We’re counting down the days until the Big Gay Brunch with Underground Eats, Big Gay Ice Cream and Next Magazine, and so is Bruce the Narwhal! Follow him on his epic adventure as he sets out through the streets of Manhattan, over the Brooklyn Bridge, on the subway, and finally arrives at the Mercedes Club in search of pool party fun with Chef Zac Young, one of the illustrious chefs who will be cooking at the Big Gay Brunch. (more…)
New York City has its share of haunted spots, like Washington Square Park, a former burial site, the New Amsterdam Theatre, where the ghost of an actress has been rumored to roam, and the Morgan Library, where the librarian’s ghost supposedly brings books to visitors who ask for them out loud. No doubt the city’s haunted history inspired the works of one of its most famous residents, eighteenth-century writer Washington Irving. Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” immortalized a town of the same name in Westchester County. Now, just a short train ride away from Grand Central, ghost hunters can take nighttime “Murder & Mayhem” tours of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, one of the town’s creepiest sites, by lantern light. (more…)
MONDAY, JUNE 17: Bryant Park’s Summer Film Festival launches today with Tootsie. In one of the funniest films of all time, Dustin Hoffman is an unemployed actor who finally gets the part of a lifetime… as a female soap opera sensation. The lawn opens at 5pm for blankets & picnicking; films start at sunset (between 8-9pm). FREE.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: HBO and the International Center of Photography present A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial Artist Lecture with A.K. Burns, a multimedia artist/sculptor/videographer and compulsive collaborator who is a founding member of the artists activist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), and co-editor of RANDY, an annual trans-feminist arts magazine. 7pm at ICP, 1133 Avenue of the Americas. FREE. Read our review of the Triennial here. (more…)
The Roaring Twenties shift from Long Island to Governor’s Island this weekend with the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 15 – 16 and again on August 17 – 18, just a short ferry ride from 21st century Manhattan, part of Governor’s Island is transformed into a 1920s world in every sense. Now in its eighth year, the event has become one of the most prominent Jazz Age outdoor celebrations. (more…)
MONDAY, JUNE 10: The 18th Annual Poetry Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The walk features some of the nation’s most renowned poets – U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner Galway Kinnell, and presidential inauguration poet Elizabeth Alexander among them – who will be reading poems capturing the spirit of New York along the expanse of the walk from the Financial District to DUMBO. The walk ends at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn, where guests will enjoy a dinner on the waterfront catered by Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke. 6:30pm at the Brooklyn Bridge. $250. RSVP required. Buy tickets here.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11: The Museum Mile Festival. One day a year, for the past 33 years, ten of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12:AIDS in New York: The First Five Years will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the show will use posters, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in New York. NY Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. 10am-6pm. $10 students / $15 general admission. (more…)
The much beloved Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, from whose fabulous loins sprung the inimitable East Village creamery by the same name. Photo courtesy of Big Gay Ice Cream.
Big Gay Brunch is just around the corner, and we are absolutely stoked! Supporting the The Trevor Project and hosted by Underground Eats, Next Magazine and Big Gay Ice Cream at the Mercedes Club pool on the afternoon of June 22nd, the event will feature food by Top Chefs Dave Martin, Zac Young, and Elizabeth Falkner, along with specialty cocktails and a bloody mary bar. Combine that with music by DJ Whitney Day (from Cielo, PH-D, Pacha NYC, Greenhouse), bocce ball, an amateur synchronized Swimming Contest (yes, anybody can sign up), and a rooftop pool, and you’ve got the perfect start to NYC Pride Week! (more…)