2011 nYc Pride Week Kick-Off Rally Central Park

...  Saturday June 18th 2011 we made our way to Fifth Avenue and 72nd street and into Central Park. Following the trail over to Rumsey play field where the Rally took place. Upon entering the play field area we were greeted by Target employees directing us to the PridePop truck (pictured) for a free ice pop and then are attention was directed towards the stage as Ross Mathews (Jay Leno’s intern, pictured) host of this years rally was gleefully welcoming in Pride week NYC. On stage with Ross was comedian Christine O’Leary (pictured). They introduced the various LGBT ...

Omega, Danny’s, Rumples, the Zipper, the Bushes, the Duplex

...  were all around you in Manhattan. Out of all these bars Duplex is the only bar still around in 2011 (Not in the location stated in picture 4). Disco Cabaret Omega – 347 West 41st Street Danny’s Bar – Disco – Sunday Brunch – 108 Montague St. Brooklyn Rumples Salt & Pepper Dancing – Cruising Bar – 140 7th Avenue So. Off Sheridan Square Playroom Yonkers (Gay Owned) – The Zipper 371 West 46th St. – Andy Thomas Anselmo, The Bushes of Central Park West 23 West 73rd ...

Mother Childs & the New York Cafeteria Society of the 1920’s & 1930’s

...  of today. A very popular chain in New York City was Childs, which first opened in 1889 by Samuel S. and William Childs. The chain grew to a large number of restaurants and was known for its architectural designs, outstanding service and cleanliness. The most famous location for homosexuals was Columbus Circle and 59th street affectionately called “Mother Childs”. Mother Childs was the perfect spot for a queer hangout, it was a prime location on the gay compass between Central Park and the theater district. Patrons would visit after the theater and congregate sometimes till four or five in the morning. The Cafeterias would [...]

A Bar of Gold in the New Depression? Justin Bond

...  Queer Up North” Arts Festival and in a critically acclaimed run at London’s Soho Theatre (‘Justin Bond is a trans-atlantic cabaret messiah’ – Time Out London). Also in 2008 Justin appeared at The Southbank Center in London in the title roll of Sinderella an original musical written by Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies. In 2007 he premiered Justin Bond is Close To You, a reinterpretation of the classic Carpenter’s album Close To You performed in its entirety in Central Park and subsequently presented by The Sydney Opera House in Australia. In 2005 his show, Glamour Damage, had its [...]

Back2Stonewall nYc, the Mineshaft 1976 – 1985

...  sex establishments.  Were establishments like The Mineshaft, The Club Baths, The Adonis, and The David X-rated theatres responsible for AIDS.  No, not really.  They certainly didn’t help thats for sure. But they were not the cause.  The city closed these establishments and still men gay men persisted having unprotected sex. Once one club was closed they moved to one that was still open, after the clubs were gone they went to the porn theatres, and after the porn theatres they went to Central Park, back to the bars and by then onto the Internet.  If half the time, money [...]

Gay Sex in New York City During the 1970’s

...  just about anywhere you could think of became a place for sex.      The abandonded piers on the Hudson river, the truck trailers under the Miller Evevated Westside Highway, and the many bathhouses throughout the city (Man’s Country, Club baths, St. Marks, the Continental, the Everard, and the Mount Morris Baths and others  throughout the city at the time).      There was also the Anvil or Mineshaft to get down and dirty and if you liked the the fresh air there was Central Park‘s The Ramble where you never knew who you might see or step on in the bushes. [...]