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By Robert Levine
  • Rose’s View: Pool Parties in the Pines

    Rose’s View: Pool Parties in the Pines

    By Robert Levine A sea of pool parties were running simultaneously on Aug. 24 in the Pines, and all were going swimmingly. Liberation, hosted by Jon Tilli with VIP brunch and Stoli party. Hudson Taylor, president of Athlete Alley, spoke about her division, and how they educate youth in the LGBTQ community. Sara Leavitt also spoke about her division, Open ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

    Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

    By Robert Levine On May 31, 1959, fire destroyed the Botel, which was owned by Peggy Fears, an ex showgirl. John Whyte, a former billboard model, bought the property and rebuilt it. The new Botel became a worldwide destination for the gay and curious. Early on people from Broadway, Hollywood, and the fashion world bought houses here including Tommy Tune, ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

    Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

    By Robert Levine Lamda Legal held their major annual Fire Island fundraiser at the home of Todd Sears. Todd has been a host and co-host for the past 20 years. He welcomed all, then introduced this year’s co-host, David Aldea. He then introduced Richard Burns, who is presently CEO of Lambda, replacing Kevin Cathcart, who held the position for the ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: The Rainbow Invasion

    Rose’s View: The Rainbow Invasion

    By Robert Levine The Pines Harbor was overflowing with excitement, yachts, boats, noise, cheering, horns sounding and everyone celebrating an event that has become as important to Fire Island as July 4 in America. The people were shoulder-to-shoulder as we walked from the water taxi to the dock. I had to squeeze my way through all that to get to ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

    Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

    By Robert Levine Daniel McDonald, a favorite past resident of the Pines, moved to Orlando with his husband, Trent Williams McDonald. He worked as a real estate salesperson in the Pines for many years, and was a major performer in many FIPAP musical productions through the years, “La Cage aux Folles” among others. He reprised his roll recently as Georges, ... Full StoryREAD MORE »