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N.Y. to get 'first' gay hotel

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  July 21, 2011 11:25 AM

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A New York developer is planning to open what it's calling New York City’s first gay hotel, THE OUT NYC. Now obviously there have been other hotels in the city that could fairly be referred to as "gay hotels,'' so what makes this one different?

"What makes THE OUT NYC a gay hotel is the comfort level and tailored amenities for the community,” said Ian Reisner, managing partner Parkview Developers, the company behind the project.

Plans call for the complex, situated on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th avenues, to include a 105-room boutique hotel,11,000 square foot XL NIGHTCLUB, and a café and restaurant called KITCHEN.

The nightclub is expected to be completed first and is slated to open in the fall of 2011. This part of the project has been guided by John Blair and Beto Sutter, who gained attention for creating the Saturday night party at The Roxy. The club will feature an LED wall, two dance floors, and a stage.

Developers plan to complete the hotel and restaurant sometime in 2012. The complex, which will also feature a 5,000 square foot wellness center, will offer various types of function space to accommodate smaller parties as well as large events and weddings. Parkview officials say they are hoping to benefit from New York's recent decision to sanction gay marriages.

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