With one of the world’s biggest queer scene, a rich history of Stonewall and LGBT activism, magnificent gay nightlife and a liberal population who have seen and done it all – New-York was always destined to be one of the world’s great gay cities! It is one of the major destinations for gay travelers
The fabulosity of Gay New-York is unrivaled on Earth, and queer culture seeps into every corner of its five boroughs. Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village – are all bastions of gay life that you need to add to your queer-itinerary for gay travelers. Much like the Manchester’s Canal Street, Le Marais in Paris and Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighborhood, at times it can seem the LGBT community far outnumbers their hetero-counterparts here. This leads to the unusual position of many venues declaring themselves straight-friendly which we are absolutely living for. One thing for sure – it is very welcoming for LGBTQ travelers.
The queer vibes and come-as-your-fabulous-self spirit here infuses your soul with warmth and tempts you to never leave. LGBT community is welcome across the entire city and you should explore beyond these legendary gay neighborhoods. New-York is such an iconic city that the first few days you’re there you walk around wide-eyed with wonder. You even might feel as you are in some gay movie.
This pulsing city has tons to offer gay travelers. It’s steeped in LGBT history and culture and whatever you’d like to do here, you can! You can sample some of the world’s best dining, explore boutique stores, avant-garde museum exhibitions, beautiful parks. Or just spend your time gawking at all the cute gay guys.
If you have ever seen Hunting Season, the steamy LGBT web series set in Manhattan about the romantic and sexual exploits of Alex – it’s exactly like this. So, why not have a little fun…
Another aspect we loved in Gay NYC was discovering a local LGBT community infused with energy, passion and genuine excitement about the future. From gender-bending drag, post-gay nightlife venues, queer arts festivals and one of the biggest Pride Festivals on Earth. There is never a boring minute in this trend-setting city. Performances with their finger on the pulse of global queer culture, or more often setting it.
For just one example, consider the House of Yes parties out in Brooklyn, one of the best things to do in the entire world right now, reviving the gritty NYC party scene with a sensory overload of the weird, wonderful, taboo and exotic. This is one nightlife spot you can let your freakiest freak flag fly! Ever changing, we have tried to capture as much as possible the diversity that Gay New-York offers. From cabaret to clubs to hotel to festivals to arts and more. New York has so much to offer to gay travelers. I doubt you can see it all in just one visit.
Are you relocating?
This guide will help travelers discover the queerer side of the city. However, if you are lucky enough to be considering a move here, we recommend getting in touch with a local gay realtor. They can happily give you no-obligation advice and all the information you’ll ever need to know about your new city. And if you then want their help to find your dream home, you are guaranteed fair, equal, and honest representation. No surprises or awkward conversations necessary!
Attractions in New York City
Naturally being gay travelers does not define which attractions most of us will want to see in each destination. Most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in New York City during the day! We found our favorite memories were enjoying happy hours at energetic cocktail bars, dancing till dawn with our queer family, or exploring the fabulous food and world-class museums on offer here.
If you are ever lost you can head to Brooklyn for a diverse multi-neighborhood experience with gays of all tribes and a smattering of queer watering holes throughout or Queens for lower prices. Fewer tourists and plenty of sexy Latino gogo dancers and dance-centric nightlife.
The West Village is where it all began with historic LGBT venues. Chelsea was the second major gay neighborhood scene in NYC but is slowly dying as gentrification is complete. Moving to the edgier Meatpacking District, now the 21st-century gay epicenter of NYC. The East Village has similar vibes to the East, just grittier, stickier and grungier versions. The Union Square and Flatiron District area all have LGBT ‘spill-over’ clubs and bars that are worth exploring.
No guide to every hope to keep up with every highlight of New York, and you can rest easy in the knowledge there is no way you will ever see or do it all here. It is impossible. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try: so here are just a few of our favorite ideas to get you started…
It would be impossible to present all gay New York can offer to queer travelers in just one article. This is just introduction to series of articles presenting just essential things to do or see in a fabulous gay New York.