Unfortunately we couldn’t make it out to the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant last night in Gowanus, which is seriously regrettable not only because it was the annual man fest’s very first year in Brooklyn, but also because it sounds like people went buck at this thing. We got in touch with “Rev” Jen Miller to make sure no “bro douchebags” showed up, but all social media indicators pointed to the pageant being a wild success. “The showing was enormous,” Rev Jen wrote in an email to B+B today. “You build it and they will come although at least 45 minutes late due to the R train.”
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This year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen might well be remembered as the year Mr. Lower East Side left the Lower East Side. The annual pageant cum notorious raunch fest and queer extravaganza celebrating the male form in all its sweaty, smelly, hairy glory, now in its 16th year of existence, was originally scheduled to happen in January at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. But the show was cancelled at the last minute due to the “fun police,” according to event organizer “Rev.” Jen Miller (also the operator of our favorite Troll Museum). Thankfully, the good people at the Lucky 13 Saloon reached out to Rev. Jen and offered their space for the annual event.
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You may not know his name(s) but you definitely know Matthew Silver, aka the Great Performer, aka the Village Idot, aka the Man in the White Dress, aka this year’s Mr. Lower East Side. He’s the crazy-eyed carrot-top who strips down to a speedo in Union Square and terrifies tourists by playing with props like a rubber chicken and an ostrich costume, all the while promoting the “wackadoodle love movement.”
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