The most important gay TV shows
Looking for LGBT content while you're scrolling through TV shows and movies on Netflix? From SOAP to The Wire, TV has long welcomed LGBTQ characters to thrive, and today’s golden age features series that expand our understanding of gender, sex, identity and ally-ship. Put down your summer LGBT reads and check out our rundown of the most important series featuring explicitly LGBTQ characters and performers, and even a few queer superheroes.
10 programas LGBTTTI
Hacer una lista de los programas LGBTTTI de la televisión no fue tarea fácil. Es cierto que los actores que han interpretado a personajes de esta comunidad, han tenido que recorrer un largo camino para llevar a sus caracteres a la televisión.Glee creó un niño modelo fuera del clóset en la preparatoria, mientras que Orange Is The New Black, The Golden Girls y SOAP fueron otros contendientes importantes. Un caso que vale la pena mencionar es el de All in the Family, la primera emisión positiva de la representación de un hombre gay en una serie de televisión. A continuación presentamos nuestra lista de los programas de TV gay más importantes de todos los tiempos. Si eres fan de las películas también visita las 50 mejores películas LGBTTTI o los 15 personajes queer del cine y la televisión.
The top 9 go-go boys in NYC
They’ve got it, they flaunt it and they accept cash tips only. You can talk to them, dance with them and maybe even touch them. Or you can leer at them from across the room. Falling in love with them might ruin your life, but there are worse ways to go. Go-go boys in gay clubs are a fantasy of and in flesh. Some are porn stars, and sex workers, and some end up winning a Tony for writing the book for Avenue Q. OK, they’re not out there curing cancer (yet), but they are performing a much needed service. If they’re doing it right, they elevate everyone’s mood as well as everyone’s libido. According to gay nightlife kingpin Frankie Sharp, good looks and the ability to look sexy grinding to the music are only part of the game. “He’s got to be able to move through any type of space and any type of crowd. And a great go-go boy has to let go of his ego.” Party promoter Ernie Cote agrees. “A great go-go boy is friendly to everyone,” says Cote. “Some end up becoming hosts because they are so fun and friendly that people come to see them outside of the way they look.” Known for his anything-goes underwear party, NYC Caesar of sleaze Daniel Nardicio gets Freudian with his analysis. “If they come from broken homes, no fathers,” says Nardicio, “then their insatiable desire to find a father to love them makes them do depraved things just for a dollar. I had one dancer say to me, ‘My dad was a general in the Israeli army, but I show my hole for a dollar.’” Flirty, slutty, depraved or friendl
Drag Race winner Chad Michaels tells us about his holiday Cher extravaganza
Drag queens love a reason to party, and the holidays are no different. Chad Michaels All Star Christmas Cher brings together many of your favorite Rupaul’s Drag Race queens, including Raven, Adore Delano and Courtney Act, but Chad Michaels as Cher is the main event. Check out what Chad Michaels had to say about his lifetime as a Cher impersonator, and check out our top 10 gay Christmas shows in NYC. Christmas in New York is gay as ever! RECOMMENDED: See the full guide to Christmas in New York What’s the hardest part of being a professional Cher impersonator? Hard? It’s not brain surgery. I focus on getting the costumes right, getting the body language. I do what I can with the makeup. My Cher is still a work in progress. What’s the worst part? People always want you to do Cher. Like, at Target? Ha! No, at gigs. I don’t always want to do Cher. I’ve been doing Cher for 25 years. Think of what it’s like for poor Cher! I’m not shedding tears, honey. She’s crying all the way to the bank. You’ve met Cher a couple times. Was it, you know, weird? No. She’s not pretentious at all. I love that about her. I mean, she’s this giant icon, but then she’s just this little bohemian chick in Ugg boots and sweats. Sadly, Cher is only human. Would it be inappropriate to go to Cher’s funeral as Cher? Absolutely. So inappropriate. It would be a cry for help. What would you say if you were asked to deliver her eulogy? Uh, like right there on the spot? How about, “Here lies Cher; she always bought g
Dina Martina talks Turdinkies, funneling booze and what she's most thankful for
Like an elegant rodeo clown, drag queen Dina Martina has lumbered onto stages across the country, making a name for herself from Seattle (where she won a Genius Award from the bible of the local scene, The Stranger) to Provincetown. John Waters said, “Dina Martina goes way beyond drag into some new kind of twisted art.” It’s a crime that she is not more famous, but her style of meta character comedy probably would not translate to the format of RuPaul’s Drag Race. There is only one solution: Dina Martina needs her own TV show. We caught up with Dina to ask some questions about how to get through the holidays with family, and we got a rare look inside the personal life of this American treasure. RECOMMENDED: A full guide to Thanksgiving in NYC Do you have a big family? Not really, it's just me and my adopted daughter, Phoebe—although my best friend Doreen is at my house so much, you'd think she was part of the family. She's my "Gayle." She's also the heir to the Kotex fortune. What is Thanksgiving like at the Dina Martina household? Sumptuous, if at all possible. It's a happy, festive scene with children laughing and playing and old people slipping in the bath tub and falling. Don't ask me who they are, but they're there every year. My house isn't very secure. What's a fun craft project that the whole family can do together and make the house look more festive? I think a bris can bring the family together like nothing else, plus you can hang the leftover trimmings and really s
NYC's top drag queens predict the LGBT nightlife award winners
How do you quiet down a room full of drag queens? Nominate them for an award. In 25 categories, from Best Promoter and Best Club Night to Best Bartender and Best Go-Go Boy, the Glam Awards celebrate excellence in almost all areas of NYC LGBT nightlife. NYC's own Drag Race winner and multiple Glammy winner Bianca Del Rio will host the show and hopefully read the nominees to shreds. While the Oscars cut most of the performances from its annual show, the Glam Awards has a ton of performers taking the stage, including Will Sheridan, Big Dipper, Sweetie, Aquaria, Bootsie Lefaris, Mila Jam, Miz Cracker and Monica Blewinsky. As the anticipation builds for crowning this year's Entertainer of the Year, we asked some of the 2015 nominees who should nab the top prize.
10 LGBT New Yorkers we’re following on Twitter (and so should you)
We get it. It can be nearly impossible to pull all the weeds from your Twitter garden. Your once fertile field of humorous observations has become an overgrown tangle of embarrassing self-promotion, esoteric tag-team celebrity banter and that most dreaded Twitter killjoy: minutiae overshare. Some of the funniest New Yorkers or even briiliant authors might not be able to tailor their talents to the tweet. But there are still tweeters out there who care enough to play the game of self-promotion while still keeping it interesting. Follow this list of LGBT New Yorkers on Twitter, and enjoy a perennial bouquet of word-flowers.
Margaret Cho takes on comedy taboos on her new PsyCHO tour
On the heels of her new Showtime comedy special, PsyCHO, Margaret Cho’s “PsyCHO Tour” is making a stop at the Town Hall on November 11 as part of the New York Comedy Festival. The comedy show’s full title, There’s No “I” in Team, But There’s a Cho in PsyCHO, is all about Cho owning her own crazy. We asked the brave, brilliant comedian cowardly, idiotic questions about RuPaul’s Drag Race, her cameo on 30 Rock and even about the lessons of Madonna. Eventually we had to face our own Chomophobia and ask how rape and molestation aren’t comedy killers. Still cowards, we asked her to talk about it from the voices of her stand-up stage personas: her drag queen guardian angel, her mother and Gwen, the woman who washed her vagina when she went to the hospital with kidney failure. RECOMMENDED: See all New York Comedy Festival coverage. Let me start by saying that I think you’re brilliant and— Thank you! —and that I’m going to ask you some really stupid questions. Oh, okay. If you were a finalist on RuPaul’s Drag Race—and clearly you’d be a finalist—how would you answer the “Why should you be America’s next drag superstar” question? Oh, God! Those artists all work so hard. I could never even imagine…I refuse to wear makeup. I could never even compete. That’s a losing answer. I concede. I respect those girls so much, and I’m too lazy. But you killed it with your Kim Jong Il drag on 30 Rock. I so reject the trappings of femininity, that I could never aspire to something like [Drag Race]. M
Backstage photos from Night of the Living Drag and Madame Tussauds Halloween
The RuPaul queens are busy all year, but Halloween can murder a girl's werq-load. Voss Events hosted the biggest gay Halloween events in town. The girls got drop-dead gorgeous for the fourth annual Night of the Living Drag at Liberty Theater on Friday. Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon, Willam and Shangela slayed the overheated crowd of die-hard fans. Madame Tussauds was converted into a nine-floor Halloween party on Saturday. At times it was disturbing that you couldn't immediately distinguish between who was a celebrity in wax and who was a regular schmuck in a very expensive Halloween costume. See some of our favorite photos from the events below. RECOMMENDED: The full Halloween NYC guide All photographs by Ben Lerman
The top 10 films to see at NewFest
Gay films span genres and reflect the spectrum of the big queer rainbow that comprises the community. This year, the annual LGBT film festival, NewFest, which runs from October 22 through 27, has put together a program that showcases cultural diversity as well as diverse tastes in style. Check out controversial movies, documentaries and more with topics ranging from a gay slasher film spoof to a transgender Chilean homecoming. With nearly 100 screenings, we’ve sorted through and picked the top 10 films you can’t miss.
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Dina Martina: Christmas Show
You might mistake her for a lost rodeo clown, but superstar drag artist Dina Martina is a unique and hilarious genius. She blends the traditional elements of a drag show—singing (sort of), dancing (in a way), jokes and stories (stream of consciousness)—into an intoxicating cocktail of demented glee. Her annual Christmas show features "overburdened costumes" and accompanist Chris Jeffries. The Dina experience is hard to describe and even harder to forget. Don't miss out.
Jackie Beat: A Gay in the Manger
Meatier, wronger and more delicious than a turducken, this comedy queen's holiday show is the one to beat. Jackie's classic carol parodies like "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Syphilis" and "Santa's Baby" are hilarious, and her powerhouse vocals are impressive. But it's her improvisations and crowd work that demonstrate what a natural-born entertainer looks like in the spotlight.
Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: Christmas Mourning
Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon focuses her quirky comedy style on the holidays with longtime collaborator and accompanist Major Scales for an evening of new original songs and imaginative arrangements of pop covers.
Chad Michaels' All-Star Christmas Cher
O, come all ye gypsies, tramps and queens to midtown for this blockbuster drag event. Chad Michaels leads a roster of Drag Race alums like Courtney Act, Adore Delano, Willam, Detox, Ginger Minj and many more for a show that's a half-breed of Cher worship and gay Christmas pageant.
CHERYL presents: Touching Baes
With the infectious enthusiasm of kids at recess, the party collective CHERYL is back! They’re throwing another dance party in NYC after a seven-month hiatus to export their unique brand of artistic clubbing to Europe. Touching Baes brings them back home (to touch base) for a new explosion of fun at this queer-centric Bed-Stuy event space.
People of all genders, sexualities and (of course) races are invited to mix it up at this gipster shindig from the folks behind the Gayletter nightlife newsletter.
Pussy Faggot: Homo for the Holidaze
Puss out proud, and puss out strong with Earl Dax and Dusty Childers at the latest edition of their queer art party. Glenn Marla hosts the first set of performances at 8pm. Legendary scene queen and recording artist Kevin Aviance is slated to turn this Pussy out in the second set at 10pm, hosted by the godmother of dowtown performance art, Penny Arcade.
This new, recurring Friday night party is everything, at least everything you might want in a club night. Fabulous venue? Check. Hot party people? Check. Dancers, freak show acts and art installations? Check, check and check. Producers Brian Rafferty and Joe Roszak and DJs Brett Henrichsen and Scott Martin pull out all the stops for an over-the-top gay club experience.
Set It Off: "Ham" Thanksgiving eve bash
Move your can (and extra canned goods) to the dance floor as the Williamsburg summer girl party Set It Off checks in at this queer-positive Bed-Stuy event space. DJs Batty Jack, ShiBoi and Roze Royze man the decks, Tigga Calore performs and Mx Sula a.k.a. Kiki go-gos. Bring clothing and food donations for Bread and Life Bed-Stuy to distribute to people in need.
Soft Spot: A Comedy Show
Claudia Cogan and Brendan McLaughlin host this monthly gathering of their favorite comedians in a charming Gowanus brewery. Get there early to nab a seat before they're all taken.
Dworld Underwear Party: Thanksgiving Eve
Beloved NYC smut daddy Daniel Nardicio wants you to take your pants off—slow down, pilgrim! Not yet!—at his three-floor underwear party. Before you stuff yourself with turkey and that annual dose of carbs at Thanksgiving dinner, stuff your banana hammock and show that off. You'll find DJs and go-go boys in every room, plus a live photo shoot for Playgirl featuring Corey Fredrick. Clothes check is mandatory, but the rules end there.
15 WTF subway moments that will have you shaking your head
Native New Yorkers are born with a bullshit detector and a poker face. The rest of us learn these skills as a matter of survival. Nobody sells you the out-of-gas-need-a-bus-ticket story. You can smell it coming a block away and shut it down before it's in focus. Still, we did a collective double take when a rat sashayed by with a slice of pizza. In fact, we even took some civic pride in it. Here are 15 moments on the subway that would make even the most jaded, seen-it-all New Yorkers look up from their phones. 1. When you find out they actually clean the subway tracks—and with a cast of thousands reddit/4depth 2. When your commute turns into the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World reddit/crishy 3. When you don't have a pen, toothpick or pair of scissors handy reddit/iamnotfromtexas90 4. When a dark part of your soul hopes he doesn't make it reddit/ireland1988 5. When we can all just get along reddit/leaveallyouhave23 6. When you comply with the letter if not the spirt of the law reddit/strangetitss 7. When Santa doesn't take off his backpack like the MTA posters say he should A photo posted by @josvdp87 on Dec 26, 2015 at 1:12pm PST 8. When you feel someone's eyes just piercing through you A photo posted by Jess Brett (@jesbianbrett) on Nov 4, 2015 at 6:02pm PST 9. When you are about to ruin a pair of shoes and possibly contract hepatitis A photo posted by Adam Craniotes (@craniotes) on Dec 23, 2015 at 11:33pm PST 10. "Excuse me, s
30 totally valid reasons to never leave your apartment
It's not a prison. You can come and go as you please. Your building has a doorman for heaven's sake, or so you've heard from people who use the doors of your building. Life, as far as your concerned, is a game won by spending as little time as possible beyond the threshold of your apartment door, and you are a grand champion. Still, judgmental idiots dare to question your isolationist philosophy. You can fend off those meddlers with some of these completely rational reasons that you really shouldn't, ever leave home. 1. You're still waiting for Time Warner to show up 2. You have to perfect your Vitamix recipes in order make that investment pay off 3. Showering is optional 4. There is almost never a line for your bathroom 5. The right lumbar support for a comfortable lounge position has taken you four years and $1200 in CB2 pillows to perfect 6. You are still optimizing your experience of Seamless, Drizzly and Tinder/Grindr by varying the order in which booze, food and sex are delivered 7. Battlestar Galactica is streaming on one the little boxes attached to the HDMI switcher thing 8. None of your dance moves are ready to go public 9. Your significant other/roommate/mother enjoys going out into the world and bringing you back stories of their adventures 10. Your last trip to the TKTS booth triggered a crippling case of agoraphobia 11. You need to see several cycles of natural lighting on the paint samples before you can commit to a color 12. Your zero-tolerance cockroach pol
A real-life NYC dominatrix dishes on doing your dirty work (NSFW)
Professional dominatrix and PhD in metaphysical science Sandra LaMorgese is an expert in female sexual empowerment and the transmutation of sexual energy. Who better to pin down about why so many of us want to be pinned down? The good doctor gave us a very private look into her very private practice. Is there such thing as an average session?I couldn’t honestly label any of my sessions as average. The one element that does remain consistent in all my sessions is that they all involve a woman—me—controlling and dominating a man. While there are women in the industry who enjoy playing the sub or can comfortably switch back and forth between both roles from client to client, I always like to be the one holding the bullwhip. I play a teacher, boss, dominatrix, aunt, mommy or an interrogator of some kind. Typically the client has done something “bad” and needs to be punished: He’s been caught wearing auntie’s silk panties, or he’s constantly late for work because he’s fantasizing about his sexy boss and masturbating. Punishments range from an over-the-knee spanking to verbal humiliation, like yelling, “You’re such a fucking loser!” to physical, like full-on bloody corporal caning. What’s your favorite kind of kink? Knife play. One of my favorite scenes is to bind the slave to an old-fashioned yoke—the same sort of apparatus used in the Salem witch trials. My client bends over and places his head and hands in the three holes in the wood, and then I clamp it shut. Once my slave is
The best date spots for five NYC archetypes
A perfect date is easy to recognize after it happens. Planning the perfect date is a little more difficult. There is no such thing as the perfect date spot because we are all unique with a different set of likes and dislikes. See if you recognize yourself in one of the New York personalities below. If so, we've got a great suggestion for you. You can also check out our less targeted date night suggestions. Who: The yoga instructor who secretly has no chillWhere: The Royal Palms Shuffleboard ClubWhat: A Florida-themed shuffleboard game hall and bar in GowanusWhy: Hey, girl. This is the perfect date destination for you. From vinyasa to vinyasa, you are always on the move, from one thing to the next, barely able to control your breathing. When you try to just relax, your to-do list races through your brain, firing off a sequence of synaptical events that result in vacuuming under the sofa. The quasi-physical challenge of putting a tang (pole) in your and hand and moving some biscuits (pucks) around will calm your racing mind. Soon you’ll be unconsciously breathing from your abdomen and having the time of your life. Who: The male model who is smarter than everyone thinksWhere: Please Don’t TellWhat: Hidden speakeasy barWhy: You weren’t asked to be born with a square jaw, prominent cheekbones and a chiseled musculature that requires minimal commitment to a gym routine. You aren’t stupid, but you get it: haters gonna hate. You don’t need to talk them out of it. You’re content to le
Today's your last chance to ride the ferris wheel at the Times Square Toys 'R' Us
Like a metaphor for a city always cycling through changes to its retail landscape, the ferris wheel at Toys "R" Us has been spinning for 14 years. But the final revolution will happen today. There is no word yet on how the life size T. Rex will be exiting the building. Mom and pop stores aren't the only business being pushed out of their leases by ever-escalating New York City rents. Toys "R" Us can't afford to renew the lease on their 110,000 square-foot prime retail space because, well no one could afford it. The behemoth retail space will be divided into parcels for flagship locations for Gap, Old Navy, and possibly other retailers. Fortune reports the ground floor retail space at $2500 per square foot. For Toys "R" Us' current 25,000-square-feet of ground floor space that would be a monthly rent bill of $52.5 million per month—not including the remaining 85,000 square feet of second floor and lower level space ($350 per square foot and $150 per square foot, respectively). The line that stretched up Broadway this morning before the store opened has dissipated. You can currently walk right on into the store, but you will have to wait for one of the final rides on the 60-foot ferris wheel. Toys 'R' Us is still looking for a Manhattan location, but this iconic stop for people who "don't wanna grow up" will close its doors forever today at 6pm.
17 sketchy things that all New Yorkers do
You have to be willing to cut a few corners to make it work in this town. Playing exclusively by the rules in New York will make you poor, tired and late for dinner. We’re not saying you should go out there and Bernie Madoff your way through a pyramid scheme. Far from it. New Yorkers are generally good, honest people who operate by the Golden Rule, doing unto others as they would have done to themselves—until it comes into conflict with that other guiding New York principle, “You snooze, you lose." Spending all your time being an upright citizen is a noble and worthy endeavor, but New Yorkers know their limitations. Too much time in the sun, and you can overheat. It's cooler in the shade. Here are 17 sketchy things that all New Yorkers do. 1. Catching a cab half a block up the street from where you saw other people trying to hail the same cab. (And they know you saw them and you know that they know. And they know that you know that they know.) 2. Charging your roommate who isn’t on the lease more than his or her fair share of the rent. 3. Accidentally shoplifting and avoiding the walk back to the store to return the merchandise. 4. Helping yourself to a double feature, hopping from one movie theater to another. (Films are expensive here!) 5. Ordering at the bar before the nice guy ahead of you, who has been waiting patiently but is less attractive. 6. Pretending not to recognize a celebrity, then gossiping about how bad they look in person. 7. Using your rent-controlled apar
See pics and video of New York's first snowfall of the season
It snowed! It snowed! The first snow of the season is always a little magical, and New Yorkers greeted yesterday's dusting with awe, glee and cameras. Giggling, giddy and struck by beauty these people have captured the moment. It looks like our next snowfall won't happen for at least a week or two. Thanks for your winter enthusiasm, New York, and for reminding us that each of you is a special, unique snowflake! The snow season has arrived #nyc pic.twitter.com/fVNWQ33Crs — Wahyu Ichwandardi (@pinot) December 29, 2015 A photo posted by @s00w00 on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:46pm PST A photo posted by DAmonte Brown (@dudeofnewyork) on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:51pm PST A video posted by DAmonte Brown (@dudeofnewyork) on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:28pm PST A video posted by ѕtєphαníє pαtrícíα murgα (@_stephaniepm_) on Dec 28, 2015 at 6:14pm PST A photo posted by yocho.jpg (@yocho.jpg) on Dec 28, 2015 at 4:31pm PST ❄️And then this happened❄️The first snowfall of the season 😍🌨☃ #EricasNYAdventures #SnowingInNYC #IAmSoInLove #NY #Snowflakes A video posted by Erica C. 💕 (@erica_can) on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:32pm PST A video posted by Monica Morales (@monicamoralestv) on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:25am PST First night in NYC and it starts snowing whilst up the Rock 🌨❄️☃ pic.twitter.com/Z7YG4kni0I — piglet (@laurenn_mh) December 29, 2015
20 things you’ll definitely see on New Year’s Eve in NYC
You're ready to rage through the night, ringing in the New Year with an animal fervor that brings New York City to its knees, its lesser humans begging you for mercy. Maybe you've planned it all out or maybe you're going to wing it. Either way, you need to prepare yourself for the good, the bad, the ugly and the very, very awkward. RECOMMENDED: New Year's Eve in NYC 1. Five minutes 'til midnight, people sizing up their make-out options. 2. People being charged absolutely ludicrous prices for drinks (and not giving a shit). 3. Some stooge waiting to hear this. 4. People getting the hell out of Manhattan after midnight any way they can. 5. A very quick flip from celebrating to sick. via GIPHY 6. The person who woke up in the wrong borough. 7. Someone who felt left out gets invited to a party at the last minute. 8. The guy who should be dead by now, but is somehow still partying. 9. The person who needs to be picked up off the floor when it’s time to go home. 10. The guy who sees his two ugliest friends making out with each other 11. That dude convinced he’s the sexiest man on Earth. And ladies: New Year’s Eve is your lucky night. 12. People realizing that the dumb thing they just did is going to be all over their Facebook feed the next morning. 13. The cute single person who brought their super awkward friend to the party. 14. The girl who’s just completely failed to kiss her crush at midnight. 15. Regret. So much regret. 16. The d
A Snow Alert has been issued for New York tonight
Snow my god! It may actually snow in NYC tonight. When you unwrapped that scarf and gloves on Christmas, it seemed like a cruel prank. Temperatures in the 70s last Friday had New Yorkers dining al fresco in t-shirts and surfing in the Rockaways. But now, the joke's over. A "snow alert" has been issued starting at 8pm tonight by the Department of Sanitation, the city agency responsible for clearing any potential snow. With the National Weather Service forecast calling for rain and sleet and a low of 33, the northern parts of the city may see a few flurries, which they will witness with all the wonder of a Malawian child seeing snow for the first time. So retrieve your cold weather gifts from the "return" pile. With the record high temperatures we've been experiencing, the cold air—even above freezing—will come as a chilly shock.
Let it snow (on your screen)
You may wake up Christmas morning to find that the weather outside is so frightfully warm that you don't feel like unwrapping the 12-cup Cuisinart you asked for (but are pretending not to know what it is). There will be no sleigh rides or toboggans today. There will be no snowmen or snowball fights. There will be no Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Oops, we're making it worse. How can you go from having a blue Christmas to doing all right with a Christmas of white? Put the Netflix yule log on your TV and stick your laptop in the window with one of these dreamy NYC snowscapes playing. White Christmas, sorted!* *Time Out is not responsible for cats knocking laptops out of windows.
New Year’s Eve Horror Stories
It’s all fun and games until someone takes a cork in the eye. Regrets, we have a few. And, when it comes to New Year’s Eve—a.k.a. amateur night—so do you. We collected some stories from readers who feel like New Year’s Eve dropped the ball on them. One minute they were swinging from the chandeliers, and the next minute they were bleeding on the carpet. Learn from each other, people, and don’t let this happen to you! Hurling toward oblivion“I went to a house party in deep Brooklyn. The girl who lived there was pretty tipsy and asked me if I wanted to kiss at midnight. I said sure. Midnight comes, and she drunkenly pukes on my shoulder, and it runs down my shirt. I then tried not to get sick on her. I failed.”—Mark, 30, Park Slope, Brooklyn Bye bi baby“One year, I watched my girlfriend at the time make out with her friend on a roof in Bed-Stuy because it was ‘just for fun.’”—Dylan, 25, Williamsburg, Brooklyn New tears eve“I had gone through a very bad breakup and got incredibly drunk at a stranger’s rooftop party in Brooklyn. When the countdown began, I for some reason started crying hysterically. I had to go hide in the stairwell and bawl to myself for a solid five minutes.”—Jenny, 28, Upper West Side The late show“I made the grave mistake of buying tickets to see Sandra Bernhard at a theater in the heart of Times Square. It didn’t occur to us that the police wouldn’t let us through the barricades to see the show, but we finally begged our way in. Sandra was at least an hour l
Today is the shortest day of the year
There are nine hours, fifteen minutes and sixteen seconds today between sunup (7:17 AM) and sundown (4:32 PM), making it the shortest day of the year. By the time you read this, the little little light making it through the clouds will begin to fade. You’ll sigh out the window about how dark it will be before you get out of work. But, hey! Buck up, kid. It’s not all bad news. It’s also the longest night of the year, heh heh. So throw a log in the fireplace (YouTube Yule log video), dim the Chandelier (turn off all all the lights except the beer sign) and open a bottle of fine rosé (two forties). Clear off the bear skin rug (futon) and get ready to romance someone’s pants off (your own pants are fine). Also, bear in mind that tomorrow, we start the slow minute-by-minute climb back to summer hours. By New Year's Day, we'll be enjoying three minutes and forty-two seconds more daylight!