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Documentary Video Shows The 1989 NYC Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parades have come and gone, but sometimes we wish we could go back to see what it was all like. Well now we can.

Filmmaker Nelson Sullivan was known in New York City’s art world and club scene in the 1980s. Thankfully, Sullivan recorded himself as he participated in New York City’s 1989 Gay Pride Parade while he was wearing an outfit and makeup designed by RuPaul himself (RuPaul is also in the video).

If you are interested getting a glimpse of what the 1989 Gay Pride Parade in New York City was like, watch the video down below.

 

 

Also, it would be remiss of us not to mention that Nelson Sullivan died of a heart attack that same year while at the age of 41. This was only a few days after he quit his day job in the hopes to focus on created a television show.

Now, you can see more of Sullivan’s work here or through New York University’s Fales Library & Special Collections.

H/t: Reddit

This Moving Bathhouse Party Has New York City Bars Raving

Its cold up in the North East of America with temperatures reaching as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit just in the New York and Philadelphia area.

But while its getting colder outside, its getting warmer inside at gay bars in New York City.

Multiple clubs in New York City are hosting “Bette, Bathhouse and Beyond” events in order to both revisit the good old days of the gay bathhouse scene as well as to celebrate singer Bette Midler who was a frequent visitor of such haunts.

Party organizer Daniel Nardicio has teamed up with singer Amber Martin to create a night to remember. Guests are told that the dress code is towel only while Martin performs one of Midler’s routines to mimic bathhouse excursions of the past.

And if you’re thinking, “Why celebrate Midler at a bathhouse?” That’s because Midler was known for her bathhouse performances.

In their glory days, bathhouses weren’t just places for sex but social hubs for gay men, and performers often showed up to sing a song or two. Milder was so known for it that she gained the nickname Bathhouse Betty.

When actor Alan Cumming announced that he would be creating a club with multiple events to celebrate gay culture, he added that a bathhouse theme was in the works. The videos above and below show the fruition of those original ideas.

Now, the party is on the move again as it was held last night at another club in New York called Bedlam Bar.

Keep a look out for “Bette, Bathhouse and Beyond” because it looks like its an event that everyone’s loving.

h/t: NewNowNext

A 4-Story Pink Penis Showed Up On A NYC Building

A four-story tall penis has popped up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and gotten a lot of people talking about it.

On Christmas Eve, graffiti artist Carolina Falkholt decided to paint the giant penis on the side of an NYC apartment building standing on Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge Streets.

As she says on her Instagram post, where she shares a picture of the pink penis, “I have never heard so much laughter and seen so many happy faces behind my back when painting as for today doing this wall on Broome Street.”

But despite all that laughter and fun, there were many people who weren’t so pleased to see the image.

Many commenters expressed their outrage and disgust towards Falkholt for placing her penis on the building and call it an act of public indecency.

"This is the most disgusting gross display of street art. It’s one thing to have this in your home but to have this in public where families live and walk by is a major lack of respect"

Others said it was wrong of her to point this up in their neighborhood.

"Y’all Wnna come mess up are neighborhood with what you think it’s cool but it’s really not. Can’t wait till it’s removed and it will happen. We don’t play that in the Lower East Side," wrote one user.

Meanwhile, The Low Down NY reports that community leaders are already working to have the art removed.

District 1 Community Education Council president Naomi Pena has asked the New Allen, a street art foundation, to remove the penis.

"Contrary to what developers and the folks you see in the street, there are thousands of people in this neighborhood who are raising their children here. While I’m gathering you may not have any children or may not live here to have to walk by and see this, i certainly was not happy to have to explain to my 8-year-old twins what this was," wrote Pena.

As for Falkholt, she says that this image, and another one on Pike Street that depicts a vagina, are meant to start conversations about sexuality.

She says they’re “about not being ashamed of your body and who you are as a sexual being." 

"Talking about these subjects in public space is a must for a healthy, nonviolent community/world," she said. "And the dialogue created around feminist public art pieces raises awareness."

h/t: NBCNewYork

Travel Thursday: Four Delicious Restaurants to Try While in Manhattan

Manhattan is synonymous with a lot of great things still (not including Times Square, which I believe was created to infuriate New Yorkers), and one of them of course is the ability to produce a variety of amazing food from every type of cuisine imaginable.  The city may have changed a lot over the years, especially with the amount of gay bars decreasing in our neighborhoods, but one thing that has truly remained relevant and spectacular are the restaurants that inhabit this amazing concrete jungle.  With that being said, we are highlighting four amazing hotspots that you should definitely RSVP to the next time you are here in NYC.  Keep making this city special and think local when it comes to how you dine, especially with these fantastic places.

Best Late Night Grub: Coopers Craft & Kitchen (Chelsea and East Village)

Coopers Craft & Kitchen is located right next to one of the most popular gay bars in Manhattan: Gym Sportsbar on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.  Both their East Village and Chelsea spot are fantastic to head to after a long night of drinking (although they are a craft beer place so you can stop there as well), and try some amazing sharable items with friends including my all time favorite... POUTINE!  Their late night menu also features grub worthy items including Fish Tacos and Fried Chicken Wings.  More here.  

Best Fast Casual- Latin Beet Kitchen (Flatiron)

Manhattan has really stepped up its game in terms of going beyond the boring burger, salad and soup options that so many of us have stopped by for a quick lunch before heading back to work.  Latin Beet Kitchen takes the idea of fast casual and elevates it to a whole new level with their take on nutritious and delicious Latin cuisine all in one bowl.  You take five different meat/fish options including Organic Chicken or Salmon Ceviche, build your base with items like Zucchini Noodles or Arugala and then top it off with some of the best veggies I've ever had including Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Carrots and Purple Cabbage Slaw.  Then top it off with one of their signature dressings.  This spot is perfect for the summertime and beyond.  More here

Best Spot to Eat in the Gayborhood: 5 Napkin Burger (Hell's Kitchen)

The gayborhoods in Manhattan run the muck, and include everything from the West Village to Chelsea and now the newest... Hell's Kitchen.  Hell's Kitchen has become the new LGBT playground of sorts, with 9th Avenue taking the lead in the amount of gay bars you can inhabit.  Of course, this also means great restaurants to try, and if you are a burger head like I am, then 5 Napkin Burger will do the trick.  This place is always popping whether its for lunch, dinner or everything in between.  Their customizable burgers are diverse in its selection, with some great appetizers and shakes to compliment your entire experience.  Highlighted burgers to try: Ahi Tuna Burger with wasabi mayo and tempura onion rings, and their Bacon Cheddar with Cheshire Heritage Bacon, Tomato, Vidalia Onion and Lettuce.  Prepare for the meat sweats, y'all.  More here

Best Italian Spot: Adoro Lei (South Village) 

You have a bajillion places to go to in Manhattan for all things Italian, but relative newcomer Adoro Lei should be a spot that you must try while visiting here. This place has been ranked as one of the top 35 pizza spots in the country, and rightfully so as they split their pizza options between the reds and the whites.  Both have magnificent results when it comes to the flavors you get out of each, including their Boozy Betina (Vodka Sauce with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil) and their scrumptious Fried Pizza (Fried Pie with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Ricotta).  Go there.  Just go.  More here

Bonus!  Best Dessert Spots: Becky's Bites (East Village) & Huascar & Co. Bakeshop (Midtown West)

You always have to leave room for dessert, and Becky's Bites and Huascar & Co. Bakeshop are phenomenal for highlighting key items in this section of the menu and delivering on each morsel you try.  Becky's Bites just opened in the East Village and is tackling all things cream cheese and how to excel with this sort of delicacy.  This includes her Beckaroos (fun take on a Dunkaroo), Sweet and Salty with a Pretzel and Cream Cheese Dip, and her own line of a Bacon, Egg and Cream Cheese option on a fresh bagel.  More here

On the flipside, Huascar Aquino already has fame on a national level as he won an episode of Cupcake Wars a couple of years back. And rightfully so, as his cupcakes are some of the best I've ever had in my life, not to mention his insanely yummy cookie options (stick with the classic and try his Chocolate Chip).  Highlights in his cupcake items are PB&J and Scarlet Velvet, the latter of which is his own take on red velvet.  More here