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New York 2018-05-24T13:32:22+00:00

What makes New York City a fantastic gay destination? Just about everything. It is composed of five boroughs covering 300 square miles, but with so much to see and do within the 23 square miles called Manhattan, most visitors sadly don’t have time to walk or cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge or visit the outer boroughs. (You could make a terrific vacation out of Brooklyn and Queens alone!) What are you looking for when you visit NYC? Art? Cultural diversity? Restaurants? Architecture? Street life? History? Theater? Nightlife? Bars? Parks? Waterfront? Gayborhood(s)? A hot date? NYC wants to place first in every event, offering visitors the best of everything from bagels to bars.

Gay NYC has expanded from its epicenter, the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village where gay liberation was born with the riots of 1969. Currently, there are large gayborhoods in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, but it is becoming more common to see same-sex couples holding hands everywhere, including the sidewalks of the fashionable Upper West Side Lincoln Center neighborhood. Washington Heights, Harlem, Jackson Heights, Park Slope and Bushwick have growing gayborhoods that are well worth researching and visiting. Keep in mind that assimilation – the by-product of legalizing same-sex marriage – means that gay New Yorkers are comfortably and openly living in a variety of neighborhoods beyond that very gay stretch of the West Side between Greenwich Village and Columbus Circle.

The result of assimilation is that all of New York City is gay!

Traditional gay ghettoes such as Greenwich Village are now home to an influx of straight residents. This transition to healthy assimilation involves some growing pains. For example, on the north side of West 28th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, complete demolition gave way to a massive complex of high-end condos. Across the street is the venerable leather bar, The Eagle, with its open-air and boisterous roof top terrace. Also, that block is home to the annual Folsom Street East festival in which a huge crowd of folks in fetish gear and various stages of undress celebrate their life style. The condo developers protested the bar and the festival, trying to get rid of them in order to make their condos more appealing. They were very surprised to hear from their buyers that both The Eagle and Folsom Street East ought to be allowed to remain. Real New Yorkers don’t have the kind of sexual hang-ups assumed by those developers. That said, soaring New York City real estate prices have meant the closure of a number of gay businesses that could not remain solvent while managing the escalating rents.

How has the prevalence of social apps like Grindr and Scruff impacted NYC as a gay destination? Just ask the undisputed crown of downtown, Michael Musto, who tells me, “There are more gays than ever in NYC, and there’s more queer theater than ever. Only the nightlife is hurting, mainly because no one goes out to get laid anymore. They do it via their phones, so the clubs have lost their sexual urgency. The result is a couple of dozen small bars, but they’re valuable for schmooze time and fun drag shows. Occasionally the patrons will even look away from their phones.” When I asked Musto if he thought gay NYC would vanish, he said, “Vanish? With throngs of gays everywhere in NYC, and dozens of bars, and tons of gay culture? Chicken Little much?”

Every New Yorker has their own short list of special places they want to share with visiting friends and family. My list includes

  • the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, the nearby Shakespeare Garden, the Ramble and the Bow Bridge, all in Central Park.
  • The Leslie-Lohman gay art museum,
  • The Christopher Street Pier, for the eye candy in summer
  • the bike/running promenade along the Hudson River from the 79th Street boat basin up to the George Washington Bridge,
  • the Highline, a beautifully transformed stretch of abandoned elevated steel train bed that snakes through midtown-west and is now lush with flowers, trees and benches,
  • the ferry from Wall Street’s Pier 11 to Redhook in Brooklyn (free if you make a $10 purchase at the IKEA store where the ferry deposits you!) This ferry ride gives you an incredible view of the Statue of Liberty, the bridges and skyline of Manhattan, and Governor’s Island. You’ll also get to tour the shops and galleries of trendy Redhook.
  • the 9/11 Memorial
  • a few moments in front of the Stonewall Inn.
  • I often walk my guests north from Columbus Circle to the Lincoln Center Fountain and then through the trendy shops of Columbus Avenue to the famous Dakota building on 72nd Street, and into Central Park’s Strawberry Fields to see the John Lennon memorial where someone is always playing guitar and leading an impromptu Beatles sing-along.
  • Combine a tour of The Cloisters with lunch at Bette Midler’s New Leaf restaurant, both in Fort Tryon Park. The restaurant is a 1930 Rockefeller building designed by the Olmsted brothers.

Mentioning Lincoln Center reminds me that you should always check their calendar while planning your trip. Throughout the warmer months there are many free performances, concerts and events in the plazas of Lincoln Center. Afterwards, walk across the street to Boulud for alfresco or indoor dining. There’s a café, bar, restaurant and Épicerie all named Boulud at that location. Examine the menus or the gourmet take-outs before making your choice. Not cheap but worth it.

Bars and restaurants? The choices are endless. Tell your host or concierge what you like and be assured you won’t be disappointed. Some of the restaurants I often recommend require a reservation while others do not. My favorites are often too crowded to receive me. Not to worry. I have discovered some of my favorite restaurants by looking around for a nearby alternative when the place I had targeted told me the wait for a table might be an hour or more. Being adventurous often earns you a memorable dining experience. I’ll also confess that in NYC, when I am exploring parts of the city that are unfamiliar to me, I’ll often check out Google maps, Yelp! or Trip Advisor for nearby recommendations. I take those ratings with a grain of salt, but I like the fact that they allow me to review menus and photos while deciding which to try.

When you are deciding how to get around, do not be afraid to ride the subway. It can be confusing, but a very helpful app, “itrans NYC,” will let you know when your train will arrive and which lines might be experiencing delays or rerouting. If you need info while in a subway car, do not hesitate to ask any rider. Ask one, and five others are sure to chime in. New Yorkers love to give directions and assistance. There is always someone who speaks your language, and it’s a great way to make friends with the locals.

If you choose to rent a bicycle – and I think you should – be sure you follow the rules of the road. Stop for traffic lights and watch out for pedestrians who very often step into designated bike lanes. Did you know that in Manhattan a cyclist has the right to use a full traffic lane? Cars cannot demand that you pull over to the side. That said, be careful when you are on a bicycle. The number of cyclists in Manhattan is growing rapidly, but so is the number of injuries. And no, you can’t ride that bike on the sidewalk. You can ride your bike on the roadways in Central Park where a six-mile loop will allow you to see the whole of it. You’ll dismount frequently to walk your bike onto paths that lead to gardens, lakes, meadows and promenades.

New York is the city that never sleeps, and no matter how long or short your visit, you probably won’t either.

–Tony Adams

Featured Hotels

Element by Westin Times Square West
311 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
212-643-0770
elementtimessquare.com


Westin NY Grand Central

212 E. 42ndStreet
New York, NY 10017
212-490-8900
westinnewyorkgrandcentral.com


Paramount Hotel New York

235 W 46th Street

New York, NY 10036

212-764-5500

nycparamount.com


Row NYC

700 8th Avenue

New York, NY 10036

212-869-3600

rownyc.com


Algonquin Hotel — 59 W. 44thStreet, NY, NY 10036  //  212-840-6800

Americana Hotel — 69 W. 38thStreet, NY, NY 10018  //  212-840-6700

Chelsea Inn — 46 W. 17thStreet, NY, NY  10011  // 212-645-8989

Chelsea Mews GH — 344 W. 15thStreet, NY, NY 10014  //  212-255-9174

Chelsea Pines Inn — 317 W. 14thStreet, NY, NY 10014  //  212-929-1023

Chelsea Savoy Hotel — 204 W. 23rdStreet, NY, NY 10011  //  866-929-9353

Colonial House Inn — 318 W. 22ndStreet, NY, NY 10011 //  212-243-9669

Courtyard by Marriott—1033 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10018 //  212-768-0007

Dylan NYC, The — 51East 41st Street, NY, NY 10017 //  212-338-0500

Evelyn Hotel, The — 7 E. 27thStreet, NY, NY 10017  //  212-545-8000

Fairfield Inn by Marriott New York Times Square — 330 West 40th Street, NY, NY 10018  //  212-967-9494

Four Points by Sheraton Midtown Times Square — 326 West 40th Street, NY, NY 10018  //  212-967-8585

Hilton Manhattan East — 304 E. 42ndStreet, NY, NY 10017  //  212-0986-8800

Hotel James No-Mad — 22 East 29th Street (at Madison Ave.) NY, NY 10016  //  212-532-4100

Hotel at Times Square — 59 W. 46th Street, NY, NY 10036  //  212-739-2300

Hotel Pennsylvania — Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10001  //  212-736-6000

Kimberly Hotel & Suites — 145 E. 50thStreet, NY, NY 10022  //  212-702-1600

Skyline Hotel — 725 10thAvenue, NY, NY 10019  //  212-586-3400

Travel Inn, The—515 W. 42ndStreet, NY, NY 10036  //  212-695-7171

Tryp by Wyndham Times Square South — 345 W. 35th Street, NY, NY 10018  //  212-600-2440

Washington Jefferson — 218 W. 51stStreet, NY, NY 10019 //  212-246-7550

Wyndham Garden Inn — 37 W. 24thSt. NY, NY 10010  //  212-243-0800


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art
26Wooster St, NYC
212 431-2609
www.leslielohman.org


Put this at the top of your list. Created by its founders to preserve LGBTQ identity and build community, the Leslie-Lohman delivers artistic achievement from a queer perspective. The exhibits are always provocative. Their newly expanded space is an LGBTQ cultural hub.
Check their calendar for events at their second location, PROJECT SPACE, 127-B Prince Street, NYC..


9/11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St, Manhattan
212-266-5211
https://www.911memorial.org
Remembering and honoring the 2,983 people killed in the attacks of 9/11/2011 and 2/26/1993, and those who risked their lives to save others. The Memorial is free. The museum is ticketed.


One World Observatory


One World Trade Center,
285 Fulton St, Manhattan
844-696-1776
https://oneworldobservatory.com
On levels 100, 101, and 102 of the 1,776 foot One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory™ provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters.


Discovery Times Square

226 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
http://www.discoverytsx.com

Discovery Times Square (DTS) is New York City’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history, and events. More than a museum, Discovery Times Square is the destination for discovery through unique and immersive exhibits in New York. Here, events epic and rare come to life by connecting you to the greatest human stories ever told. Intelligent, exciting, and moving – it’s the experience that counts. DTS has featured a renowned line-up of exhibitions including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii: The Exhibit, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, The Art of the Brick, Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Exhibition, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, Body Worlds, The Viking Exhibition and most recently, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.


Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall Terminal
Whitehall Street, Manhattan
212-839-7061
www.siferry.com
This free half-hour ride gives you great views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

18 W54th St, Manhattan

(212) 708-9400
https://www.moma.org
MoMA is the largest platform for contemporary art in the USA. Admission is free on Friday evenings! Seen it all? Want more? Visit their second location in Queens:
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY


Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
212-423-3500
www.guggenheim.org
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this is the round museum with the iconic coiled ramp. Committed to innovation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures. Also located in Venice, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Broadway/Columbus Ave between 62nd & 66th Streets
www.lincolncenter.org
212 875-5456
Dance, music, film, opera, theater, and festivals! A dazzling complex of performance spaces and exhibits. Year-round indoor and outdoor events. You must consult their calendar when planning your trip. Stroll the plaza and its gorgeous fountain, or get take-out across the street at Boulud for your picnic in the Barclay Grove by the Henri Moore and Alexander Calder sculptures.


Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St
212-535-7710
https://www.metmuseum.org
Real New Yorkers may lose their driver’s license but never their Met membership card! It gets you express entrance, previews, special hours, discounts and guest passes. Tourists who do the math often find membership worth the cost. The Met Fifth Avenue presents over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods. Since 1880, its footprint in Central Park has grown to more than two million square feet. You’ll never see it all, and don’t miss its two other locations: the MET Breuer on Madison Ave at 75th St, and, The MET Cloisters in Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. (See why that membership is a bargain?)


Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Liberty Island, NY
212-363-3200
https://www.statueoflibertytickets.com
One ferry excursion gets you to both. Research your family history at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Ferries Depart from NYC’s Battery Park or Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ


The Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher Street, NYC
212 488-2705
This is where PRIDE began.
In the heart of historic gay Greenwich Village.

Take a moment to stand where the courageous rioted and marched to make you free.


Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St, NYC
212-570-3600
www.whitney.org
Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney’s new building increases its exhibition and programming space, providing the most expansive view ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.


Top of the Rock
50th St between 5th & 6th Ave
877-692-7625
https://www.topoftherocknyc.com
Best elevator ride in NYC! The multi-level observation decks have stunning panoramic views. Timed or unscheduled ticketing.


Times Square/Theatre District
Times Square Visitors Center
1560 Broadway, between 46th & 47th St
https://www.timessquarenyc.org/whats-happening
New Yorkers may say “No, thanks” to its crushing crowds, but it’s on your bucket list, so be careful with your valuables, and spend a few minutes at the center of it all where the lights are always bright. Plan your visit to Times Square to include a Broadway show.


The High Line
http://www.thehighline.org
212 500-6035
Rusty tracks have become a lush urban paradise. The brainchild of a gay NYC couple, the High Line is a public park built on an abandoned freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.


Red Hook Ferry/IKEA

https://www.nywatertaxi.com/ikea

New York Water Taxi runs a daily shuttle from Wall Street’s Pier 11 in Manhattan to Brooklyn’s IKEA! Free on weekends. On the water, you’ll have fantastic views of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island. During the week, if you spend at least $10 at IKEA, you get $5 off your bill, covering your ferry trip ticket! Take some time to explore swiftly gentrifying Red Hook and the Gowanus Canal while you are there.


BROOKLYN

Branded Saloon -603 Vanderbilt Ave

Club Langston – 1073Atlantic Ave

Ginger’s Bar- 363Fifth Ave

Metropolitan – 559boomer St


CHELSEA

Barracuda -275 West22ndSt

Boxers NYC 37 West 20th St 212-255-5082

Eagle NYC, The – 554 West 28th St

GymSportsbar-167 Eighth Ave


EAST SIDE

Eastern Bloc-505East 6thSt

Nowhere 322East 14th St

Phoenix Bar -447East 13th St

The Boiler Room -86East4thSt

The Cock -29 2nd Ave

The Toolbox NYC -1742 Second Ave

The Townhouse Bar -236 East 58th St

Uncle Charlie’s Piano Bar & Lounge-139 East 45thSt


HELL’S KITCHEN

9th Avenue Saloon -656 9thAve

Barrage – 401 West 47th St

Boxers HK 742 9th Ave 212-951-1518

Escuelita-301 West 39th St

Flaming Saddles Saloon – 793 9th Ave

Industry -355 West 52nd St

Posh- 405 West 51stSt

The Ritz -369 West 46thSt

Therapy-348 West 52nd St


WEST VILLAGE

Cubbyhole 281 West 12th St

Julius -159 West 10th St

Marie’s Crisis -59GroveSt

Monster, The- 80 Grove St

Pieces – 8 Christopher St

Rockbar NYC -185 Christopher St

Stonewall Inn -53 Christopher St

The Duplex -61 Christopher St

Coming Soon!

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Adult Entertainment/Products

Antiques/Collectibles

Art Galleries

Auto Rental

Automotive Service/Repair

Banks/Investments/Mortgage/Financials

Bicycle Sales/Service/Rentals

Cards & Gifts

Catering

Clothing (Men’s)

Coffee Shops

Confections/Chocolates/Baked Goods

Custom Picture Framing

Delicatessens/Speciality Foods

Event Space

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
323-860-5200 / aidshealth.org


The Center, The LGBT Community Center

208 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011
212-620-7310  /  www.gaycenter.org

Where everyone is celebrated for who they are.  The Center is the heart and home NYC’s LGBT community, providing programs for health, wellness and community connection.

More info coming soon

Coming Spring 2018…

Barracuda -275 IV 22nd St

Blue DVD, The -165 8th Ave

Blue Store -206 8th Ave

Boxer’s Bar -37 W. 20th St

Chelsea Savoy Hotel-204 West 23rd St

Chelsea Square Restaurant – 368 W 23rd St

Colonial House  378 W 22nd St

Eagle Bar- 554 W. 28th St

East of 8th Restaurant/Bar-254 W 23rd St

El Cid-1748th Avenue

EFOR-1688thAve

Four Points by Sheraton- 160W.25thSt

Gym Bar 1678th Ave

Holiday Inn Mahattan 125 W. 26th St

Liberty Travel Chelsea 743 6th Ave

Rail Line Diner, The-400 West 23rd

Rainbow Station 207 8th Ave

Restivo ‘s Restaurant – 209 7th Ave

Starting Line, The-180 Eighth Ave

Steel Gym -146 West 23rd St

Universal Gear 715 9th Ave

West Side Club 27 W. 20th St

Wyndham Garden Hotel 37I W 24th St

east side-upper/lower

BoilerRoom, The 86 East4th St

Carlton on Madison Avenue, 88 Madison Ave

Cock NYQ The -29SecondAve

East Side Club – 227E 56th St #402

Evolve 221E 58th St

Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel -687Lexington Avenue

Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel -141 East 44thSt

Gem Hotel -SoHo, The -135 East Houston St

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art-26 WoosterSt

Lips-227E 56th St

Mary Ann’s Mexican Restaurant-1503SecondAve

Nowhere -322 East 14 th St (First Ave)

Phoenix  447East 13th St

St Giles Hotel Tuscany New York-120 East 39th St

Thompson Chemists 8 Cosmetics ■137 Thompson St

Tool Box -1742Second Ave

Westin New York Grand Central –

hells kitchen

9th Ave Saloon -656 9th Ave

Arrow Pharmacy -883 9th Ave

Atlas Social Club – 753 9th Ave

BPM-512 W 42nd St

Barrage -401W 47th St

Boxers HK 742 9th Ave

Comfort Inn Midtown West – 442 W. 36 St

DBL/Double Bar -667 10th Ave

Fairytail Lounge ■500 W. 48th St

Gem Hotel Midtown West 449 W. 36th

Gossip Bar & Restaurant ■733 9th Ave

Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St

New Yorker Hotel Ramada Plaza4818th Ave

Out NYC, The -51OW. 42nd St

Poulette-790 Ninth Ave

TAGG-7209th Ave

Therapy-348W.52ndSt

Vinyl Bar 754 9th Ave

Washington & Jefferson Hotel 318 W 51st St

MIDTOWN/TIMES SQUARE

Algonquin Hotel -59W. 44th St

Courtyard Times Square South ■114W.40thSt

Hotel Mela-120W. 44th St

The Hotel at Times Square – 59 W. 46th

Novotel-226 IV 52nd St

Shadow Boxers-275 W 40th St

Wingate Inn Manhattan Midtown byWyndham-235 W. 35th St

west village

Boots/Saddle – 76 Christopher St

Cowgirl 519 Hudson St

Cubby Hole, The 281W 12th St

Hanger Bar, The-115 Christopher St

Henrietta Hudson ■438 Hudson St

Julius-7591V 10th Street

Lamore 113 Christopher St

Leatherman -111 Christopher St

London Boutique – 84 Christopher St

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St

Monster Bar-80 Grove St

Pieces – 8 Christopher St

Rock Bar -185 Christopher St

Stonewall – 53 Christopher St

Ty’s-114 Christopher St

Village Apothecary – 346 Bleecker St

Village Den – 22 W. 12th St


Premier Transportation Services

214-351-7000 / premierdrivesglobal.com

4525 Production Drive

Dallas, TX 75235

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