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Drag Queens, Labor Rights, and the Cruel Power Dynamics of Gay Nightlife

Drag Queens, Labor Rights, and the Cruel Power Dynamics of Gay Nightlife

In less than a decade, drag has gone from late-night sideshow act to mainstream art, covered in the world’s most esteemed publications. A queer renaissance — heralded by shifting social norms, changing fashion trends, and one particularly notable TV show — is creating an entertainment boom that bars, nightclubs, and programming managers are eager to […]

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Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop bars are irresistible. If you meet friends at one tonight, the vista might include a city skyline or nearby waterfront. It will look great in photos. You will look great in photos. Someone in your vicinity will say, ”Whoa, epic!” before night’s end. But if you go to a rooftop bar tonight or any […]

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Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Crowds were dancing in the streets Tuesday as NYC lifted a 91-year-old law that prevented dancing in most bars, lounges, restaurants, and nightclubs. Revelers saw this as a victory of the young and woke over the forces of old and evil. The law seemed racist when it was first launched in 1926 and used against […]

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A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

It was 4:00 a.m. the Sunday night before the Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ holiday. A crowd of about 600 was cavorting to techno/house music from legendary DJ Jonathan Peters at Analog, a no-frills Brooklyn club with a great sound system. For 15 years, Jonathan Peters deejayed on average four gigs a week and had a seven-year residency […]

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