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The Boiler Room

Opening Hours
Today: 3pm–4am
86 East 4th Street
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Randy Weinberg, who does not identify as queer, did not mean to open a gay bar when he founded the boiler room. However, he knew he wanted to preserve the bar as such when members of the LGBTQ+ community claimed it as a hangout. For the first eighteen months after it opened, the Boiler Room teetered on the verge of closing. "I thought it was going to fail miserably, but after being open a little more than a year and a half, the success came in like a tsunami."

Randy credits the bar's longevity to its welcoming atmosphere where people of all backgrounds can come and relax. They also do their best to keep the drink prices below seven dollars, and they sell their own vodka labeled "4th & Pride." The setup is reminiscent of a living room and intentionally reproduces an at-home, comfortable feel. Randy calls this a "safe energy."

The Boiler Room's commitment to providing a sanctuary for people of all genders and sexuality has not wavered. To this day, the team still donates five percent of its proceeds to organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

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Pageant Print Shop’s entirely glass storefront bordered by light blue is instantly eye-catching and proudly displays the treasure within. Inside its bright, buttercream interior, an immense assortment of old prints and maps line every wall and fill neatly-labeled display racks. This sanctuary of beautiful historical pieces was created by Sidney Solomon and Henry Chafetz in 1946. It was originally one of the many second-hand book stores on Fourth Avenue, an area that was then known as “Book Row. ” Now under the leadership of Sidney’s daughters, Shirley and Rebecca, Pageant Print Shop primarily sells old prints and is thriving at its current 4th Street location. Having worked with historic pieces her whole life, Shirley knows how to get the best prints. She has amassed her impressive collection from antique book auctions as well as other various sources that she has built up over the years. Roger, who has been working at Pageant Print Shop for over a decade, told Manhattan Sideways that “what we are looking for are old books with the bindings broken that are really not in very good shape on the outside, but still have good quality prints, maps, or illustrations on the inside. ” Although they search for old books based on the contents within, the shop also sells the old bindings for creatives looking to make decoupage and other fun art projects. Pageant Print Shop is definitely a fixture in the East Village, and in the words of Roger, is “one of those neighborhood jams. ” They enjoy “a loyal group of people that have been coming here for eons, " tourists looking for something authentically New York City, and neighborhood people walking by. He told us that newcomers are often “surprised that they are able to buy a piece of history, ” and return for more of their authentic, beautiful, and historic prints. Pageant Print Shop is unique in its extensive, high quality, and affordable selection. Roger affirmed that “It’s going to be hard for you to find someone who has this kind of a collection at these kinds of prices — it’s just true. ”