The Urban Bear
The Urban Bear
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Hibernation season is over!


 

 

the 9th annual

urban bear nyc

may 18-21, 2017

 


 

"Since Urban Bear first hit the city in 2008, Gotham’s bear scene
has evolved from gay nightlife subculture to mainstream—beards are practically required in NYC gay bars these days—and the ursine movement shows no sign of slowing down".
 

—TIME OUT NY

 

 

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schedule of events

To submit an event TO URBAN BEAR, contact rvalin@theurbanbear.com


 

THE urban bear nyc
kick-off party

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THURSDAY, MAY 18

Known for quite possibly the best burgers in NYC and its friendly, extended Happy Hour, this West Village landmark (and NYC's original gay bar) plays host annually to all the Beefy Boys arriving in town. Flavor Savors of all kinds highly encouraged! 

Julius' Bar & Grill   159 West 10th Street @ Waverly Place   6:00pm   juliusbarnyc.com 


BEAR INVASION:
HIGHLINE & THE WHITNEY

FRIDAY, MAY 19

Join us for a collective stroll down The Highline, NYC's famous elevated park, followed by an informal, unofficial  "Invasion" of the Whitney Museum at its breathtaking new digs in the heart of the MeatPacking District. The Whitney invites you to Pay-What-You-Wish on Fridays from 7–10 pm, and a little cultcha wouldn't kill you.

The HighLine 
MEET at 34th street entrance at 12th avenue  6:00pm  Free

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM 
99 Gansevoort Street (at Washington Street)  7:30pm  


THE
ünderbear party

FRIDAY, MAY 19

Wear your sexiest skivvies to this jam-packed manly panty party featuring furry fellows and tons of flesh. Cheap drinks, DJ Jerel Black and a clothes check all contribute to a sweaty good time.
 

Rockbar 185 Christopher Street 10pm  $10

rockbarnyc.com


BEARS ON BIKES

SATURDAY, MAY 20

May is Bike Month!
What better way to celebrate than with a troop of hot men in tight shorts cruising down Hudson River Park. We’ll take in the sights, grab some grub then head over to the grassy lawns of Battery Park for an impromptu picnic—Bear style. 
Bring your own wheels or rent them on the fly with Citibike, NYC’s bike share program.


Meet at Citibike Station, corner of West 14th Street at 10th avenue  11:00am


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GRIZZLY GUZZLER

SATURDAY, MAY 20

The Urban Bear takes over NYC's original gay sports bar for this high octane, gear encouraged, afternoon Drink-Up.  
Take one for the team! 

GYM SPORTS BAR  167 8th avenue   2pm  free

gymsportsbar.com


HONEY
THE URBAN BEAR BALL

SATURDAY, MAY 20

 

Urban Bear’s signature roving dance party returns for an XXL night of thumping, bumping and grinding in celebration of Urban Bear NYC.
DJ Bill Pfeiffer packs the house nuts-to-butts with lovable lumberjacks, brawny boys, hirsute hipsters, go-go bears and other XXL surprises.
Not to be missed!

space ibiza   637 west 50th street   10pm   $30 door

purchase $20 advance tickets here

LIMITED OFFER!
The first 100 people to enter promo code 'HONEYBEAR' at checkout will receive an additional $10 off ! 
 



the 9th annual

Urban bear NYC
street fair

Sunday, MAY 21

Hosted by Ms. Ermine Muff      MUSIC: DJ CHANCEY D
A portion of the proceeds to benefit NEAT, the National Equality Action Team


The Main Event! Join thousands of the hottest bears, cubs and friends at this old-school street party and open air Fur-Fest in the heart of the Meatpacking District featuring The Brass Monkey’s Beer Garden, incredible food, artists, dancing, community groups, entertainment and more!


Little West 12th Street between Washington Street & 10th Avenue (enter at Washington St.)
1:00-6:00pm   

rain or shine   $15 suggested donation



URBAN BEAR NYC
closing night party

ROCKBAR
MEGA beAr blast

Sunday, MAY 21

The Official Urban Bear Closing Night Party
Toss back some cheap suds and work on that sexy beer belly (and maybe even a few others) at RockBar, NYC's super friendly, furry and frisky Bear Den

Rockbar 185 Christopher Street  6:00 pm   Free

ROCKBARNYC.COM


 
 

celebrating
COMMUNITY

special thanks to photographers Gustavo Monroy & Lontano Paposo

To request removal of an image from this gallery, please email rvalin@theurbanbear.com

 
 

urban bear
CREW

 
Robert Valin, Executive Producer A third-generation New Yorker and voiceover artist for radio, film and television, Robert is a lover of bears and creating community. In addition to running Urban Bear, he is a Certified Coach specializing in personal growth and LGBT business development (bearcoach.com). His long celebrated party Bears Night Out NYC takes place the first Saturday of each month at Rockbar.

Robert Valin,
Executive Producer

A third-generation New Yorker and voiceover artist for radio, film and television, Robert is a lover of bears and creating community. In addition to running Urban Bear, he is a Certified Coach specializing in personal growth and LGBT business development (bearcoach.com). His long celebrated party Bears Night Out NYC takes place the first Saturday of each month at Rockbar.

Stephen Kurowski, Stage Manager Having worked in theater for more than 28 years as both a Stage Manager and Production Manager, Stephen has been Urban Bear’s Stage Manager since its very first year. He is also the Production Director for NYC's Annual Village Halloween Parade.  When not working with the bears he is Production Manager for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and can often be found at Disney stealing candy from small children. 

Stephen Kurowski,
Stage Manager

Having worked in theater for more than 28 years as both a Stage Manager and Production Manager, Stephen has been Urban Bear’s Stage Manager since its very first year. He is also the Production Director for NYC's Annual Village Halloween Parade.  When not working with the bears he is Production Manager for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and can often be found at Disney stealing candy from small children. 

Deb 'Mama Bear' Williams, Fair Coordinator Deb—aka “Mama Bear”— is a Bear-ish Leather Woman. In addition to coordinating Urban Bear’s awesome annual street fair, she’s a social worker, spiritual and gospel singer, occasional writer, and most recently completing her training as an End-of-Life Doula. In her spare time, you’ll find her geeking out on Science on Youtube… Yup, that’s how she rolls.

Deb 'Mama Bear' Williams,
Fair Coordinator

Deb—aka “Mama Bear”— is a Bear-ish Leather Woman. In addition to coordinating Urban Bear’s awesome annual street fair, she’s a social worker, spiritual and gospel singer, occasional writer, and most recently completing her training as an End-of-Life Doula. In her spare time, you’ll find her geeking out on Science on Youtube… Yup, that’s how she rolls.

 
DJ Chauncey D Social Media Coordinator; DJ Urban Bear Street Fair A sound selector for just about every gay bar in NYC, DJ Chauncey D has provided the soundscape for Urban Bear's Street Fair and Folsom Street East and is also a producer of the New York Dance Parade each May. He now enjoys a residency at the legendary Stonewall Inn and lends his talents to countless fundraisers and causes. His marketing savvy has extended from events on Fire Island and companies increasing their brand visibility through his patented social media maverick style.

DJ Chauncey D
Social Media Coordinator; DJ Urban Bear Street Fair

A sound selector for just about every gay bar in NYC, DJ Chauncey D has provided the soundscape for Urban Bear's Street Fair and Folsom Street East and is also a producer of the New York Dance Parade each May. He now enjoys a residency at the legendary Stonewall Inn and lends his talents to countless fundraisers and causes. His marketing savvy has extended from events on Fire Island and companies increasing their brand visibility through his patented social media maverick style.

DJ Bill Pfeiffer DJ Honey, The Bear Ball DJ Billy Pfeiffer has been a long-time contributor to the Urban Bear parties throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. A fixture in NYC since the 90's, he began mixing records during the heyday of Chicago House in the late 80's and has been nonstop since. He continues to bring the party at his current residencies at the Eagle NYC, Rockbar Sunday Beer Blasts, and his 7-year deep house party Body Rock! At Rockbar.  Check out his Urban Gardens, Inc. label page on Soundcloud for some of mixes he's done for the Honey party over the years! 

DJ Bill Pfeiffer
DJ Honey, The Bear Ball

DJ Billy Pfeiffer has been a long-time contributor to the Urban Bear parties throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. A fixture in NYC since the 90's, he began mixing records during the heyday of Chicago House in the late 80's and has been nonstop since. He continues to bring the party at his current residencies at the Eagle NYC, Rockbar Sunday Beer Blasts, and his 7-year deep house party Body Rock! At Rockbar.  Check out his Urban Gardens, Inc. label page on Soundcloud for some of mixes he's done for the Honey party over the years! 

 

 

 

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