Undeniably, the NYC bear scene has moved from subculture to the gay mainstream in the past few years, thanks in part to large-scale events like Urban Bear Weekend and Provincetown, Massachusetts's Bear Week. At this point, bearded, husky guys dominate much of gay clubs and nightlife, from gay bars like Stonewall and Rockbar to mega dance parties including Horse Meat Disco and the Fur Ball. So what makes a bear? These days, it's pretty much anyone with face fuzz and a bit of extra meat on his bones. We're not generally hung up on labels around here, but there's no denying that these guys throw some of the best parties around. Our NYC bear guide will help you navigate the furry forest.