Philly Biker Featured in Out Magazine Spread On New York Gay Bikers Club

gary philly out magazineThe latest issue of Out magazine features a photographic feature chronicling the members of New York City gay bikers organization Empire City Motorcycle Club (ECMC), the oldest ongoing gay all-riding organization in the nation.

Among the riders making an appearance is Philly’s Gary Philly (not his real last name), a member of local leather club Philadelphians MC, who became a full member of ECMC in a year ago this month. His involvement with the group began in 2012, when “I went to ride in the New York City Pride parade as a member of the Philadelphians MC. There I discovered an entire group of guys in a mandatory motorcycle-owning, riding club.”

Gary currently lives in Philly, which begs the question: Is being part of the club worth trucking up to New York on a regular basis? That’s a hike even if you do have motorcycle. But he says it’s the sense of togetherness that keeps him going back.

“It’s the brotherhood of the motorcycle riders in the club. We are a very close group, we support each other throughout the year on and off our motorcycles.”

Gary is the second Philadelphian in the past few months to make it in a national gay magazine. Last fall former G Philly cover model and local choreographer Gunnar Montana appeared on the cover of Instinct.

Check out Gary and the rest of his riding buddies in the Out article, here.

 

All Comcast Eyes on New York

Comcast-TodayIt looks like New York is going to drive a tough bargain if Comcast wants that state’s approval to complete a merger with Time Warner Cable.

We knew that already, but a Sunday editorial in the New York Daily News is urging state regulators there to drive an even harder bargain, noting that other capitals of world commerce — including Seoul, Hong Kong, and even Latvia — have better Internet speeds than what is typically available in New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should demand better, the paper says.

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New York State Is Banning Fracking

In a policy decision that will no doubt be heard in Pennsylvania, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ban fracking in the state. New York has had a de facto ban for several years, predating Cuomo’s administration.

Fracking in Pennsylvania is centered in the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from surrounding states into Western Pennsylvania and Northwestern New York. It was an issue in the governor’s race largely because of Tom Wolf’s push to tax fracking to fund schools.

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Ticket Sales Through the Roof For Bradley Cooper In Broadway’s The Elephant Man

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Bradley Cooper’s turn as the severely deformed John Merrick in the current Broadway production of The Elephant Man is only in previews, but sources are reporting that he’s already pulling in some big-time mula for “The Great White Way.” More from AP:

Broadway’s overall box offices are doing swell business these days, and it’s mainly thanks to two leading men—Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper.

Jackman is starring in “The River.” Cooper is in “The Elephant Man.” They’re still in previews but have become some of the hottest tickets in town.

Jackman pulled in $917,000 at the Circle in the Square over eight shows last week, a sellout performance with the average ticket going for $160. Cooper attracted $520,000 for just four sold-out shows. His show’s average ticket came in a hair more at $163.

The Broadway League’s numbers show last week’s total Broadway haul from its 35 shows was $27.6 million, or $2 million more than the same week last season and about $4 million than last week.

The Elephant Man officially opens on December 7th at New York’s Booth Theatre for a 14-week run. Get tickets here.

Starr Exploring New York Real Estate with Peter Serpico

Photo via Starr Restaurants

Photo via Starr Restaurants

Eater alerts us to an interview with Stephen Starr on Grub Street. In it, Starr talks about El Vez NYC and his future plans for New York, including a potential collaboration with Peter Serpico, who Starr first brought from New York to Philadelphia.

Serpico was David Chang’s right hand man and the former chef at Momofuku Ko in New York where he won a James Beard Award. He then partnered with Stephen Starr to open his own restaurant last year on South Street in Philadelphia.

The pair are still shopping for New York real estate so any Serpico NYC is still a ways off.

Stephen Starr on El Vez and the Cutthroat World of Restaurant Real Estate [Grub Street via Eater]
Serpico [Foobooz]

Stephen Starr Opening El Vez in NYC Tomorrow

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On Friday, April 25th, Stephen Starr is opening his New York City version of El Vez. The 190-seat bar and restaurant is opening at 259 Vesey Street, in the Battery Park City neighborhood. The menu has been developed by executive chef David LaForce, who also has worked at the Philadelphia location of El Vez and a Starr task force that includes James Tracey, the culinary director for STARR Restaurants and chef Dionicio Jimenez of Starr’s El Rey.

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