The New York City Fire Department has made a charity calendar for over a decade now, but Gotham’s unsung heroes, the taxi drivers, are hoping to get some attention and raise some money with their brand-new 2015 calendar. The more-humorous-than-serious calendar features three men from last year and ten new drivers as they pose doing everything from grabbing a bite to eat to changing a flat. Part of the sales will go to University Settlement, which helps serve more than 30,000 immigrants and working individuals with basic services.
One of our guilty pleasures (yes, still) is watching Survivor. It always gives us a little Tribal Council anxiety when CBS introduces the new cast offs. Usually there is one member of the gay or lesbian community (and they usually end up being horrible, thanks Colton!). But this season, we have two gay cast members competing on Survivor: San Juan del Sur. Gay couple Joshua Canfield (32) and Reed Kelly (31)—two self-proclaimed Christians—will be competing. BTW, they are singers/dancers/actors from Broadway.
Meet them after the jump…
We have just the cure for Lana del Rey’s summertime sadness, all she has to do is pop on over to La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel in New York City and order up one of these delicious cocktails. The La Primavera (OK we know it means spring) is surely being sucked down as we type this by the hoards of fashionistas at the always-trendy hotel. For those who want to enjoy this at home, making this cocktail couldn’t be easier—mix all ingredients together and either shake or stir!
Nothing says New York City summer quite like a rooftop bar. OK, maybe a New York City rooftop at one of the city’s hottest new hotels, a view of the Empire State Building, and a deliciously sweet cocktail in hand. Located on yr 22nd floor of the Archer Hotel (47 West 38th St. between 5th & 6th Ave.), Spyglass Rooftop mixes a dose of40 s and 50s glamor with modern design elements, but who’s really looking when you have a view that rivals many in Midtown. One of our favorite cocktails here, the Empire State, was created by expert-mixologist Joe Goglia who knows how to hit all the right notes for a Summer night.
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Shake, strain, and pour into a highball glass with ice. And finally, garnish with a basil leaf.
The culinary explosion known as Restaurant Week (or now more like Restaurant Month) returns to New York City from July 21-August 15. While you may think this announcement is a bit premature, Summer Restaurant Week is notorious for its popularity. And even with over 300 participating restaurants, getting reservations is difficult. With deals like $24 for a prix-fixe lunch, and three-course, prix-fixe dinners for $35, you can see why. Don’t fret. While reservations aren’t yet being taken, it’s a good idea to sign up for the mailing list here. This way you’ll be one of the first to know when to log on to OpenTable.com to ensure your spot for some summertime culinary bliss.
Be sure to keep a look out for our first-ever Culinary Issue. It features a delectable World Eats New York City to help you take the right bite out of the Big Apple.
Who wants to see one Broadway show when you can see dozens on one night? The critically acclaimed series, Broadway by the Year, presents its final installment of the season, featuring Broadway musicals from 1990 to 2014. Among the 25 stars scheduled to perform include Tony Award nominees Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Big Fish) and Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon), Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights) and Margot Seibert (Adrian in Rocky), Barrett Foa (Buyer & Cellar, Avenue Q, NCIS: Los Angeles), Terri White (Finian’s Rainbow), Jack Noseworthy (The Sweet Smell of Success), Kendrick Jones (The Scottsboro Boys), Kevin Spirtas (Hugh Jackman’s Understudy in The Boy From Oz), Sarah Jane McMahon (NY City Opera’s Pirates of Penzance) and supermodel Oakley Boycott.
Since 1991, Inside Out has brought LGBT film to Canada with the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. They grew out of a “small community” who wanted to see films created by LGBT people, and the festival has continued with this mission. Today, it’s the biggest festival of its kind in Canada, and among the top five LGBT film festivals worldwide. Annually, the festival draws about 35,000 people and over 200 films from around the world are screened. Events include talks, panels, installations, and parties. The events take place from May 22-June 1. And while you’re in Toronto, be sure to stick around for World Pride from June 20-29.
Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen lived life to the fullest in New York City during their last two weeks on Broadway’s Waiting for Godot and decided to take advantage of all the city has to offer. From the historic Stonewall Inn to Nathan’s in Coney Island, the two strutted around like the perfect couple—except Patrick Stewart isn’t gay and the two are famously best friends.
Craving a late-night sweet treat, but too embarrassed to slink into a bakery or bodega? Now, thanks to a 24-hour cupcake-dispensing machine in New York City’s Upper East Side, New Yorkers have the chance to conveniently obtain freshly baked frosted goods by just pushing a button. The machine comes from Charles Nelson and his wife who own the Los Angeles–based company Sprinkles Cupcakes. The machine, located next to their store Nelson’s Sprinkles Cupcakes on Lexington and 60th, is the first for New York, but similar Sprinkles machines have already proven to be a hit in LA, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. Select one of the 20 different varieties, swipe your card, and a box comes out.
It was with a sad heart that we said goodbye to ProBar in Atlantic City and its floor-mate Divas Do AC. But just as fast as the curtains closed on that AC stage, another set flung open at Stage 48 in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. And while a booze-filled limo didn’t manage to chauffeur all the girls to this new endeavor, ring leader Jason CoZmo (Liza Minelli and Dolly Parton) wrangled Gary Dee (Joan Rivers) to make a brand-new start of it in New York at a new show, Diva Royale. Funnily enough, the show opens with New York, New York, as sung by Liza (who is better at being Liza than even Liza is). “Come on come through, New York, New York,” Minelli ‘belts’ to the crowd. Don’t worry, divas, with a show like this there is no way you won’t make it here.
Located at Stage 48 in the Divine Restaurant and Lounge, the show does it old school with a three-course meal. The intimate room requires reservations, but you’ll jump at the chance to book when you realize that you can get a two three-course meals for $49 and you get a show. (You can spend that much on five Bud Lights at FairyTale Lounge down the street.) Skeptical foodies can relax, as the show serves just-the-kind-I-want-right-now food. No one cares that you followed your truffle mac n’ cheese with a cheesburger in the dark!
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