The Big Apple said "I do" to a new era of gay rights this morning and celebrated New York City's first same-sex weddings.
Chelsea residents Phyllis Siegel, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85, got hitched at the marriage bureau on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan at 9:02 a.m., setting off wedding bells across Gotham.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, witnessed the ceremony that was officiated by City Clerk Michael McSweeney.
''It was just so amazing,'' said Siegel, who has been with her love for 23 years. ''It's the only way I can describe it. I lost my breath and a few tears.''
She added: ''This is the first day of the rest of our lives.''