Edmund White with BGSQD owners Donnie Jochum and Greg Newton. All photos by Lee Brozgol.
“I wanted to call this book ‘Paris Gossip,’ but my editor won’t let me,” Edmund White explains, smiling at a packed house before reading an exclusive preview of his soon to be published Paris memoirs. The renowned author, world traveler and one of the first to write about gay culture candidly and for a mainstream audience, White chose the perfect Lower East Side venue to launch his latest work. BGSQD (The Bureau of General Services Queer Division) is a pop-up bookstore, gallery and event space hosted by Strange Loop Gallery at 27 Orchard Street.
70 Hester Street.
Every old building on the Lower East Side has a few stories to tell. 70 Hester Street has more than most. It was built in 1860 as the original synagogue of the First Roumanian-American Congregation. For the past 45 years, it’s been the home (although in recent years not the primary residence) and studio of artists Thomas Nozkowski and Joyce Robins. Now, the New York Times reports, the building has been sold and its occupants have been given eviction orders.
Allen and Delancey streets. Photo by Bahram Foroughi.
Mostly cloudy today with a high of 36. We might see some flurries around the time the ball drops at midnight. Happy New Year!
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