January 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm EST | by Staff reports
Fire Island nightclub, businesses sold
Fire Island, Pavilion nightclub, gay news, New York, Washington Blade

The rebuilt Pavilion nightclub in Fire Island Pines, N.Y. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

FIRE ISLAND PINES, N.Y. — The owner of a New York hotel on Jan. 22 purchased the majority of a predominantly gay Fire Island community’s commercial district.

The New York Times reported that Ian Reisner, who owns the Out NYC on Manhattan’s West Side, purchased the Pavilion nightclub and other properties along the Fire Island Pines harbor front for $10.1 million at an auction.

“My idea for the Out was to have a place for LGBT, because we didn’t have that at the time,” Reisner told the newspaper. “The Pines is the Out.”

Former journalist Andrew Kirtzman, Seth Weissman and Matt Blesso purchased the property in 2010.

A fast-moving fire in November 2011 destroyed the Pavilion and several other businesses that include the Sip-N-Twirl nightclub.

Kirtzman, Weissman and Blesso rebuilt the businesses that reopened before Superstorm Sandy devastated wide swaths of Fire Island in October 2012. The three men placed the property on the market last fall for $25 million.

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