Sergio and I just returned from spending a weekend in New York City. We had a great time seeing friends, paying respect to others (at the 9/11 Memorial) and strolling around some of my favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan.
The photo above is of me at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery which is located on West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue just under the High Line Park. The exhibit featured the Brazilian street artists and twin brothers known as Osgemeos (The Geminis). Bostonians may remember them from their amazing temporary public art display in Dewey Square in 2012, which was 7-stories tall by nearly 80 feet wide. Below are photos from our time wandering around.
Earlier this month the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art opened their latest exhibit, The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment.
Davies Diana Davies, Demonstration at City Hall, 1973/2013, Digital print. Gift of Alexis Heller, ©NYPL. Collection of LeslieLohman Museum
If you have plans to visit New York City in the coming weeks or months you may want to stop by the museum at 26 Wooster Street in New York City to check out the exhibit, which opened on April 8th and runs through June 26th.
Milk Harvey Milk, San Francisco Gay Parade, 1974/2009, Archival inkjet print, 8 x 10 in. © The Estate of Harvey Milk. Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum.
The exhibit explores the vibrant and liberating decade between the Stonewall Riots from 1969 through 1980, just before we heard the first rumblings of the AIDS crisis. The exhibition features over 115 works, including photographs, drawings and paintings made during this significant period in LGBTQ history.
The exhibit explores themes of political activism, body/self, fashion/style, and sexual freedom/expression.
Kevin McDermott is an accomplished photographer who first came to my attention in 2014 when his book, Virgin Island, with Detroit-based model, Todd Sanfield, was released. McDermott is getting attention again for a new book that is available for pre-order called High Line Nudes.
The forthcoming book juxtaposes the male form against impressive and iconic New York City architecture and is now available for pre-order from the publisher, Ten Avenues Press.
Pre-Order Your Copy of High Line Nudes by Kevin McDermott
This year’s Black Party theme is SUBmerged
This year’s Black Party theme takes place in Brooklyn, New York starting at 10PM Saturday, March 19 and runs through Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2016. More than 4,000 are expected to come to attend this year’s Black Party to enjoy the music from the five headlining DJ’s who will be playing for 18+ hours.
Black Party advance tickets are available starting today. For more information about tickets, volunteering and other details visit www.blackparty.com.
Photo credit: David Rodgers
Next month Charles Busch, probably best known for his vintage Hollywood satires (like Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommy Die) returns to New York City to (as the Hollywood Reporter puts it), “step into the sandals of Elizabeth Taylor” in his new play Cleopatra.
The limited engagement will take place at the Theater for the New City (located at 155 First Avenue) in the East Village. Cleopatra will have 22 performances starting Friday, March 25 running through Sunday, April 17.
Tickets are $25 and currently on sale via SmartTix.com.
Purchase your Cleopatra Tickets Here
My trip to New York City last month brought me to the Financial District; an area of the city I’m not familiar with so after doing a quick search online I found a pub called O’Hara’s that had scores of rave reviews and was near by.
Upon entering O’Hara’s you’ll note the hundreds (if not thousands) of patches from police departments. It gives the place a certain charm and paid tribute to those men and women who spend their careers serving and protecting others. I liked O’Hara’s the minute I walked in the door. The bartender, Paul, had an easy going personality and maintained conversations with everyone at the bar without ever seeming to rush anyone or leave any patrons waiting.
The food is mostly of the comfort variety. I was tempted to try the Shepherd’s Pie which Paul said was delicious but huge, so I opted for one of their many burgers on the menu. I ended up ordering the Bronx Burger which comes with mushrooms, sauteed onions and American cheese as well as a generous pile of French fries all for $12.50 (pretty damn cheap by NYC standards).
The food, beer and service all lived up to the hype in those reviews, I’m happy to say. If you are looking for a classic pub and the corresponding grub this is a place to check out. O’Hara’s Pub is located at 120 Cedar Street and serves food much later than most of the surrounding bars and restaurants. If you do stop by tell Paul the guy from Boston says “Hello”.
Normally I share information with you but in this post I’m turning the tables. I have been asked by a friend to help them find an affordable option when they go to New York City next month; preferably in Manhattan. Clean, safe and if possible conveniently located are what this traveler is looking for so she can extend her business trip to enjoy some personal time in NYC.
Do you have a favorite place to stay that won’t break the bank for a traveler burdened by a budget? Share your favorite suggestions in the comments section below so all may read.