I used to hook up there up until a few years ago. Lots of "straight" married guys and others on the DL looking for NSA fun. I saw more wedding rings than the Diamond District LOL. As the weather gets warmer, I've been thinking about going back. Something so hot, animalistic and dangerous about doing it outdoors. I think we all know that the thrill of being caught is a huge rush. So what's the scene like?
The CDC is watching and taking notes of the homosexuals' behavior in the wild.
The devasted 80's
You're a whore, darlin'.
And god have mercy on anyone dumb enough to say "the Rambles".
Our furtur inroads to equality means that these old behaviors will go way.
OP, can't you just use the 3rd floor men's room at Macy's like everybody else? Why do you have to be different?
Where exactly is the Ramble in the park? What streets would border it?
R3 "Our furtur inroads to equality means that these old behaviors will go way."
Go away? Why in the world would we want quick anonymous sex to go away?
The Ramble is a shamble and the Bramble in a gamble.
[quote]"I always went there to relax, meet other gay people, talk. To have sex? Not me. Anyway, I met Gerald as he was walking back from Sunday services—his brother is a Baptist minister, and Gerald still tithes, you know. It may sound corny, but it was love at first sight. We've been together for twelve years."
[quote] I think we all know that the thrill of being caught is a huge rush.
Not to mention the fear of being robbed.
isn't it against the law to be in the park at night?
[quote]isn't it against the law to be in the park at night?
Central Park is it's own police precinct.
The Central Park precinct has the lowest crime rate of all the precincts in NYC.
I swear I remember someone being arrested for being in Central Park at night..that there was some kind of Curfew ?
The Central Park cops patrol the Ramble frequently to prevent gays from hooking up. If you seem to be just hanging around, they can (and do) arrest you for loitering.
R14, you're probably thinking of the arrest of CNN reporter Richard Quest. The official charge was loitering, but once he was arrested, all the seedy details came out...
OP, it's really not worth it anymore. Trust me...
R15, why is Ben's name signed? Was he in the Rambles when he was caught kissing that guy?
"Scene", OP? You really think there's a, "scene", there?
What about Strawberry Fields? Are there really strawberries there?
There was a blind item, about ten years ago, concerning a well-known comedian who was caught on his knees by a cop in the Ramble. According to the B.I., he then serviced the cop and was sent on his way. There was one name that was mentioned above all others.
R19--another comedian was a guest on Stern and referenced that incident by doing in the Ramble comedian's voice. it was shoxking that he was so blatant.
Well who did he imitate, R20?
well, who the hell was it???
R19 and R20, who was it? Full disclosure.
Why not just say who the comedian is?
I never did the Ramble, but the wooded area around Fort Tryon Park was GREAT in the late 90s. Then all the activity suddenly stopped.
[quote]If you seem to be just hanging around, they can (and do) arrest you for loitering.
Well what the fuck is a park for?!
In NY I guess it's primarily views for CPW and 5th Ave. co-ops. God forbid anyone should want to sit down on a bench or go for a leisurely stroll...
NYPD: What are you doing in the park?!
Citizen: Relaxing and getting some fresh air.
NYPD: Put your hands behind your back. You're being charged with loitering in a park!
OP is clearly Dick Button, drawn to datalounge by our figure skating thread.
Rendezvous in the Ramble
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By Doug Ireland
From the July 24, 1978 issue of New York Magazine.
Picture Central Park—without a sailor, Picture Mister Lord, minus Mister Taylor.
—Cole Porter's "A Picture of Me Without You," 1935.
The west side of that 30-acre section of Central Park known as the Ramble had a reputation as a homosexual meeting ground long before Cole teased his friends at private parties with this suggestive lyric. But though Central Park at night—any part of the park—is dangerous, the gay ghetto that is the Ramble is perhaps the section most fear-ridden. Gangs of toughs—teenagers and the macho middle-aged, usually drunk, occasionally including a couple of off-duty cops—roam the Ramble at night, engaging in an old American pastime: fag bashing.
You don't have to be gay. You don't have to be exposing yourself. You don't have to be doing anything except walking through the tangled darkness to be abused, shoved, threatened at knifepoint, kicked, and beaten.
the Ramble never gave me any trouble--no cops, no gangs--but I only went there a couple of times.
What's Van Cortlandt Park up in the Bronx like? I heard that it's very cruisy. What kind of guys go there? Married types or blatinos?
You guys are CRAZY! I know a number of guys who were assaulted there, one of whom had his leg broken and barely dragged himself out to CPW to get rescued! No way, not me.
Last I knew, Central Park has a 1 AM curfew. In fact, I was walking through the Park one night maybe 5 years ago; and: I have lived in NYC since 1980, and for a long time I worked on one side of the Park and lived on the other; and I either walked or biked through the Park, often late at night; and I've never been afraid of the place; I like the Park at night, not because of sex, but because I grew up in the woods and I like the woods and I'm not afraid of them in the dark.
So anyway there I was walking out of the Ramble, and a cop stopped me and asked what I was doing there, and I had no idea there was a curfew, and he wrote me a ticket.
The link is to a story about a reporter who got arrested in the Park in 2011 for breaking the curfew. He's a straight guy, so he says.
The cops clearly assume that if you're a guy and you're anywhere near the Ramble and you're not out running, you're a homo looking for sex.
It seems to me a form of entrapment, and total bullshit. But there you are.
so then just go to the ramble before 1am problem solved.
I still don't understand why the cocksucking comedian whose name was mentioned the most has to remain anonymous here, of all places. I mean, nothing typed in the DL ever leaves the DL.
I think there was buzz at the time that the comedian was Joe Rogan from Fear Factor.
Hasn't that culture of sneaking off to a secret place where gays gather to have sex died out now that a) homosexuality isn't so shameful and b) you can use the internet to easily hook up? I don't really know why anyone would creep out into the woods in the dark anymore.
Dark woods are fun!
Don't be so prissy.
No, it was Jerry Seinfeld.
Jerry Seinfeld in the Rambles?? I missed that episode of "Seinfeld".
AIDS op. Also, it's immoral to sleep with married men
If you're in the park and a cop wants to give you a ticket and you don't have any ID on you what happens? Can't you just give a fake name and address and throw the ticket in the garbage?
This is why they hate us. Get the fuck out of the park - it's 2013 for crying out loud.
The internet has certainly put a dent in public cruising. Why is it more exciting? I think you could compare the difference between cruising and going through internet ads to that between fishing and waiting for a bite, and buying a filet in a grocery store.
To people who say "they hate us because we cruise in public," I'd say they hated us anyway, wherever we had sex. Otherwise you wouldn't have laws that dictated what a couple could do in the privacy of their own home. Yes there are some folks who aren't very discreet and once in a while someone does get caught with their pants down, but on the whole the whole point in choosing cruising areas is that there is ample warning and privacy. That means ease for the participants, and (mostly) cluelessness for those who aren't looking. Every once in a while there is some expose about shocking sex in a campus bathroom because someone happened to see some action; compare that with the hundreds of cocks sucked in these places every week and the number really is pretty minimal. In Holland they actually recognize one park as a heavy cruising park (Amsterdam's Vondelpark) and there's a peaceful coexistence.
The Ramble is now very straight.
Married men are real stinkers...
no, it isn't
WEHT Jerry Seinfeld's cop friend from the Ramble?
Since it was so well-known as a gay hook-up site, do the cops patrol day and night?
Kitty, I'm not outdoors! No, I'm calling you from the office! And... hold on...
(Shit, do either of you guys have an extra dime?)