Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events

Gear up for lots of LGBT culture: A new gay bar and a queer fashion exhibits are among the best things to do in New York this fall.

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  • Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events: Atlas Social Club

  • Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events: Fairgrounds

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     Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events: Bushwig 2013

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events: "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk"

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events: DWV: Vicky Gets Her Period!

  • Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events: Joan Collins: One Night With Joan

Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best LGBT events: Atlas Social Club


Mark your calendar for these LGBT events, which are some of the best things to do in New York this fall. See an exhibit about queer fashion at the Museum at FIT, see a pop-culture legend when Joan Collins takes the stage, or check out a new gay bar opening in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Atlas Social Club, from left: Pablo Raimondi, Asi Mazar, Josh Wood and Benjamin Maisani

Atlas Social Club

With the recent demise of homo haunts Splash and Rawhide, it feels like a risky time to open a gay bar in this city. But if anyone can deliver a surefire hit, it’s the team behind Atlas Social Club. Nightlife legend Josh Wood; Eastern Bloc proprietor Ben Maisani; Pablo Raimondi, who co-owns Bedlam with Maisani; and Splash veteran Asi Mazar are creating this Hell’s Kitchen spot as a mash-up of a gay speakeasy and an old-school athletic club. You might want to get in line now. No phone yet

  1. 753 Ninth Ave between 50th and 51st Sts
  2. Opening early September

Fairgrounds

For one night each year, Six Flags Great Adventure closes to the general public and opens its doors to LGBT folks (along with their friends and family). For the tenth-anniversary edition, organizers expect more than 10,000 revelers to invade the amusement park for an evening of rides, games and music courtesy of DJs Hector Fonseca, Steve Sidewalk and Eddie Baez. Private buses available from Manhattan; for more information go to gaysixflags.com. 8–10:30pm; $48–$150.

  1. Six Flags Great Adventure 1 Six Flags Blvd, at Monmouth Rd
  2. Sat Sep 13
More info

Bushwig 2013

Brooklyn’s arty drag scene continues to explode, and its hottest queens—including Horrorchata, Babes Trust and Macy Rodman—will be among the 50-plus acts at this second annual daylong outdoor blowout. facebook.com/bushwignyc. 1pm–12:30am; $15–$20, in drag $10.

  1. Secret Project Robot 389 Melrose St, between Flushing and Knickerbocker Aves
  2. Until Sun Sep 7
More info

"A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk"

The Museum at FIT explores LGBT contributions to sartorial history, including statement-making ensembles from the 18th century through today. Pieces on display include a 1950 cocktail dress by Christian Dior and a dapper neo-Edwardian three-piece suit originally worn by dandy and old-school party boy Bunny Roger. fitnyc.edu/museum. Tue–Fri noon–8pm, Sat 10am–5pm; free.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Until Sat Jan 4
More info

DWV: Vicky Gets Her Period!

The raunchy, subversive drag trio of Detox, Willam and Vicky Vox returns to NYC with a brand-new show. Expect to hear the trio’s viral hits—including “Boy Is a Bottom” and “Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A)”—plus brand-new comedy sketches and true stories of epic shamelessness. 212-695-6909, spincyclenyc.com. Midnight; $20–$40 plus $15 food-and-drink minimum.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Until Fri Sep 27
More info

Joan Collins: One Night with Joan

After scoring a hit with last spring’s Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli concert, queer-nightlife guru Daniel Nardicio continues his flirtation with classy camp by bringing iconic British actor Joan Collins to the NYC stage. The Dynasty star will regale adoring fans with tales from more than six decades in the pop-culture trenches. dworld.us. 8pm; $55–$60.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Until Tue Nov 5
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