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Overnight Inferno Destroys Multiple Buildings in Fire Island's Cherry Grove: PHOTOS, VIDEOS


A massive fire overnight burned a hotel, several homes, and the boardwalk in the central area of Fire Island's Cherry Grove, a summer destination for New York's gay and lesbian community.

News12 reported:

Officials say the first started just before 1:30 a.m. and two firefighters have been hurt. There is no word on the extent of their injuries. A total of 77 firefighters and 12 ambulance personnel took part in the effort to contain the blaze. News 12 Long Island has learned the Grove Hotel was destroyed along with two to three homes. Fire officials say there are some hot spots, but the fire is now considered under control. Officials are asking residents to not come until tomorrow to the area for their safety.


watch News12's video here.




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'Out NYC' Hotel Owner Ian Reisner Pays $10.1 Million for Fire Island Pines Gay Resort

The winning bidder on the Fire Island Pines commercial district which went up for auction yesterday is Ian Reisner, a real estate developer and the owner of the Out NYC hotel. Reisner's bid was $10.1 million, the NYT reports:

ReisnerIn a telephone interview, Mr. Reisner said he, his business partner and a small team of investors planned to spend $4 million over the next 18 months to “renovate and rejuvenate” the property, which includes a hotel, a nightclub, a restaurant, a bar and retail space.

“My idea for the Out was to have a place for L.G.B.T., because we didn’t have that at the time,” said Mr. Reisner, who said he has been visiting Fire Island Pines since he came out as gay in 1989. “The Pines is the Out.”

Mr. Reisner bought the property in a partnership with P.J. McAteer, who manages the Sip-N-Twirl, a nightclub in the Fire Island Pines commercial district.

Full story here.

According to the paper, an opening bid failed to meet the $12 million reserve, and Reisner negotiated the terms privately.

The Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association (FIPPOA) appears to be thrilled with the new owner, writing, on Facebook:

FIPPOA is delighted with the news of the sale of the commercial properties in the Pines and congratulates Ian Reisner and P.J. McAteer for pulling off the purchase. The new owners led by Ian and PJ are long time Pines residents and either Pines or NYC businessmen. This bodes well for the success of the new venture. This is a WIN WIN for the Pines!

Fire Island Pines Gay Resort Hits Auction Block Today; Bids Start at $8.5 Million


The historic and iconic commercial district of New York's longtime gay resort Fire Island Pines, which includes the Pavilion nightclub, several restaurants, a hotel and retail spaces, goes up for auction today in Islip with a suggested starting bid of $8.5 million, less than half of the nearly $20 million it sold for to Andrew Kirtzman, Seth Weissman and Matthew Blesso in 2010.

See the auction page here.

The NYT reports:

Several familiar parties are said to be vying for the property, including the former owner. The sale may be a letdown for Mr. Kirtzman and his partners, but the Pines itself has remained popular even as homosexuality has found acceptance in places like wedding chapels and prime time television, and on beaches from Montauk to Cape May.

“It’s a beautiful, glamorous place, a place that was central to gay liberation,” said Jay Pagano, president of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association. “That’s still very important to the people who lived the struggle, and to the people who benefited from it.”

Among those who have expressed interest in the auction, according to the NYT, is the manager of the adjacent Sip-N-Twirl nightclub, OUTNYC Hotel owner Ian Reisner, and Eric von Kuersteiner, a Manhattan entrepreneur who owned the property from 2003 to 2010.

Stay tuned for news on the outcome of today's auction...

Fire Island Gays Twerk It Out To 'Anaconda' and 'Break Free' - VIDEO


A group of gay Jewish boys got together this summer to twerk their hearts (and other body parts) out to a mash up of two of the season's hit songs, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and Ariana Grande's "Break Free", possibly proclaiming themselves successors to the 'Party in the Fire Island Pines' gays.

Watch as the boys get physical, AFTER THE JUMP...


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'Meat Rack' Between Gay Communities of Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove Scorched by Brush Fire


A large brush fire erupted for two hours on Thursday in an area between the gay Fire Island communities over Cherry Grove and The Pines in an area technically known as the Carrington Tract but known by locals as the "meat rack" because of its history as a cruising area.

Fireboats and 17 fire departments from Long Island, which are required to transit the Great South Bay with equipment because of the lack of roads and proper vehicles in these communities, fought the blaze, Newsday reports:

The wildfire was confined to an undeveloped area and was reported just after 5:40 p.m. and put out just after 7:30 p.m., said a Suffolk County official from the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

Contingents of firefighters from the mainland were ferried in, along with their shovels and brooms, the official said. Those tools were used to rake over the brush in search of embers and to dump soil over any hot spots, authorities said.

In November 2011, fire destroyed the Pines' iconic Pavilion nightclub and several other buildings. They have since been completely rebuilt.

Thursday's blaze was deemed suspicious.

Several residents posted photos to social media.

Watch Newsday's raw footage of the fire HERE.

Nine People Remember the 'Ghosts of Fire Island': AUDIO


The radio documentary Ghosts of Fire Island aired on KCRW's 'UnFictional' program on Friday in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2013. 

Producer Myke Dodge Weiskopf interviewed nine people (eight men, one woman - see photos and intros HERE) who lived on Fire Island at different times from the 1950s to the present day. Each of them bore witness to the island in its glory days and lived through the dark and terrible birth of the AIDS epidemic. Together, they represent the stories and the spirit of Fire Island in the age of AIDS.

It's being reaired on Tuesday, December 3 @ 2:30 P.M. (PST).

But you can listen to the whole program, AFTER THE JUMP...

Find KCRW here.

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