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Exclusive | New York City: Where to Play/Meet Part Six

Exclusive | New York City: Where to Play/Meet Part Six

Clubs continued...

Josh Wood and DJ Larry Tee bring Bank at Element (225 E. Houston St., at Essex St.; 212-254-2200; or, the Saturday place to be (but closed for the summer, as everyone important is out on the island anyway).

Now that the Roxy's no more, promoter John Blair holds court for the circuit crowd at Saturdays at Avalon (47 W 20th St., at Sixth Ave.; 212-807-7780).

"Gay pimp" Jonny McGovern hosts Boys Gone Wild at Mr. Black (643 Broadway, at Bleecker St.; 212-253-2560), a fun "frat boy go-go party."

The city's best black gay party is Charles Jackson's Club Warehouse (95 Leonard St., btwn Broadway & Church St.; 212-465-3232;), spinning house, hip-hop, R&B and reggae. BEST 4: SUNDAYS Almost no one calls it that, but the official name of Erich Conrad's long-running gay glitterati gala is Cuckoo Club at Hiro Ballroom (Maritime Hotel, 371 W. 16th St.; 212-727-0212; or

The just-launched Manhattan arm of the long-running San Francisco mixed house music institution, Devotion NYC at Shelter (150 Varick St., at Vandam St.) drops every other Sunday.

Everything's cheap, from the boys to the booze to the beats at Hot Mess at Porky's (55 W. 21st St., btwn Fifth & Sixth Aves.; 212-675-8007).

British bear bash XXL comes Stateside once a month or so for XXL NYC at Element (225 E. Houston St., at Essex St.; 212-254-2200; or, a transatlantic Sunday tea dance.

A thrillingly bewildering array of options attest to the existence of an energetic, innovative and vibrant women's scene in New York. Unlike many cities where women are relegated to Thursday and Sunday night slots, both Friday and Saturday have upwards of 15 alluring options to tantalize Sapphic socialites. Be sure to call the Shescape hotline (212-686-5665) for information on their occasional but always happening parties.

The Village Voice called Snapshot at Bar 13 (35 E 13th St., at University Pl.; 212-979-6677; or the "best rocker dyke party" in the city.

Nikki's Remix at Club Remix (24 Murray St, btwn Church St & Broadway; 718-207-0969) is known for its diverse and friendly female crowd, and it just nabbed GoNYC's award for best go-go dancers.

Offering "three floors of the hottest women in NYC," GirlNation at Nation (12 W 45th St., btwn Fifth & Sixth Aves.; 212-391-8053; or is an established weekly girl fave.

Wanda Acosta hosts chic gal affair Starlette Sunday at Orchid Lounge (500 E 11th St, btwn Aves A & B; 212-254-4090; or, boasting one of the city's most gorgeous mixed/femme clienteles.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six

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New York City: Introduction
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New York City: Where to Eat
New York City: What to See and Do
New York City: Where to Shop
New York City: Neighborhoods
New York City: Resources

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