June marks the beginning of Gay Pride events around the world. Part party and part commemoration, Pride festivals take place in the five boroughs from June through July, giving all New Yorkers the chance to celebrate, see and be seen. Whether you prefer the cozy atmosphere of Brooklyn Pride, the neighborhood vibe of Queens Pride or the blow-out mardi-gras that is New York City Pride, you have simply got to get your rainbow on. Straight, gay or in-between, here are the places to get tee-shirts, accessories and head-to-toe outfits that shout your colors to the world. After all, closets should only be for clothes, so let’s go shopping and join the party.
207 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-0591Rainbow Station specializes in toys you won’t want to share with your kids, but also carries a wide range of T-shirts, costumes and rainbow accessories from socks to caps for men and women. This is the place to get your boyfriend some sexy lingerie or small leather novelty items to enjoy pre or post-Pride
140 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY 10011
www.universalgear.comIf your perfect Pride outfit tilts more towards chic and less towards sparkly, UG is calling your name. Patrons come for the major sales on chinos, twill summerpants and shorts. Affordably-priced, leather messenger bags and belts are top sellers. Universal Gear is a great resource for gifts, too. An extensive selection of skin care products and men’s colognes won’t break the bank. And for those with an unending sweet tooth, this is the place to get the World’s Largest Gummy Bear in a prideful range of colors.
Le Petit Puppy
18 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
www.lepetitpuppy.comNew Yorkers in the know get their puppy love from rescue shelters, but dress their doggies like divas all year round. Pride is the time to let your furry friends strut their stuff in style. Le Petit Puppy dresses the toy set in uber-chic rainbow tee-shirts, bandanas, Eva Gabor style collars and leashes gorgeous enough to double as belts for their human companions. You can even get your pooch groomed while you’re there so that you both look your best at the Pride festivities.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.