Style| Hey, Tourists! Here’s Where to Dance and Consume in New York City for Pride
The Stonewall Inn is most likely the world’s most popular gay bar. It opened in 1967, a year after laws prohibiting night life facilities from purposefully “serving alcohol to homosexuals” were overturned.
Although it was Mafia-owned, the constant authorities raids were not targeted at lowering the Genovese Criminal Activity Family. Rather– well, you know the story (This year, lastly, the cops asked forgiveness)
The events of 1969 likely marked the point at which gay rights became a national debate. They also caused a golden age in gay bar hopping and club cavorting that lasted approximately till 2000, when various facilities shut down for reasons having as much to do with gentrification as homophobia. AIDS also played a big part in the decline of the bar and club scene. Artists passed away off, bankers moved in.
Today, the Stonewall is most likely to serve as a campaign stop for Democratic political leaders(or a venue for a Vogue magazine personnel dinner) than the location of a sellout celebration. It’s a practically obligatory traveler stop. But where else might gay folks of all stripes go throughout the gay pride weekend to end all gay pride weekends?
Ladyland Festival at the Brooklyn Mirage (140 Stewart Opportunity): The night life promoter Ladyfag is reviving her weekend-long annual festival, with looks by almost 30 performers and D.J.s, amongst them Mykki Blanco, Honey Dijon, Gossip and, in a rare New York getaway, Pussy Riot
Femme Fatale at the Park (11810 th Avenue): Specifically for females, this is one of the greatest Pride Sunday events. D.J.s include Kittens and Mary Mac. Tickets on resale websites are practically nonexistent. Best of luck!
Pier Dance at Pier 97: On Sunday, the afternoon outside party understood informally as the Pier Dance ends after 10 p.m. with an efficiency by Madonna The event has actually been sold out for months, however tickets can be gotten on Craigslist and StubHub for between $300-$600 each. Purchaser beware! (” Pride Island”– that’s the official name– on Saturday includes performances by Grace Jones and Kim Petras. It’s also sold out, though tickets on resale websites are cheaper than Sunday’s event.)
For those simply searching for an excellent old gay bar, there might be no much better place than Julius (159 West 10 th Street). This West Village pub is older than the Stonewall Inn and happens to serve a mean burger. It’s likewise the site of its own historically resonant gay moments.
Henrietta Hudson (438 Hudson Street) has itself been open nearly three years, but that didn’t stop New York publication from recently declaring it “more lively than ever,” and crowning it the “outright finest” lesbian bar in the city. (The brand-new kid in town, the Cubbyhole(281 West 12 th Street) opened in the mid-90 s and is a good hangout for mixed-gender groups.)
The Eagle (554 West 28 th Street) is officially a leather bar. It dates its starting to1970 A fellow gladly shines boots on the 2nd floor, but leatherwear is less on screen than the chests of men aged 30 to 55 who don’t wax and still take their t-shirts off in public. It should be jammed all weekend, including its Sunday night beer blast, which starts around 5 p.m. and winds down around 10 p.m.
Looking for something newer in town?
Metropolitan Bar (559 Lorimer Street), a bar, and the Rosemont (63 Montrose Opportunity), a bar with goals to be a club, both in Williamsburg, and 3 Dollar Costs (260 Meserole Street), a huge venue that hosts dance celebrations in East Williamsburg, all accommodate youngish Brooklyn crowds. Both Metropolitan and Rosemont have patio areas for good nights, and 3 Dollar Bill explains itself as “the largest queer place in Brooklyn.” We have not determined
Atlas Social Club (753 Ninth Opportunity): This Hell’s Kitchen bar, opened in 2013, celebrates male physique culture with black and white photos of fighters and bodybuilders from the forties and fifties. Friday night, there’s Manny Fierro’s Latin themed celebration Freakiton. Saturday is World Pop, a weekly tribute to pop music “from all over the world,” according to co-owner Ben Maisani
Club Cumming (505 East Sixth Street), the East Town bar and efficiency area co-owned by Alan Cumming, has a performance by the standard-singing drag performer Alexis Michelle around 9 p.m. on Friday night. After that, the promoter Daniel Nardicio throws his celebration called Femme. “It’s men dressed as girls, women impersonated gays, combined sexuality kind of thing,” said Mr. Nardicio, adding that there’s also an efficiency former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” participant Willam Belli
Jacob Bernstein is a reporter for the Styles desk. In addition to writing profiles of designer, artists and celebs, he has focused much of his attention on L.G.B.T. problems, philanthropy and the world of furniture style. @ bernsteinjacob