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Hudson Yards’ 1,100-foot-high observation deck Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, announced a special partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to celebrate Pride month. There will be a colorful art installation on the Skyline Steps that encourages visitors to share messages of kindness, affirmation, and love. In addition, visitors can purchase “Born This Way” cocktails and guest packages, tickets to “Sky High” Pride Yoga, and more in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. A portion of sales will go to the Foundation.
Large, high-end penthouses aren’t uncommon on the Upper West Side, neither are outdoor terraces. But the views afforded from this duplex penthouse are something special. An outdoor space spanning the entire length of the main level overlooks the supertall towers along Billionaires’ Row, while other vantages show off all the skyscrapers in the neighborhood. The $4,790,000 home is located at 135 West 70th Street, an Egyptian Revival condo building known as The Pythian, which was designed by famed theater architect Thomas W. Lamb (it’s also where Lady Gaga grew up and where her family still lives).
Photo by Ajay Suresh on Flickr
Along with most other large events for the rest of the year, MTA has decided to cancel the annual Video Music Awards ceremony that would have been held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 30th. Instead, “The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, August 30th and pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around the City with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines,” according to a joint statement from MTV and the Barclays Center.
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Owner Helen Buford with longtime bartender Daniel Onzo
On the corner of West 10th and Waverly Place sits Julius’ Bar, New York City’s oldest gay bar. Constructed in the middle of the 19th-century, the landmarked Greenwich Village building first opened as a grocery store and later became a bar. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city, Julius’ is also known for its historic “Sip-In” on April 26, 1966, when members of the Mattachine Society–one of the country’s earliest LGBT rights organizations–protested the state law that prohibited bars from serving “suspected gay men or lesbians.” Not only did the demonstration lead to the courts ruling in 1967 that gay people had the legal right to assemble and be served alcohol, but it also became one of the most significant instances of gay rights activism before the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
Like many businesses forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic, especially now that indoor dining is on hold indefinitely, Julius’ owner Helen Buford is struggling to pay the bills and launched a fundraising campaign this month to help save the bar. Ahead, go behind the scenes of Julius’ while it remains closed, learn about its unique history from longtime bartenders Daniel Onzo and Tracy O’ Neill, and hear more from Helen about the struggle to survive as a small business during COVID-19.
Go behind the scenes
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2020 marks 50 years since the first NYC Pride March was held, one year after the Stonewall riots. Though the LGBTQIA+ and New York City communities aren’t able to celebrate in the big way that NYC Pride had planned, there will still be a special virtual March, along with many other ways to mark this momentous occasion from home, from panel discussions to a virtual 5K run to rallies and conferences.
The full list of events
Images courtesy of The Corcoran Group.
This postcard-worthy 1829 farmhouse at 384 Main Street in Amagansett village has been meticulously renovated from its gracious front porch and Greek Revival doorway to a gunite pool and boxwood hedges. Located in a prime south-of-highway Hamptons location overlooking protected farm fields, the home, asking $3.475 million, sits on just over half an acre. The property can legally be a bed and breakfast for even more possibilities.
Take the tour
This three-bedroom East Hampton rental on a half-acre of landscaped greenery could be the perfect place to spend an end-of-summer getaway week (h/t Curbed). Dressed to the nines in on-trend decor and fun, fine finishes, this vacation home comes complete with heated pool, grill and outdoor fireplace for $12,000 a week in season or $40,000 a month ($20K after Labor Day).
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Scarlett Johansson image via Wikimedia Commons.
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have looking at beachfront properties in the Hamptons. According to the New York Post, Johansson and her man recently checked out a five-bedroom condo at Gurney’s in Montauk, in the resort’s new 26-unit residential section which opened in 2016. The pair toured a pretty property priced at $7.95 million (reduced from $8.49 million, though it’s still the most expensive of the eight available residences).
Make like a star and take the tour
Photo of Lady Gaga via Wikimedia
The former penthouse of singer-songwriter superstar, Lady Gaga, has hit the rental market for $33,000 per month. Located in prestigious 40 Central Park South, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom features a sunken living room, two wood-burning fireplaces and a whopping four terraces. As the New York Post first reported, the sprawling duplex has been home to other celebrities like Liza Minnelli and Lance Armstrong. The apartment was featured in Lady Gaga’s recent documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” which is currently streaming on Netflix.
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Image © Dionisio González
6sqft’s series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Spanish artist Dionisio González presents two series of digital photos showcasing Central Park. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].
Architect and photographer Dionisio González has made a name for himself with his surrealist photo manipulations, which typically combine existing buildings and urban spaces with digitally drawn structures and landscapes. His latest two series take on Central Park and how the city’s giant “void” relates to its surrounding skyscrapers. In his “Thinking Central Park” series, González fills the space with futuristic shelters. Conversely, in the black-and-white series “Dialectical Landscape” he adds empty spaces as aerial extensions of the park for recreation and transportation.
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