For gay men in New York City, summer often means one thing — Fire Island! And after two years of pandemic restrictions and delays, Fire Island Pines is gearing for its return to a fully active summer.
Its boutique Hotel is already taking reservations. The Pines Gym has been upgraded with a new tent and equipment including two Peloton bikes and is currently open. Pines Bistro and The Canteen are revitalizing their menus. The island’s world-famous nightclub, The Pavilion, will be opening soon. Sip N Twirl, CAMP & Pines Pizza are open
“We are working full speed to make sure this is an amazing season on the Pines,” says PJ McAteer, Managing Partner of the Pines, adding that while mandates have been lifted, the island is proceeding cautiously, keeping a close eye on rising cases. He wants everyone to feel secure and free from danger when visiting Fire Island Pines — noting that Fire Island Pines built its reputation as being a completely safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community.
With its lush foliage, white sandy beaches (850,000 cubic yards of additional sand was recently added), beautiful modern architecture, and miles of wood plank boardwalks, the island served as a refuge for young men to take each other’s hands and help each other explore their natural inclinations.
“Fire Island Pines rests on the shoulders of its LGBTQIA+ forefathers and foremothers who fought tirelessly for the protections and rights that we enjoy today,” says McAteer. “We celebrate them. It is why every day on Fire Island Pines is gay Pride.”
About 55 miles east of Midtown Manhattan, a trip to FIP is close to two-hours on the Long Island Railroad [from the Sayville train stop, travelers board busses to the Fire Island Pines ferry.] Those planning trips to Fire Island Pines this summer should book accommodations immediately. Most houses on the island have already been rented for the season, but “finding a house is not impossible,” says PJ McAteer, “openings do pop up!” He advises checking with the realtors on the island for last minute cancellations. A limited number of accommodations are also still available in the island’s boutique hotel.