Kevin, my co-worker in the RDNY.com Listings Dept, watches NY1 TV all the time and saw a TV report today (June 25, 2008) that said that Brooklyn has the city’s largest gay community and the 4th largest in the whole country.
This is from the NY1 website:
According to the borough president’s office [Marty Markowitz], Brooklyn now has the largest gay population in the city and the fourth largest in the country. Opening a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender center is in the works. The planners for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center say 25 percent of same-sex couples in the city live in Brooklyn, mostly in Park Slope.
Perhaps that’s why Brooklyn had its 2008 Gay Pride parade last night while Manhattan’s won’t happen for 4 more days (June 29, 2008).
I’ve been to many Gay Pride parades in Manhattan and here’s my advice: stand on the west side of Fifth Ave. The parade starts at noon but it really gets going when the later contingents strut in the afternoon. That’s when the shade will fall on the west side of Fifth, and trust me, you’ll enjoy the marching bands much more when you’re not swooning from the sun and heat on the east side of Fifth.
The RDNY.com office at 101 Fifth Ave is a great spot to watch Manhattan’s parade, by the way. We’re on the 4th floor and we have very large windows that look over Fifth Ave and they open, plus we (and the 3rd floor) have a ledge for the brave youngsters to sit on. (Photo courtesy of Oto Gillen of Property Shark.)
I watched the 2007 Gay Pride parade from our office windows and it was really fun. Unbeknownst to me until tonight, my family scheduled some get-together for Sunday, but too bad. I have plans for Sunday. This year, I’m bringing my baton. I do a mean windwheel and I can catch a toss as high as a 2-story house.
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