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Feds Arrest 7 Employees at Rentboy.com for Money Laundering and Prostitution

August 25th, 2015 Comments off
Screen Cap via Rentboy.com

Screen Cap via Rentboy.com

Federal agents raided the New York offices of Rentboy.com as part of a money laundering and prostitution sting. Earlier this afternoon, seven employees including the CEO, Jeffrey Hurant, were taken into custody. Department of Homeland Security and New York Police Department officers, raided the offices and removed boxes with unknown contents.

The website is famous for its massive database of over 10,500 men from cities worldwide who pay to be listed on the website. Men can search the database to find a rent boy or masseur that fits their particular needs. The big-money business has brought in nearly $10 million in proceeds between 2010-2015.

Feds have seized some $1.4 million from six bank accounts, but primarily prostitution between state lines has been cited as the reason for the raid.

“As alleged, Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Kelly Currie said in a statement.

“The facilitation and promotion of prostitution offenses across state lines and international borders is a federal crime made even more egregious when it’s blatantly advertised by a global criminal enterprise,” Glenn Sorge, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York, said in a statement.

 

 

 

‘Rent’ to Return to New York for 20th Anniversary

August 25th, 2015 Comments off
Image via 5th Floor

Image via 5th Floor

This year, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award–winning musical Rent will mark its 20th birthday by returning to where it began—New York. The story about love and loss among a group of friends in 90’s New York will begin showing Sep. 23 at Long Island City’s Secret Theater. Presented by 5th Floor Theatre Company (Debbie Does Dallas, Urinetown, Assasins) and directed by Nick Brennan, the musical is expected to draw heavy crowds.

The musical originally opened on January 25, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop before hitting the Great White Way in April that same year.

Tickets can be purchased here. 

Sutton Foster, New York Pops, and a Season to Remember

August 11th, 2015 Comments off
Sutton Foster, Steven Reineke, and The New York Pops (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Sutton Foster, Steven Reineke, and The New York Pops (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

The New York Pops celebrated its new summer home at Forest Hills Stadium with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. The program was similar to her Carnegie Hall performance earlier this spring—which isn’t a bad thing. Foster, who currently stars in the TV Land show Younger, was in great voice and sounded tremendous thanks to impeccable sound design by Dan Gerhard.

Keep reading over at our sister site, The Broadway Blog…

 

Global Cocktail: Boulton & Watt’s Endless Summer

August 7th, 2015 Comments off
Photo by Ryan Gleason.

Photo by Ryan Gleason.

Summer may be more than half way over, but that doesn’t mean our cocktails have to say adieu to those long beautiful nights. This creation, called Endless Summer, was made by the super-talented Jaime Felber of Alphabet City in New York’s Boulton & Watt. Made to evoke a Brazilian day, this tropical cocktail can’t help but keep that summer smile on your face.

Directions

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Review Round-Up: Hamilton on Broadway

August 7th, 2015 Comments off
Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton.’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton.’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Are the critics as enamored with Hamilton since its move from The Public Theater to the Great White Way? Let’s see what they have to say!

“I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Empire State Building Will Shed Light on Endangered Species with Projections

July 30th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

“I’m a scale person—that’s what Louie likes about me,” Travis Threlkel, chief creative cffice and co-founder of Obscura Digital, told the New York Times. “It’s like the Guggenheim. That’s big, right? No, man. We did that from the back of a car with one projector on it. This one, I’ve got 40 giant cannons. And I wish I had more.”

On Saturday, using 40 stacked, 20-000 lumen projectors sitting atop a building on West 31st Street, the southern face of the Empire State Building will light up the night with digital images of endangered species in an effort to call attention to some of the planet’s most at-risk wildlife.

Threlkel, alongside filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, is the architect behind this “weapon of mass instruction,” which will illume a space 375 feet tall and 186 feet wide, a total of 33 floors, with moving pictures of ” a snow leopard, a golden lion tamarin and manta rays,” along with a variety of creatures, the New York Times reports.

Psihoyos and Threlkel received clearance from the city just four weeks ago. In the last three years, the pairing has put on dozens of smaller projections, including one on the Guggenheim Museum. Their biggest display so far was last year on The United Nations building.

Don’t have a ticket to Saturday’s 27th Street rooftop viewing party? Don’t fret. Images should be clear within 20 blocks downtown of the Empire State Building. Beyond 14th Street, the grey, furry face of a giant koala bear shouldn’t be hard to miss. And beyond New York City, the events are also to be a part of Psihoyos’ upcoming documentary, “Racing Extinction,” which will premiere on the Discovery Channel in December.

“We’re going to try to create something beautiful. Not bum people out,” Threlkel explained. “Hopefully, this is one big domino. If we can tip it, it would be great.”

Join Andy Cohen and PFLAG in NYC!

July 27th, 2015 Comments off
Join Andy Cohen and PFLAG on July 29th in NYC!

Join Andy Cohen and PFLAG on July 29th in NYC!

For the second year, PFLAG is taking over New York City for a culinary event that is too hot to handle! Join host Andy Cohen at the luxe Jenn-Air showroom in NYC on July 29th for a night of gourmet bites and cocktails at the second annual HOT! Benefitting PFLAG National.

Buy your tickets here!

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KLM Launches New York Pop-Up Shop

June 25th, 2015 Comments off
Image via KLM

Image via KLM

Enjoy a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines experience without ever taking off the ground in New York. From Today, June 25-Saturday, June 27, the public is invited to stop by Open House Gallery located at 201 Mulberry Street to be transported into a world of interactive airline fun complete with activations and giveaways. The Pop Up Shop opens each day at 11:00 A.M., and it is capped off with a free Heineken happy hour and live DJ set beginning at 5:00 P.M. each evening.

KLM Pop-up Storefront. Image via KLM

KLM Pop-up Storefront. Image via KLM

Visitors will have many chances to enjoy free treats mirroring KLM’s onboard offerings, get KLM-branded goodies, and win round-trip tickets to Amsterdam through raffles and activations like a cycle for (Flying Blue) miles contest, DJ music booth, and an interactive photo booth. Visitors to this family-friendly space will be treated to a “waffle happy hour” each day from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., featuring free Dutch coffee and stroopwafels for every guest. The KLM Pop Up Shop will also feature a special, interactive experience each day, such as a live painting and screen-printing by Dutch artist Merijn Hos, and a stroopwafel cooking demo by Eat Dutch Waffles.

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New York City’s Stonewall Inn Now Protected Under Landmark Status

June 23rd, 2015 Comments off
Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the Stonewall Inn, the location of the world-famous Stonewall riots, as an individual landmark, today. The unanimous vote from the committee is historical as it is the first landmark in the city designated for its place in LGBT history.

The Stonewall Inn is currently located in Greenwich Village Historic District, but with the the vote, the Commission recognizes it as an individual New York City Landmark. [7]

2015 Tony Awards… and the Winner Is

June 8th, 2015 Comments off
Fun Home Circle in the Square Theatre Cast List: Michael Cerveris Judy Kuhn Beth Malone Sydney Lucas Emily Skeggs Joel Perez Roberta Colindrez Zell Morrow Oscar Williams Production Credits: Sam Gold (Direction) Danny Mefford (Choreography) David Zinn (Set and Costume Design) Ben Stanton (Lighting Design) Kai Harada (Sound Design) Chris Fenwick (Music Direction) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Lisa Kron Music by: Jeanine Tesori Book by Lisa Kron

Fun Home

Wow! What a year… Tony voters surprised us by crowning Fun Home the best musical of the year. Well deserved and certainly a less mainstream title than some of the other nominees. Other big winners include Kelli O’Hara for The King and I and Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography for An American in Paris. Big nominees that failed to snag significant awards include Hand to God and Something Rotten!—though they’re both fantastic shows, too. Our final word? … Go to the theater!

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…