Parks and Re-Creation

Cipriani 42nd Street, an Italianate former bank turned banquet hall, became an unlikely temple of old-school hip-hop on Tuesday night, at the Gordon Parks Foundation’s annual gala. Twenty of the 177 rappers who participated in an iconic group photograph taken in Harlem by Parks in 1998 gathered for an awards dinner. They included Fab 5…

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A Hotel Bar With a (Gay) Twist

Hotel bars may be as ubiquitous as A.T.M.s these days, but how many cater specifically to queer patrons? No Bar, which opened in February at the Standard hotel in the East Village, is one. In addition to the usual gay bar trappings (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party and bingo night), it also hosts speed dating…

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