Drag’s popularity has skyrocketed lately. What was once underground, fringe, or special occasion entertainment (beat it, bachelorettes) is now ubiquitous at bars and restaurants across the boroughs. Drag even has the ability to turn seemingly straight-slanted spaces into fabulous queer havens.
Even beyond New York, the art form has hit the mainstream. A VH1 representative tells me the last season of RuPaul’s Drag Race was the “most watched and best season ever for the franchise,” with a 109% increase in viewership. RuPaul’s DragCon (think Comic-Con, with gender-bending) made its New York debut at the Javits Center last fall, and returns with an additional day of festivities this September.
Before you return to Paris Is Burning or Drag Race reruns, get off the couch and see some of the best drag performances in NYC. Be a good spectator and bring singles (of both types) for tips.