The 2020 Folsom Street East block party, which was scheduled to take place this coming June in New York City, has been canceled, according to an email announcement sent by the organization today (March 25, 2020)
The event’s official website is here
As the year comes to a close, it is nice to reflect upon those we have lost. Among them is the beloved Andrew Harwin, who was a longtime leather activist, a member of Delta and the Chicago Hellfire Club, and one of the organizers of New York City’s annual Folsom Street East.
Andrew died in May of this year, and on Sept 28, a beautiful gathering was held at the LGBT Community Center here in New York to celebrate his life. The service was lovingly organized by his friend Matthew and attended by dozens of people whose lives Andrew touched over the years — many of whom wore leather and/or club colors. Andrew’s own well-worn vests, adorned with his patches from CHC/Inferno and Delta, were hung for all to see. A photo collage and objects from Andrew’s home were also set out. A portion of a video interview with Andrew was shown, and a musician played some of Andrew’s favorite music, on soprano saxophone and flute. Several participants read poetry. The celebration concluded with a champagne toast.
Movingly, a number of people who knew Andrew particularly well shared their thoughts and feelings, and even more stories began to flow during the open sharing portion of the afternoon. So many had stories and anecdotes to share. We laughed, we cried and we reflected upon the life of our beloved friend.
Andrew Harwin, who died recently, was a member of Inferno, Delta, GMSMA and many other organizations. He was one of the organizers of the popular Folsom Street East block party here in NYC. There will be a memorial service for Andrew on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the LGBT Community Center in New York. It will be a wonderful opportunity to reminisce, to connect with those who knew and remember Andrew, and to help celebrate his life.
Andrew Harwin died today.
Andrew was a wise and spiritual man who was generous with his time and attention. He had many friends.
He was one of the organizers of the popular Folsom Street East block party and fund-raiser here in NYC. He was a member of Inferno and of Delta.
I got to know Andrew many years back when we served together on the board of GMSMA (Gay Male S/M Activists). I knew him as hard-working, kind, friendly and thoughtful.
Andrew was a longtime survivor of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He bravely battled so many health crises over the years that I thought he would outlive us all.
He is going to be missed.
Folsom Street East will celebrate 22 years of gear, kink, fetish and all around in-your-face deviance for this year’s New York City Fetish Weekend, including four days of events culminating in the annual Street Festival, on Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
This is going to be an extra special Folsom Street East because it is the weekend before World Pride!
The theme of this year’s Folsom Street East is S.L.U.T.S. Fantasies Fulfilled. (“SLUTS” stands for Sex, Love, Unity, Trust and Safety.)
The mission of Folsom Street East is to celebrate and inspire participation and pride in fetish, kink and LGBTQ communities through the creation of safe spaces for public expression of sexual identities. Folsom Street East promotes and provides grants to other nonprofit organizations serving these communities.
They need volunteers to help run the event. It’s a great opportunity to get involved!
Official website here
Advance tickets here
Check out BoundMike at Folsom Street East — he got locked in a set of Irish 8 rigid handcuffs. He is also wearing a Noke padlock on a chain around his neck and, and a metal cock cage!
You can look BoundMike up on Recon. He’s also showing off a postcard for the New York Bondage Club.
Speaking of the New York Bondage Club, be sure to check out their after-Pride party this coming Sunday (June 24) after the parade!
And this Sunday they will have a jail cell and puppy cage!
The New York Bondage Club says:
It’s our best party of the year. We start immediately after Folsom Street East. FSE is NYC’s leather, kink and fetish community’s only street festival. Visit the street fair between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., then come to our after party and get into lots of play!
This week for our FSE After Party we will have a special extra room open for our party. Jail cell, puppy cage, spread chairs, more benches and a nice vibe for play. You get to play in all our regular spaces and the extra room. Here are a few pics of some of the equipment in that room:
For those who have never been, the New York Bondage Club is NOT TO BE MISSED!
Click HERE for more information.