Seeking Bigger Space, the ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Relocates to Brooklyn

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 at 5:05 am by

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Matthew Silver, the 2014 Mr. Lower East Side

In an unfortunate but not altogether surprising twist, the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant will no longer be held in its namesake neighborhood. At least for this 16th iteration of the show. To Brooklyn it goes like everything else of eclectic nature these days.

The show’s organizer, elf-ear-wearing Reverend Jen Miller, intimates that the name will remain despite the change of neighborhood. She explains the jaunt across the East River into Gowanus via Facebook:

Sadly, the infamous Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, which was originally scheduled for January 31st at Cake Shop was cancelled at the last minute due to the “fun police” and fear of penile exposure. So in a bizarre turn of events it’s moving to Brooklyn! This is OK, given the Lower East Side is a state of mind and frankly, the Lower East Side can suck it, as all creative activity has been exiled from the neighborhood due to greedy landlords.

So, save the date – February 23 at Lucky 13.

The Mr. Lower East Side shenanigans have bounced around the area during its tenure, most recently setting up shop in the basement of Cake Shop. A space too cramped for a decent vantage point of penis.

Much of the reasoning for the change in venues is attributed to size. “I needed a really big venue because every year the show gets more popular,” RevJen tells us in an email. “The venues here are almost always too small.”

Plus, RevJen notes that she didn’t want to risk any fines with over-capacity at Cake Shop and further plunge the club’s woes into the negative.

As for the possible of return – “The Pageant could move back if the LES gets its head out of its ass.”

Good call.

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