced by Rosie O’Donnell for the LOGO television network.
ADAM JOSEPH on the other hand has a very different voice and style. Don’t let the baby face fool you. This blue eyed soul singer has exploded onto the scene with a debut that has music insiders comparing him to the likes of Anita Baker, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. The result is a smart blend of soul and pop, catchy hooks and deep heartfelt lyrics. With a big gay twist!
A rare find in the world of music today. Not only does he write, produce, engineer, arrange, and play on all of his recordings, but he also managed to release and distribute his first album independently through his self-owned record label, JAH Records (established in 2003).
His single “You’re Mine” sat at # 1 on Logo’s Click List for 4 weeks, and his eight track maxi-single “Faggoty Attention” garnering just that, East Village celebutante and Jah Records recording artist Adam Joseph is indeed “carrying on a long history of Faggot Music” just as he out and proudly proclaims in his bio.
A frequent guest on the unapologetically dirty original podcast program Gay Pimpin’ with Jonny McGovern, where he talk about everything from locker room masturbation to bumps in the DJ booth, twinkalicious Adam Joseph has worked on Jonny McGovern’s two albums, This Is NYC Bitch! The East Village Mix Tape and Gays Gone Wild.
He moved to New York City where he created “Elegant Children Productions”, his own production company. Currently, Adam provides beats and songs for an entire downtown culture of rising Hip-Hop, Rock, and Dance Music personalities, all the while continuing to pursue his own career as a recording artist and songwriter. Adam reaches across many genres of music, continuously proving himself as not just a singer, but also a well-rounded musician, songwriter and producer.
Check out his Faggoty Attention maxi single!
See Adam Joseph deliver on YouTube!
Jonny McGovern on MySpace Adam Joseph on MySpace
Jonny McGovern http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqv8UJc72SU
Adam Jospeh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0mFm7cWddk
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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization.
BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American Theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis.
By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States.
Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $140 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.
Jerry Mitchell, Tony award-winning choreographer, was amazed at the tremendous attention his nearly naked body garnered in Tommy Tune’s production of The Will Rogers Follies in 1990.
He quickly capitalized on this fascination with exposed skin to raise funds for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) organization.
Over the next 18 years, this “ah-ha” moment grew into the annual tradition that is Broadway Bares—an event where the most beautiful bodies of New York City’s theater community take it all off and do what they do best—strut their stuff!
Backstage Pass: Broadway Bares is a titillating photographic chronicle of how one bright young man in a loincloth, dancing atop a giant drum on a Broadway stage, began one of the Great White Way’s most worthy and exciting traditions!
The book features sizzling behind-the-scene photos, performance shots, and stunning studio stills of men and women from the Broadway stage who have been a part of this spectacular burlesque event over the years.
It includes as little text as costumes worn in the show, but the history is succinctly outlined and mentions the names of the A-list celebrities who have proudly participated in the proceedings, including Cyndi Lauper, Alan Cumming, David Hyde Pierce, and Nathan Lane.
Seven thousand attended the two shows in 2007 and the event has raised nearly five million dollars to date. Proceeds from the sales of Backstage Pass will go to benefit BC/EFA.
Jerry Mitchell is the creator and Executive Producer of this annual charitable event. Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most acclaimed choreographers, responsible for the original productions of Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Full Monty, as well as the Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Tony Award. His choreography is featured in films such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Scent of a Woman, and In & Out. Most recently, he directed and choreographed the Broadway smash hit Legally Blonde, and is presently the co-host of Bravo’s Step It Up and Dance television series. This is SERIOUS, MUST-SEE DANCE!
The show originally played here in New York in June and the beautiful hard-cover collection immediately followed. Signed copies of the book are available from Broadway Cares for $70, regular copies are $55, and Amazon still has a few Backstage Pass: Broadway Bares left at $34. Also at their store online, you can pick up Auction items, programs, DVDs, clothing and all kinds of keepsakes that will help raise money for the cause!
For their eighteenth year, producer Jerry Mitchell and director Denis Jones (both of whom were shirtless by the end of the evening) chose an Alice in Wonderland theme. In general, Bares is an exercise in self-loathing: Broadway dancers have the kinds of bodies that only cover models for Maxim and Men’s Health should possess. But nestled in between countless exposed buttocks and bedazzled pasties were a satisfying number of hilarious celebrity cameos (not even including George Wendt, who was in the audience). Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin took the stage as Cheshire cats, and The Little Dog Laughed Tony winner Julie White appeared as the Mock Turtle. “Hey Caterpillar,” she cried, kicking off a line we are definitely going to use the next time we run into our high-school nemesis.
All royalties from Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
All images © Backstage Pass by Jerry Mitchell,
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A major retrospective exhibition of Kenn Duncan’s work, Focus on the 70s: The Fabulous Photography of Kenn Duncan, including many of the images which will be seen in the fourth coming book Divas!: The Fabulous Photography of Kenn Duncan (Photography), (October 2008, Universe Publishing)
will be on view at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
starting this week
through October 25, 2008.
Photographs of an effervescent Bette Midler twirling barefoot in a summer dress, a sensual Alexander Gudonov staring intently into the camera, a youthful Diane Keaton with the cast of Hair, and an ethereal portrait of transgender Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling wrapped in furs are all part of a comprehensive exhibition featuring materials from the archive of renowned portrait and fashion photographer Kenn Duncan.
Duncan was an amazing artist who truly shined in the 1970’s. This retrospective of Duncan’s 20-year career features approximately 400 photographs and includes his iconic images of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Eartha Kitt, Angela Lansbury, Peter Martins, Bette Midler, the cast of Hair, as well as selections of his nudes, his fashion portfolios, and his work with hundreds of celebrities including shock rock legend Alice Cooper, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walken.
Focus on the 70s: The Fabulous Photography of Kenn Duncan is on display in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, and Admission is free!
Read more about Kenn Duncan and the NYPL exhibit online!
Pre-order the fourthcoming book
Divas!: The Fabulous Photography of Kenn Duncan (Photography) now and SAVE!
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Universe Publishing, 2008.)
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You don’t have to schlep to the beach or Central Park to hang out with the boys and catch some rays….downtown is always hopping at the Hudson River Park– a magnificent rehabilitation of the Piers. Hudson River Park is the largest open space project to undergo construction in Manhattan since the completion of Central Park. The 550 acre park extends from 59th Street south to Battery Park.
Pier 45 / Christopher Street Pier is of course, the gayest. Lots of hotties sunning themselves when the weather is nice!
There is so much to do at the park….
free concerts, free movies, dance events, fishing, batting cages, golf lessons, sailing, swimming, kayaking, heck, you can even take trapeze lessons and end up working for Cirque du Soleil!
Most areas of the park, including the piers, close at 1 AM. The bike path is open 24 hours-a-day, and several areas (such as playgrounds) close at dusk. Some special areas of the park may close earlier. Park bathrooms close at dusk.
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SAD BUT TRUE!
The legendary gay 24/7 Florent Restaurant in New York Citys meat packing disctrict will close it’s doors on Gay Pride June 29th!
High-end boutiques, high-end hotels, and the soon-to-be unveiled high-end high-line park have forced Florent’s rent up from $5,000 to $45,000 a month. They are currently holding auctions on EBAY of
Flo-morabilia, with proceeds benefiting the staff.
The bistro’s goodbye is in the final weeks; each week was dedicated to one of the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
Each theme week has special dishes, decor and performances by familiar faces like burlesque star Dirty Martini, all leading up to a big sad send-off on June 29th, Gay Pride Day.
The quirky French bistro – housed in an old diner that was a speakeasy in the ‘20s and a favorite greasy spoon for longshoremen and meatpackers in the ‘50s – has become even more cherished in recent years as a corrective to the fratastic Bridge and Tunnel scene dominating the neighborhood.
Owner Morellet, however, refuses to be maudlin about Florent’s fate. “I used to be the light in the middle of the darkness, and now I suppose I am the dark spot in the middle of the light,” he told me. “Of course I have prayed that maybe I would be saved at the last minute by a collapse of the world economy. And when it became real? Yes, I drove out to my lake house in New Jersey and wept for three days straight. But,” he quickly added, “only three days!”
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