You Were Warned

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PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Weather forecasters had warned of thunderstorms, but instead the afternoon was sunny and felt tropically humid. Perfect for the 18th annual Folsom Street East festival, held Sunday, June 21. Celebrating “the rebellious spirit” of the “kink and fetish scene,” the block party this year billed itself as “the New York you were warned about.”

Proceeds from the event, held on West 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues In Chelsea, benefited the New York City Anti-Violence Project, whose goal is to put an end to violence against the LGBT community, and Visual AIDS, an arts organization that supports the work of artists living with HIV/ AIDS.

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