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

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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...


Imagine Yourself on Exotic Exoplanets With These Stunning Travel Posters from NASA: PHOTOS

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Those of you into collectible travel items and/or space travel will probably enjoy these stunning posters NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory created in honor of a few of the exoplanets they've discovered with the Kepler space telescope.

An exoplanet, of course, is a planet orbiting a star other than our own.

NASA's description of the destination featured in the image at the top of this post:

Experience the Gravity of a Super Earth

Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between "Super-Earth" and "mini-Neptune" and scientists aren't sure if it has a rocky surface or one that's buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth's mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger.

And here's another, for the image below:

Where the Grass is Always Redder on the Other Side

Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially 'habitable zone' around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface. Its star is much cooler and redder than our Sun. If plant life does exist on a planet like Kepler-186f, its photosynthesis could have been influenced by the star's red-wavelength photons, making for a color palette that's very different than the greens on Earth. This discovery was made by Kepler, NASA's planet hunting telescope.

All of the posters are available for download in high-res.

For the third and final poster in the series, click AFTER THE JUMP...

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FBI Questions Vine Prankster for Filming in Speedo on Airplane: VIDEO

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French Vine star Jerome Jarre was taken in for questioning by the FBI, after he pulled a prank where he wore a speedo and inflatable pool toy on his American Airlines international flight from Mexico City to Miami.

An alarmed flight attendent called the police after seeing Jarre. Boston.com has a round-up of the prankster's tweets to his fans for help/outcry while he was being questioned by the FBI. In the end, Jarre says the agent questioning him said this was the silliest case he'd ever had to deal with, and Jarre faced no charges or punishment.

You may know Jarre from his celebrity pranks and especially the time John Stamos saw his cheek kiss and raised him a smooch on the mouth.

Below is the video of the would-be prank, and the abrupt shutdown by the flight attendant. I can think of at least two people who might not have been so bothered by the antics.

Video is AFTER THE JUMP...

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An Accidental Bear Week in Provincetown: VIDEO

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Our friend, the SF blogger Accidental Bear (aka Mike Enders), spent a week in Provincetown during Bear Week and chronicled his adventures, which included riding in the dunes, heading to Herring Cove beach, leaping into the water from Captain Jack's Wharf, cooking with friends, building bonfires, collecting beard tips, and biking down Commercial Street to visit with some of the purveyor's of the town's finest baked goods and t-shirts. All-in-all, a pretty perfect week.

With appearances by Brewster McCall, Frank Vasello, Jim Landé, Big Dipper, and Josh Patner.

Enjoy the town with him, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Crisis Averted: Two Planes Almost Crash In Barcelona - VIDEO

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Got a fear of flying? You might want to skip this video. Footage has emerged of two large planes in a near-miss in Barcelona on Saturday. A Barcelona planespotter had a good view of this close-call and didn't hesitate to start filming; the resulting hi-res video is captivating.

Watch AFTER THE JUMP as an Aerolineas Argentineas Airbus A340-300 starts taking off, while a Utair Boeing 767-300 from Moscow attempts to land. Oy vey!

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Hyatt Gives a Homepage Salute to Its LGBT Guests and Employees

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Hyatt hotel group is the latest company to offer up its wishes for LGBT Pride with a nod on its homepage, touting its friendliness to all kinds of travelers:

Throughout the year, Hyatt is committed to the LGBT community and its allies. In fact, we were honored for the tenth consecutive year as one of the few  “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” – a result of our 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign.

We were also the first major hotel company to offer domestic partner benefits and has included sexual orientation in our Equal Employment Opportunity policy since 2000, and gender identity since 2002.

Here at Hyatt we truly believe everyone should be comfortable and proud of who they are, and we welcome you to share with us your pride with #InAHyattWorld.


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