New York's Newest Day Care Center for Gay Men Is Now Open For Business
Here's your first look at The Out NYC, New York's first-ever "straight-friendly" hotel, which opened this past weekend after a rainbow ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
Our full review of the hotel is coming later in the week, but we thought we'd share this snapshot of the hotel's interior courtyard, which is lined with astroturf, framed by funhouse-like mirrors, and dotted with over a dozen brightly colored beanbag chairs.
At first, we found this cute. Then, upon realizing our room faced directly onto the courtyard, we started to feel a little exposed. No music, no bar, no scene—just an eerily quiet, slightly exaggerated looking playpen. And then we were welcomed with a packet of gummi bears (packaged in a plastic mini hard hat, to apologize for the ongoing construction). Quickly, we realized we'd arrived at New York's newest daycare center, dressed up like a hotel.
Now, we admit this impression is partially due to the sterile new-ness of everything—the slightly chemical smell of new paint, new floors, new windows. But that feeling of being on display also manifests itself in the colors, the layout, and the design. We almost expected someone to come around telling everyone to go have nap time, followed later on by snacks and a story.
Of course, we're going to give this place a little time to find itself. After all, it's only just come 'out.'
Be sure to read our full review later in the week, and drop in any thoughts and impressions