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New York: Fire Island Pines

A July 1995 trip to Fire Island by kylebarber

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New York: Fire Island Pines

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Overview

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Fire Island is considered by many to be the pinnacle of a gay summer getaway. It is very secluded, almost entirely gay, and highly sexual. There are actually two gay communities on Fire Island: The Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove. Whereas Cherry Grove welcomes both gays and lesbians and has a more diverse population of ages and races, the Fire Island Pines is very much male and similar in demographics to your average circuit party event. The Fire Island Pines has more to offer than a purely carnal and druggy experience, however. Nature lovers will appreciate the green surroundings from the moment they step off the ferry at the Pines' snug little harbor. The beach here is more pristine tha...Read More
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Tucked away inside the Pines Pantry grocery store is a deli meat counter named Peter's Marina Meat Market that will make yummy sandwiches for anyone, but are perfect for the traveler on a tight budget. There are relatively few dining options in the Fire Island Pines, and they are all both pricey and mediocre. Grab a sandwich and drink here to go and head out to the beach, where the real appetizing morsels are out and waiting for consumption.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Encounter

Restaurant

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This fast food snack stop is pretty much passable except if you need an ice cream fix on a warm day. The gym bunnies will also appreciate the healthier options offered, including juices and protein shakes. I guess it was named The Encounter in hopes that hungry passerbys might be encouraged to find love at the counter over a double scoop cone, but I walked away with just rocky road, chocolate chip mint, and an ache in my heart.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Pavilion

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Attraction

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The most happening club on Fire Island, the Pavilion can get quite crowded at night and during the daily tea dance. Inside is a somewhat retro looking dance floor, with balconies above for those who like to watch. Also upstairs is the outdoors patio, which looks out on to the Pines harbor.

Though there is a surplus of beautiful men, it can be challenging to start conversations as many of the guys here are traveling in a pack. Most of the cruising occurs at private house parties, so come prepared to simply enjoy the atmosphere and drinks on the patio upstairs.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2000

Fire Island National Seashore

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Attraction

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While visiting Fire Island is largely about immersing yourself in an exclusively gay world for a few days, its true appeal is the beautiful surroundings that have been designated a national park. The beaches that line both Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines are idyllic and undisturbed, a summer paradise away from New York City choked with tourists. The beach at the Pines is more dramatic, as it has more concentrated wave action pounding its sometimes narrow shore. The flip side is that this community is much more seriously threatened by erosion that causes huge patches of sand and a few summer homes to be periodically swept out to sea. The beach at the Pines is also more cruisey, r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Island Club

Attraction

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The Island Club is open each night for drinks and dancing, making it more of a place to drop by and less of an event than a night out at the Pavilion. It appeals to a diverse group of guys, though sometimes skewing older, who are less likely to be traveling as a delegation from their guest house and therefore more likely to start up a conversation with you. The music is more laid back and varied, and quiet enough that you can still chat with a cute new friend on the dance floor.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

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These two stores are housed in the same building that features the Pavilion and the Island Club, guaranteeing a number of impulse shopper traffic. Raymond Dragon is known throughout the community for his skimpy bathing suits and body hugging lycra clothing. It's only natural that he has an output in the forest wilderness of the Fire Island Pines to keep the boys looking stacked and ready for action. The Loft carries your average sunglasses, beach towels, tanning lotion and umbrellas, along with some not so standard drugstore items like a wide array of lubricants, glow sticks and dog collars.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 9, 2000

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