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Apr 27 2019
Michael Fesco, Creator Of Gay Spaces In NYC, On Fire Island Dies @ 83 Comments (0)

24fesco-diptych-jumbo(L) Fesco at a '70s party, and (R) as a dancer (Images via Estate of Michael Fesco)

Michael Fesco, the man behind such gay spaces as the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove on Fire Island, Flamingo in Soho and the Sea Tea gay cruises, died April 11 in Palm Springs, his friend Tony Powell confirmed. The cause was not given.

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Fesco, who had been a Broadway chorus boy, was so taken with NYC nightlife he decided to provide a more exclusively gay version, a vision that was successful for him and memorable for a generation (or two) of gay men, many of whom were seeking escape during the tumultuous birth of the modern gay-rights era and then from the scourge of AIDS.

Fesco debuted on Broaday in 1958 in Goldilocks, and his love of dance fared him well in his gay business ventures, which were marked by innovative use of music.

There is no information on his survivors, but he certainly left countless Facebook friends and fans: