Monday, June 21, 2010

The NYN Guide to Pride

By Special Guest Contributor Sarah Hall

Pride is an amazing rainbow colored chose your-own-adventure that can make your grandma break out the glitter. This week long extravaganza is filled with parades, street fairs, bar parties and dancing on the pier. Pride offers something for everyone. It’s one of those great NYC events where millions of people turn out and everyone is welcome: boys, girls, families and even the straight people. That’s right straights, this one is for you too. Pride is a celebration of difference and the acceptance of those differences, yours included.

Successfully navigating pride can be difficult even for veterans, but is usually a daunting obstacle course for first time priders. One of the biggest challenges is that like NYC, there are just too many choices and “I want to have the most fun possible but don’t know where to go” hysteria can quickly set in. To help you combat this, we have surveyed several NYC Pride repeat offenders to find out the best spots for your to pride it up like a pro.


Sunday, June 27, 12pm
Fifth Ave & 36th St to the West Village
This one is obvious; it’s the grand finale and the showstopper. But while going to the parade is easy, the trick is finding the right place to watch it. The first criteria for picking your spot should be one that’s near a public bathroom since finding a place to go will be one of the biggest challenges you will face on Sunday. The second thing to keep in mind is who you and your friends want to be around when the party starts. I’ve always found that the most fun crowds are in the West Village with the most coveted viewing spots centered around the cabaret bar Duplex.

Girl Party Picks

Sunday, June 27th, 2pm-12am
17th St & 9th Ave
Cover: $15 before 6 pm $20 after
This party is a staple in the NYC scene but on holidays like Pride, the promoter Maggie C really brings out the big guns. This year Stiletto will have a circus theme complete with cotton candy machines, dunk tanks fortune tellers and a very pretty crowd. The only draw back is that the venue has small bathrooms so be sure to “go” before you go.

Saturday, June 26th, 10pm-4am
Cover: $20 before 11pm, $25 after, $20 Guests w/Rapture party wristbands
Proposition is the newest NYC girl party and it draws a great crowd every week. For Pride, Prop is teaming up with the legendary girl party from LA. Truckstop for its first east coast appearance. Truckstop is known for drawing a diverse crowd, so expect to check your inhibitions at the door and step into a little girl on girl spring break paradise where there is something for everyone.

Boy Party Picks

Governor's Island
Saturday June 26th
Pride will spread beyond Manhattan at this over the top event. Touted as "Europe's Biggest Party", Matinee New York comes to us directly from Ibiza, and "dancing is only the beginning...". If you're into pyrotechnics, cirque-du-soleil-esque aerial acts, latex-clad go-go persons, and large snakes, well, then...we'll know where to find you.

18 Little West 12th Street
Cover: $25
Veteran DJ’s Gustavo and Rick King will move their monthly party for the “fun, friendly, furry, foxy" from the cozy Westside Tavern to the iconic club Cielo for a post-Pride-dance-on-the-pier party. So just in case nearly 48 hours of non-stop dancing leaves you feeling MORE PROUD THAN EVER, stumble northwards to this haven for the hairy and their not-so-hairy-friends.

Have fun.

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