#fbf to the #loisaida fest in Mayo. Ponce is where my abuela came from and when I visited in 2012 I laughed that I understood why she left. She never wanted to go back, not even when my uncles had a house built for her there. She preferred New York and her occasional trips to Atlantic City on the bus from Chinatown. Ponce was a sleepy town. The weather was so hot! The fire truck museum was in all the tourist guides but it was the kind of thing you might see in the main plaza of a small town in Ohio - with a little more flair, por supuesto.
We stayed at a little hotel that had a solar shower that never really got warm despite the unrelenting sun. Still it was charming. There were museums but they were all closed, with handwritten signs promising to be open mañana. I understood. I felt that way too. But there was amazing custard ice cream to be had and a huge kitschy sign on the main highway marking the city. Later I saw an article about a retired couple that built with their own hands a house on the outskirts of town that looked like a spaceship.
Ponce was the gateway to our mountain drive through the sharpest bends I've come across. We stopped in the forest to eat the famous lechon. We wandered through even sleepier towns that grew coffee and caused catholic school kids in uniforms to gape at our mainland-ness. I'm sorry I laughed at you, Ponce. You're the source of half my DNA. I hope you make it. #nuyorican
[boy bar 'beauties' invade the basement dressing room of Pyramid, 1989, shot by Cedar Gottlieb.] I'll be invoking these lovely ladies Weds, 9/20, 9pm, @clubcumming Reading For Filth 💐👻💐👻 from Ghosts of St. Vincent's:
"To label what was going on in those clubs as 'drag' misses the point. More than men prancing about as women for laughs, the East Village queens were performers of intense artistic expression, and like the queens of Stonewall, crucial political protestors willing to tell the truth through wicked satire and pop music hooks. They loaded their feminine illusion with feminist allusions. They were glittering satellites gloriously transiting a galaxy of their own making. With so much darkness around, we needed them desperately."
#ghostsofstvincents by #tomeubanks featuring #legendsofdrag from #pyramid & #boybar in #loisaida#cedargottlieb#lgbthistory#lgbtliterature#nyc1989#nychistory#clubcumming @hatches60 & @danielnardicioproductions present #readingforfilth#adventuresinnightclubbing#readitandtweet
We, the humans of Alphabet City, bid farewell to our favorite Muppet Tree. Her name was Cher. She got sick after Hurricane Sandy and the city has arrived today with chainsaws to cut her down. There's no shortage of sadness on Ave C today. Bye, tree. We really loved you. #cher#avenueC#loisaida#eastvillage#nyc#willow @evgrieve @thewaylandnyc
#hellovoter bringing it home to the #LES ! Today #knowyourcouncilmember shines on @cm_rosiemendez. Wrapping up her tenure in the @nyccouncil, she is the Chair of the LGBT Caucus. Here she is fighting for tenant safety and safer construction to benefit all New Yorkers. #Primary 9/12, General Election 11/7. #Vote#loisaida#eastvillage#kipsbay#gramercy#greenwichvillage#murrayhill#stuyvesanttown#chelsea
@Regrann from @cm_rosiemendez - I am proud to stand with the STS Coalition and my Council colleagues. For far too long some of the city’s worst property owners have used devious, despicable tactics, as well as construction renovations to harass and intimidate tenants. Tenants living in buildings that are undergoing substantial construction usually do not know where to turn. Therefore, ‘Safe Construction Bill of Rights’ legislation would require landlords to provide tenants prior notice of significant construction projects and periodic updates about the status of such construction projects. If DOB wants to right a wrong, then the agency must stand with us to initiate reforms that will ensure that construction is safe with tenants in residency and that tenants get the help they need. The intent of this legislative package is to make New York City the best and safest place to live, work, and play. I believe that is something worth working for.
Tomorrow night we premiere a new episode on the #EastVillage ! Featuring musician William Parker, writer and teacher Hettie Jones, style guru Jimmy Webb, community activist and leader Pepe Flores and dancer and community builder Patricia Nicholson Parker.