Fire Island Opera Festival Opens Tomorrow

Author: , August 22nd, 2013

Fire Island Opera FestivalFire Island proves that it’s more than just fabulous circuit parties, all-night T dances, and days lazing on the beach with its annual Fire Island Opera Festival that transforms the beach community into a world-class cultural attraction from August 23-25.

The three day festival has a number of of “warm up” events, but the festival culminates with a production of L’arbre Enchante (“The Magic Tree”) to be staged in the newly rebuilt Pavilion nightclub on August 24 and 25. The festival is the brainchild of theater and Opera director, Edwin Cahill, and music director, Bradley Moore.

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Video – Getting to Fire Island

Author: , June 7th, 2013

Fire Island Pines videoJust got wind of this sexy new video on getting to Fire Island Pines for Pride – or whenever this summertime. Passport reports:

You’ve smelled that Fire Island seduction all the way from SoHo and you’re ready to make your gay pilgrimage, but where to start? Our boys are here to whisk you away to hedonist’s heaven in 11 easy steps. What are you waiting for? Pack your weekender and get out of town!

Sounds like fun… can we catch a ride with these guys?

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Rebuilding the Pavilion in Fire Island Pines

Author: , May 25th, 2013

you tube bigAfter burning down a couple years ago, the Pavilion at Fire Island Pines is literally rising from the ashes. Queerty reports:

While the iconic Fire Island Pines Pavilion will miss the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day, it will return to its former glory by summer thanks to the work of a dedicated community. Here, Matt Blesso, Founder & CEO of Blesso Properties; Tony Fornabaio, Director of Entertainment; and Matthias Hollwich, Co-Founder of HWKN share the story of the Pavilion’s reconstruction.

The builder has released a video that details the project.

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Fire Island Pines Pavilion to Reopen By Memorial Day With a New Sound

Author: , April 6th, 2013

you tube bigAfter being destroyed by a fire several years ago, the Fire Island Pines Pavilion will reopen in time for summer. GayCities reports:

We had a moment to kiki with one of the folks working on getting Fire Island Pines ready for summer 2013. We got a lot of good dish from her, some of which we can’t share yet because it hasn’t been finalized. But we can reveal that the Pavilion, destroyed by fire in 2011, is ready to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend. (The Blue Whale and Canteen will be opening even earlier, on April 19.) New York super-promoter Tony Fornabio (XL Nightclub) has been brought in as director of programming, and his goal is to bring back some of the classic sounds that made the Pavilion legendary.

Anyone have memories of the old Fire Island Pines Pavilion you want to share? See the construction here:

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The Inside Scoop on Fire Island

Author: , June 11th, 2012

Fire Island, New YorkFlaming Fire Island is the top LGBT resort destination in New York. A thin barrier island off the coast of Long Island, gay and lesbian travelers flock here in droves every year for respite from the hustle and bustle of NYC. This small barrier island off the south coast of New York’s Long Island is home to two thriving gay resort towns: Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines.

The two communities each have their own vibe: The Pines feels a lot like New York’s Chelsea: pretty party boys and gay professionals; the Grove is more diverse and down to earth (and attracts a younger AND an older crowd). Between the two towns is a small strip of forest affectionately known as the “meat rack” – just about one of the most vibrant places on earth. Be sure to get a feel for the pace of things once you are there, almost everyone follows the crowd from low tea to high tea, from dinner to dancing.

All you need to do is ask a friendly passerby (or at least a cute one). The best part is that getting here is half the fun: take the Long Island Rail Road to Sayville, a shuttle bus to a 30 minute ferry ride and walk from there. There are no cars on Fire Island, just wooden boardwalks and people pulling little red wagons full of their groceries. There is no better place to soak up some local flavor!

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More Previews of the Planned New Fire Island Pavilion

Author: , June 6th, 2012

In late May we posted images of the new Pavilion planned for NY’s Fire Island Pines. As you know, the old one was gutted by fire last November.

Blogger Markatlarge, who posted rumors this spring about the potential sale of Fire Island Properties, has been slipped some drawings for what the architects have envisioned for the rest of the property, and it includes increased hotel space, a restaurant which hovers over the boardwalk, and what look like performance or fitness spaces, plus plenty of cascading steps for people watching.

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New York: Fire Island Pines Pavilion to Be Rebuilt by Summer 2013

Author: , June 6th, 2012

Fire Island PavilionHard on the heels of a devastating fire last November, Fire Island Pines has unveiled dramatic and far-reaching plans for the rebuilding of the legendary Pavilion dance club, developed by FIP Ventures and designed by New York architects HWKN (Hollwich Kushner).

“Although the new building will have the same envelope and mix of uses as its predecessor, the similarities end there,” says Matthew Blesso, developer and managing partner of FIP Ventures.

“The Pavilion will be in context with other Pines architecture. It will be made of wood and be modern and casual, yet bold and iconic. It is the first thing visitors see when getting off the ferry, and we’ve envisioned it to be the heart of the Pines community.”

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Fire Island Pavilion’s Sale Postponed?

Author: , March 21st, 2012

The anonymous blogger MarkAtLarge must have his ear to the ground in Fire Island, because he’s got more scoop about the future of the Pavilion and the remainder of the Pines’ business district.

Last week, Mark posted that Andrew Kirtzman, Seth Weissman and Matthew Blesso of FIP Ventures–which owns the Pavilion, the Canteen restaurant, the Blue Whale and more than three-quarters of the commercial space in the harbor area–were looking to sell.

Rumor had it Kirtzman was committed to rebuilding the Pavilion and adjoining areas after November’s fire, but that his more conservative partners got cold feet and just wanted to cash in their chips.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Harborfront Inn, Greenport, Long Island

Author: , February 27th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Long island Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Harbourfront Inn, Greenport, Long island, new YorkWelcome to the Harborfront Inn, a beaufitul boutique hotel on Long Island’s North Fork, with thirty five guest rooms, including junior suites and the remarkable seven hundred sf Terrace Suite.

Each of our guest rooms is stylishly designed with custom furnishings and artwork, and includes many amenities for your luxury and comfort.

The Harborfront Inn has thirty five oversized guest rooms, including five suites. Each large room, averaging four hundred square-feet, is decorated in warm earth tones that complement our custom-built cherrywood furniture. Most of our rooms have private balconies offering fantastic views of Peconic Bay, Greenport Harbor, Shelter Island and Mitchell Park & Marina.

Each of our guest rooms offers flatscreen TV’s, CD players. high speed internet, goose-down comforters, refrigerators, and safes for your valuables. Our bathrooms include designer fixtures, limestone vanities, above-counter sinks and wall mounted faucets, stone-tiled walls and floors and shower enclosures with five adjustable massaging body sprays.

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Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast, Long Island, New York

Author: , November 7th, 2010

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast, Long Island, New York

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Long Island Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Shorecrest B&BThe Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, surrounded by the waters of the Long Island Sound and an inlet of Shelter Bay, sits atop a beautifully landscaped acre of perennial flower gardens with hammock, fish ponds and lounge chairs to relax in overlooking both. It’s two private beaches, one on the Long Island Sound and the other on the inlet are available to guests.

Our beach on the largest inlet on the North Fork, the Arshamomoque is a great spot to launch kayaks, canoes or paddle boards. Our Long Island Sound beach is less than 500 feet from the Inn, accessed by a private path and a favorite spot to watch the sunset, relaxing in Shorecrest’s own Adirondack chairs with a bottle of wine.

Built in the mid 1800’s as a summer home for a wealthy family, the Inn retains all the original grandeur and charm of those days with 10 foot ceilings, detailed moldings and woodwork and room height windows framing views of sky and sea.

The Innkeeper’s lifetime collection of antique furniture and textiles fits right in and guests enjoy a four course gourmet breakfast in the elegant dining room in Victorian style surrounded by period antiques, Venetian glass, fine art and vintage china and silver. Add to this the friendliness and great conversation provided by our interesting guests and you could not find a better way to start your day of adventure in one of the most beautiful parts of New York State’s Long Island than breakfast at the Shorecrest!

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