Each year on the Monday of New York City's Gay Pride Week, the Center (short for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center) hosts its stylish and delectable annual Garden Party. Aside from being the official kick-off to Pride Week, the event is also the nation's only LGBT tasting festival, and one of the Center's most important annual fundraisers. Every year at this trendy Hudson River-side party, many of the city's top restaurants offer up sumptuous selections from their diverse cuisines to more than 2,000 area gay A-listers, making it a must-do on the NYC LGBT social calendar.
2010: Garden Party 27
Nearly 50 of New York City's top restaurants will take part in the 2010 Center Garden Party and offerings will range from the Scandinavian fare of Smorgas Chef to the Spanish tapas of Boqueria to the South African delights of Braai. A silent auction will feature 27 food-themed packages, loaded with goodies and certificates from more than 75 shops, restaurants, and companies.
As it has for many years, The Center's Garden Party will take place on Pier 54 in Hudson River Park. The same site will also host Pride Week's women's dance party on Saturday, June 26, Rapture on the River, as well as the Pride Week closing event the next day, the Dance on the Pier.
Tickets for The Center's Garden Party 27 run from just $85 for one general admission ($75 for Center members) to the $5,000 President's Circle, which includes four VIP Garden Party tickets (including access to a special VIP reception from 6 to 7 p.m.), two tickets to many other annual Center events, and a one-year President's Circle membership.Garden Party 27
When: Monday, June 21, 2010; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Hudson River Park Trust's Pier 54, West 14th Street and the West Side Highway
Tickets: $75 to $5,000
About The Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is the the second largest center of its kind in the world. Over 300 LGBT-themed groups meet here, from social clubs to political activist organizations to community support and outreach associations. 6,000 people pass through The Center's doors each week. The Center is also home to the National Archive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History, dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of NYC's LGBT community.