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New York City

New York at a Glance

If you combine the best the world has to offer of art, music, finance, fashion, theatre, and dining; shake gently and pour – you have the island of Manhattan (much better than the whiskey drink!). And that’s just one of the five amazing boroughs in New York City.

Known around the world for its incredible energy, natives hustle and bustle past skyscrapers of awe inspiring architecture – but don’t look up while walking, it reveals your tourist status and increases your risk of running face first into things. Don’t miss all the other masterpieces NYC has to offer: culinary excellence that has put many chefs on the global map, theatre that sets the bar for the entire entertainment industry, museums full of defining art history moments – and it’s home to sports fanatics who pass the love of the game on through their gene pool!

With so much to do, you’re gonna have to pace yourself to keep up with the city that never sleeps. Boasting more than 50 gay bars, clubs and nightly events throughout the multi-borough gay-borhoods, there’s something for every taste to keep you entertained all night long (and if you’re lucky, maybe even treat you to breakfast the next morning). You can party ‘Sex and the City’ style, class it up with some ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ soirees, or have a back-stabbing good time with your ‘Gossip Girls’. But no matter what you do, just make sure to raise a glass in homage to the Stonewall Inn, where riots in 1969 began the Gay Rights Movement we know today.

So much of The Big Apple is intertwined with world history and culture that people feel like they know it without ever having set foot there. But according to Liza – the real thing is always “Top of the List, King of the Hill and A-number one”!

Where to Stay


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

6 Columbus is a European-style boutique hotel on Columbus Circle and Central Park West in the heart of Midtown.
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Manhattan’s new luxurious 100-room boutique hotel 60 Thompson. We are located in the Fashionable Soho District convenient to Midtown and the Financial… more

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A luxurious hotel for guests seeking a stylish residential ambiance and gracious service 70 park avenue is ready to be your home away from home in New… more


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The Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel is located in the heart of Chinatown. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast daily…. more


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THE BRYANT PARK IS THE LEADER AMONG NEW YORK*S LUXURY DESIGNER HOTELS LOCATED JUST ONE BLOCK FROM 5TH AVENUE AND TWO FROM TIMES SQUARE. FROM THE MOMENT… more


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The 32-story smoke-free hotel offers 244 updated rooms and suites meeting rooms new dining facilities and a renovated Fitness Center and the Marriott… more


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The Hotel Consists of a Total of 220 Rooms On 13 Floors of Which 20 Are Suites. The Spacious Lobby Area Offers a 24-Hour Reception a Hotel Safe a Cloakroom… more


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This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

The GEM Hotel Chelsea an Ascend Collection hotel is conveniently located in Chelsea it is a leisurely stroll to the Flatiron District Greenwich Village… more


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Located in the heart of the Financial District the fastest growing neighborhood in Manhattan Gild Hall is convenient to all locations in Manhattan by… more


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Opened in the Year 2004 the Air-Conditioned Hotel is Known For Its Style and Design Which Incorporates Elements of Both the Modern and the Old. The Hotel… more


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The Hotel Mela takes advantage of its central location right in the heart of Times Square and The Theatre District…. more


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Hotel Pennsylvania is located approximately 15 miles from LaGuardia International Airport and directly opposite Madison Square Garden and Amtrak’s Penn… more


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The Roger Williams blends vibrant colors bold architecture and a hip and homey feel in fashionable Murray Hill…. more


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As you walk into the limestone entrance of the Hudson the glowing escalator draws you into Philipe Starck’s interpretation of a University Campus. With… more


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Jolly Hotel Madison Towers is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan just a few blocks from Empire State Building Grand Central Station and Fifth… more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Located on fashionable West 57th Street Le Parker Meridien New York is just steps away from Fifth Avenue shopping Central Park and Broadway theatres…. more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Contemporary in design yet with stylish oriental flair Mandarin Oriental New York will redefine luxury as New York City s most striking and sophisticated… more


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Welcome to the New York Marriott Downtown a premier New York City hotel previously named the New York Marriott Financial Center. This downtown Manhattan… more


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When visiting the Big Apple there’s no better place to stay than the New York Marriott East Side hotel. Having recently completed a 24 million guest room… more


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The New York Marriott Marquis brings the energy of Manhattan to your door. Located in the heart of Times Square and the Broadway theater district this… more


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A 72 Room Property Opened in April 2006 and Located in New York’S Times Square. Far from the Normal Hotel Experience Night is a Sleek Black and Daring… more


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The Novotel New York Times Square is located in the heart of Midtown New York right in the theater district on the corner of 52nd Street and Broadway…. more


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This Stylish Budget Hotel is Great For Younger Travelers. It Has an Excellent Restaurant and Bar and 290 Compact Rooms With Shared Bathrooms…. more


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Rediscover the newly redesigned Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square and rethink everything you know about staying in the heart of New York City. A… more


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Look out across the waterfront as Lady Liberty stands proudly over symbolic Ellis Island…. more


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Synonymous with luxury and excellence our 261-room hotel is a worldwide symbol for the finest in facilities dining and services. The Ritz-Carlton New… more


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Set in the heart of Times Square the stylish Room Mate Grace caters to those who yearn to experience all the fun and sophistication New York has to offer…. more


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The ultimate in comfort and convenience this thirty-story building in midtown Manhattan-a contemporary statement in limestone and glass-is just a stone’s… more


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Located in New York City’s most stylish and sophisticated downtown neighborhood the SoHo Grand Hotel features exclusive New York City accommodations that… more

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This Elegant Hotel Comprises a Total of 142 Rooms Spread Over 12 Floors and Offers a Lobby With a 24-Hour Reception Desk a Safe a Lift and a Cloakroom…. more


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Restored by architect David Rockwell this hotel heralds a return of opulence and style to please all travelers…. more


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The Gem Hotel A Clarion Collection is a sleek modern boutique that is ideally located two blocks from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center…. more


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A new boutique hotel offering concierge service turndown service and personal attention to your every need. Free wireless high-speed Internet access in… more


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In the heart of Manhattans fashionable Meatpacking District and steps from Chelsea and Union Square is where guests will find this unconventional hotel… more


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Mansfield is not only perhaps the most romantic hotel in the city but also a portal to a New York City of days gone by…. more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

THE MARITIME HOTEL HAS GROWN TO BECOME A STAPLE OF THE CHELSEA NEIGHBORHOOD AS WELL AS ONE OF THE TOP DESTINATIONS FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING TO NEW YORK. THE… more


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The 32-story Marmara Manhattan Hotel & Residence offers 108 impeccably appointed- studios and one- two and three bedroom apartments ranging in size from… more


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Stylish and modern accommodations await guests at this newly opened boutique hotel offering state-of-the-art amenities and situated in New York City’s… more


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This is a trendy luxury hotel in the trendy SoHo neighborhood (right across the street from Guggenheim). There is a highly equipped business center restaurant… more


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This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

This New York City Times Square hotel a stylish four diamond boutique hotel features 200 uniquely styled guestrooms and suites that are sinfully spacious… more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

The Peninsula New York is ideally situated on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street convenient to all major corporations designer shops museums… more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Experience the exclusive ambiance private setting and unparalleled personal service that distinguish The Sherry-Netherland the landmark choice of Central… more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Luxury Property In The Heart Of 5th Avenue’s Shopping District Minutes Away From The Theatre District 24 Hour Butler Service. A 1904 Beaux Arts landmark… more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

The Time is a deluxe hotel located in the heart of Manhattan’s Times Square…. more


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Thompson LES/ a luxury hotel located in the original artistic and diverse neighborhood of the Manhattans Lower East Side/ is the next highly anticipated… more


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The Tribeca Grand’s location is utterly unrivaled the quiet cobblestone corner looks out upon one of the richest most sought-after neighborhoods in Manhattan… more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

The spirit and excitement of Times Square extends into and throughout W New York – Times Square. Retreat to completely renovated rooms (November 2008)… more


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At this intimate Midtown boutique hotel in Murray Hill modern luxury is served with a residential feel…. more

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Where can you find the first W hotel? Look no further. In 1998 among the massive skyscrapers and sea of yellow taxis this 688-room oasis was built…. more


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Tucked into residential Murray Hill W New York-The Tuscany is a sanctuary within the Midtown swirl…. more


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Opulent. Bohemian. And everywhere in between. Bridging the gap between old and new New York’s famous landmark Guardian Life Building has undergone renovations… more

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This is a Stunning Luxury Skyscraper City Hotel Overlooking Times Square Set in the Heart of the Theatre District. It Comprises a Total of 863 Strikingly… more


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The Wyndham Garden Hotel at Broadway and Fifth is located in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood bordering the West Village Midtown the Flatiron District and… more

Where to Play

There’s always something going on in New York City. We’ve done the work for you and recommended our favorite places to play while in the Big Apple. 

GET YOUR GROOVE ON 

Splash

50 W. 17th St.
(between 5th & 6th avenues)
New York, NY 10011

212.691.0073

www.splashbar.com 

New York’s premiere dance club, this massive, two level club located in the heart of Chelsea features an enormous dance floor, a state-of-the-art sound and video system, nightly entertainment on a full-sized stage, hot go-go boys, and sexy, underwear-clad bartenders.  There’s a reason Splash is packed every night of the week.  Musical Mondays are a riot – come early and sing along with your favorite showtunes, stay late and dance.  

Rockit

204 W. 55th St at Amalia Restaurant
(between 7th Ave. & Broadway)
New York, NY 10019

http://fveventsny.com 

This weekly, Friday-night-only dance party presented by FornabaioVoss Events is New York’s newest hot spot.  Hosted at the beautiful Amalia restaurant, the two levels are packed full of hot boys rubbing up against even hotter bartenders and go-go dancers.  There’s no cover, the doors open at 10 pm and there’s an open bar until 11, so get there early and dance all night! 

Sugarland

221 N 9th St 
(between Driggs Ave & Roebling St)  
Brooklyn, NY 11211

718-599-4044

One stop into Brooklyn on the L train.  Bedford stop.   

Yes, it’s in Brooklyn, and yes, it looks like an abandoned warehouse in a vacant lot, but if you like your gays with a little grit and you want to shake your young hipster ass, Sugarland is THE place to go.  The dance floor is enormous and the DJs will keep you and the adorable Brooklyn boys on it all night long.  So don’t be afraid.  Sure it looks sketchy on the outside, but once you walk through that front door you’ll wonder why you haven’t been there every weekend.   

Big Apple Ranch

Dance Manhattan Studios

39 W. 19th St., 5th Floor
(between 5th & 6th avenues)
New York, NY

(212) 358-5752

www.bigappleranch.com 

This weekly Saturday-night-only event is the good time you never knew you could have, so put on your cowboy boots and let’s go gay two-steppin’!  Every Saturday night at 8 pm there’s a beginning two-step class to make sure everyone is comfortable with the basics, followed by a new line-dance taught at 8:30, and then the dance floor is open starting at 9.  It’s not a bar, it’s not a club, it’s a party with a genuine community feel that will welcome you with open arms – provided, of course, that you dance.  They have rules here, and they take them seriously.  Rule #1:  always dance if someone asks you.  You won’t regret it.  

LEVIS & LEATHER 

Rawhide

212 8th Ave 
(between 20th St & 21st St)  
New York, NY 10011 
(212) 242-9332 

One of the oldest bars in Chelsea, Rawhide is a dark and seedy dive and that’s exactly why people love it.  Although still catering to the Levis and Leather crowd, Rawhide’s particular charms have drawn a more diverse crowd in recent years.  The drinks are strong and cheap, the bartenders are gruff, buff, and sexy, and the mostly naked dancers are never more than three feet from you. No wonder this cruisey little dive has been around for so long! 

The Eagle

554 West 28th Street
(between 10th & 11th ave) 
New York, NY 10001 

(646) 473-1866

www.eaglenyc.com 

Leather and Levis are taken VERY seriously in this legendary bar tucked away in far west Chelsea.  Thursday nights follow “The Code,” and you’re not allowed up to the second floor unless you’re sporting proper attire.  So don your best harness and boots and make yourself at home.  With two levels, a beautiful outdoor roofdeck, and the dimmest of dim lighting, there’s plenty of room to get up to no good and the resident bears and leather daddies will help you.  If you’re looking for a homogenized, PG-13 gay bar, look elsewhere.  If you’re looking for the real-deal leather experience, look no further.  

NEIGHBORHOOD GEMS 

West Village

Stonewall Inn

53 Christopher Street
(at 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10014

212-488-2705

www.thestonewallinnnyc.com 

Visit the West Village watering hole where it all began.  Forty years after the Stonewall Riots changed the gay world forever, the Stonewall Inn is still an anchor of the West Village gay scene.  With two levels and nightly events like karaoke Thursdays and Fridays splitting the bill with Lesbo-a-Go-Go for the girls and Red Light District for the boys, there’s plenty of partying to do at the place where Pride began.   

The Monster

80 Grove Street
(at Sheridan Square)
New York, NY 10014

212.924.3558

www.manhattan-monster.com 

Equal parts club and cabaret, The Monster features an intimate piano bar upstairs and a dance floor downstairs with twice-weekly drag shows.  Hot and sizzling yet comfortable and familiar, gay New Yorkers have been calling The Monster home for over 30 years.   

Marie’s Crisis

59 Grove St 
(between Bleecker St & S 7th Ave)  
New York, NY 10014 

(212) 243-9323 

There’s no need for embellishment here, Marie’s Crisis is a tiny little dive with one piano surrounded by show queens all singing to the rafters together in drunken, jovial bliss.  If you know every word from every musical from “Annie Get Your Gun” to “Avenue Q”, you will want to be buried at this bar.  Drink, sing, repeat. 

Cubbyhole

281 West 12th Street

(on the corner of W. 4th) 
New York, NY 10014-1971 
(212) 243-9041

www.cubbyholebar.com 

Patrons may disagree on whether the space is “cozy” or “cramped”, but whichever it is, this super popular West Village lady bar is packed to the gills every night of the week.  Whether it’s the dirt cheap drinks, kitschy décor, or 10-to-1 ratio of women to men,   New York’s lesbians love their Cubbyhole, but they’ll make room for you. 

Brooklyn

Metropolitan

559 Lorimer St 
(between Devoe St & Metropolitan Ave)  
Brooklyn, NY 11211 

(718) 599-4444

 

Metropolitan is the perfect place for a cute hip gay boy (or girl, or straight girl, or straight guy) to chill, listen to some good music, scope out some eye-candy, and have a cheap drink outside of Manhattan.  The enormous back patio/garden really draws the crowds in the warmer months, and on Sunday they even host a free barbeque.    

Ginger’s Bar

363 Fifth Avenue
(corner of 5th street in Park Slope) 
Brooklyn, NY 11215 

(718) 788-0924

www.gingersbarbklyn.com 

Ginger’s is a classic down-to-earth lesbian bar full of down-to-earth lesbians of all ages.  The hardworking bartenders keep the drinks cheap and flowing during their excellent happy hour, which includes the house vodka infused with (what else?) ginger.  Chill out on the patio, watch the game, play a game of pool, and bring a fiver to play DJ on the jukebox.  Ginger’s wants to be your corner bar. 

Hell’s Kitchen

Therapy

348 W 52nd St 
(between 8th & 9th avenues)  
New York, NY 10019 

(212) 397-1700

www.therapy-nyc.com 

This stunning two-story lounge is a must-go on any gay night out in Hell’s Kitchen.  Whether you want to have dinner and sip specialty cocktails downstairs, watch the different nightly entertainment upstairs Sunday-Wednesday, or shake your ass Thursday-Saturday with a different DJ each night, Therapy is ready and very willing.  Happy Hour is every night, so loosen your tie after work and throw one back with the hottest guys in Midtown.  You’ll probably find yourself staying all night… 

Vlada

331 W 51st St 
(between 8th & 9th avenues)  
New York, NY 10019 

(212) 974-8030

www.vladabar.com 

This sleek little lounge plays heavily to the theatre crowd, so if you’re an actor, singer, dancer, or lover of any of the above, Vlada just might be your candy store.  Vlada’s specialty is infused vodka, with over 16 different flavors, ranging from cranberry and 
apple/cinnamon to dill and horseradish.  Between all that vodka and the 2-4-1 happy hours every day, there’s heavy black-out potential, so don’t be afraid to soak up that booze with some food from the kitchen. 

Barrage

401 W 47th
(on the corner of 9th avenue) 
New York, NY 10036 

(212) 586-9390 

Appearances can be deceiving.  The dark, modern décor of this neighborhood watering hole leads one to believe that Barrage might be yet another pretentious gay bar full of boys that are full of ‘tude.  What you will find instead is a smiling bartender serving you a cheap drink and tons of seating to relax and chill with your friends.  Like you’d expect, there’s a happy hour.  Like you wouldn’t expect, there’s two: the second is from 11-12.  There’s always a DJ spinning, but Barrage isn’t trying to be a club, it’s trying to be a fun, easy-going bar serving drinks to fun, easy-going people.  Lucky for them, they’ve succeeded.   

The Ritz

369 W. 46th St.
(between 8th & 9th avenues)
New York, NY 10036

212-333-4177 

The Ritz is the bar to go to if you’re not in the mood for a club but still want to dance until you’re sweaty.  Much like a mullet, The Ritz is business in the front, party in the back.  Stop at the front bar and have a drink, and then wind your way to the tiny backroom (not THAT kind of backroom) and claim your spot on the dance floor.  The space is tiny, but that’s never stopped all the well-liquored boys and girls from gyrating their way to a fabulous time before.  Jump in and join them! 

Bartini

642 10th Ave
(between 45th and 46th)  
New York, NY 10036

(917) 388-2897

www.Bar-TiniUltraLounge.com 

This relatively new 10th Ave hideaway is staking its claim as one of Hell’s Kitchen’s newest hotspots.  With sexy décor, a sexier crowd, and an extensive menu of specialty cocktails like the lychee and cucumber martinis, Bartini already has a line out the door on the weekends.  But don’t worry about being left out in the cold, once you’re inside the hot bartenders will warm you right up. 

 

East Village

The Phoenix 

447 E 13th St 
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)  
New York, NY 10009 

(212) 477-9979

The Phoenix is a spacious dive that lets down-to-earth East Village boys grab a drink and chill the hell out.  No pretense, no overly preened boys with ‘tude, just laid back gays taking advantage of the cheap booze (Wednesday nights especially) and maybe playing a game of pool, with just enough grit to be sexy. 

Eastern Bloc

505 E 6th St 
(between Avenue A & Avenue B)  
New York, NY 10009

(212) 777-2555

www.easternblocnyc.com  

The crowds jammed wall-to-wall into this tiny dive are a testament to the fact that Eastern Bloc is the coolest and most unique gay bar in the East Village, if not all of New York.  From the mounted zebra and stag heads on the wall to the European propaganda posters of days gone by to the vintage pulp and porno mags decorating the bathrooms, Eastern Bloc has a style unlike any other.  Their happy hour is the latest in the East Village (7-10), there’s a stripper pole in the middle of the room, and Fridays advertise “Free Moustache Rides”.  We’ll let you find out for yourself what that means. 

Nowhere

322 E 14th St 
(between 1st & 2nd avenues)  
New York, NY 10003 
(212) 477-4744 

Nowhere is a quiet little dive that’s got just enough grit to keep it real.  It’s got a great jukebox, a pool table, an excellent happy hour, and enough little nooks and crannies for you and a date to find a quiet spot and get close.  With an incredibly diverse crowd of gays, lesbians, transfolk, and straights, Nowhere is doing ‘neighborhood bar’ right. 

Chelsea

XES

157 West 24th Street
(between 6th & 7th avenues) 
New York, NY 10011 

(212) 604-0212

www.xesnyc.com 

XES is a sleek lounge for sleek men and boys of all ages that will turn into an impromptu dance club before your very eyes.  Is there a dance floor?  No.  But with DJs playing great music and TV screens lining the walls playing videos to match, there’s nary a drunken ‘mo that can resist shaking what their momma gave them.  Throw in an enormous outdoor patio and a 2-4-1 happy hour, it’s no wonder XES is a Chelsea favorite. 

Gym Bar

167 8th Avenue 
(between 18th & 19th streets)  
New York, NY 10011 

(212) 337-2439

www.gymsportsbar.com  

Billed as New York’s “only gay sports bar,” Gym Bar is for gay jocks and the men who love them.  Serious attention is given to watching the game, so don’t come here planning on dancing to Madonna.  Serious attention is also given to the passersby on 8th Avenue – the front patio is always jam-packed with muscle-teed men checking out the eye-candy on Chelsea’s main thoroughfare.

Barracuda

275 W 22nd Street 
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)  
New York, NY 10011 

(212) 645-8613 

Slightly more of a dive than the other plucked and trimmed Chelsea bars, Barracuda gets crowded late in the evening when a diverse and hunky crowd packs in shoulder to shoulder.  The back room has ample couch space to sit back and lounge, but seats are at a premium when the drag queens, comedians, and cabaret acts take the stage each night.   

G Lounge

223 W 19th St 
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)  
New York, NY 10011 

(212) 929-1085

www.glounge.com 

G Lounge keeps things fresh with a different party every night of week.  Whether you’re looking for nouveau burlesque and striptease (Boybox on Tuesdays), a raucous, sparkly dance party (Küte on Sundays), or a mature daddy (D.I.L.F. on Wednesdays), G Lounge is going to make you feel right at home. 

 

DOWN & DIRTY 

The Urge

33 Second Avenue (East Village)
(between 1st & 2nd streets) 
New York, NY 10003 

(212) 533-5757 

Bring plenty of singles, there’s a bevy of beautiful go-go boys at The Urge every night of the week. With hot music always playing you’ll dance, the go-go boys will dance, and maybe you’ll join them and take your clothes off, too. You could even make some money at it:  Wednesdays at midnight are Ass Wednesdays, and the best ass walks away with $100.  

The Cock

29 Second Ave 
(between 1st & 2nd streets)
New York, NY 10003 

(212) 473-9406 

It’s dark, it’s sleazy, it’s heaven:  exactly what you’d expect from a bar named ‘The Cock’.  It’s right next door to The Urge, but no matter where you’re coming from, be sure to get here late – the party doesn’t start really going until about midnight, and it REALLY gets going.    The crowd skews toward the 20s-40s set, but no matter who you are, if you’re looking to get down and dirty, if you’re looking for a “happy ending” to your evening, The Cock will not disappoint.   

BATH & BODY 

East Side Club

227 East 56th Street
(Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues) 
New York, NY 10022 

212-753-2222

www.eastsideclubnyc.com 

West Side Club

27 W 20th Street, 2nd floor 
New York, NY 10011 

(212) 691-2700

www.westsideclubnyc.com 

The last vestiges of a dying breed, the jointly owned East and West Side Clubs are still holding strong and attracting a lively and active clientele.  The West Side Club’s Chelsea location attracts a younger, fitter crowd, but men of all ages and types are getting plenty of action at both.  So relax in one of the lounges, take a shower, cruise the hallways, and enjoy yourself.  Both locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

What to See

Top Sights to SEE in New York City  
 

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States in honor of the friendship established during the French Revolution. The Statue of Liberty has become an American symbol of freedom and welcome to the immigrants who come to the USA looking for a better life. On July 4th, 2009 the crown observation beck was reopened to the public.  

Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, is known for its Christmas tree, ice skating, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Radio City Music Hall and numerous shopping and dining opportunities. 

Grand Central Terminal

Renovations since its opening in 1913 have turned Grand Central into more than just a hub for transportation — there are shops, dining and more available to visitors. There are group tours available, as well as free tours for individuals on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Over 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an iconic art museum that is well worth a visit. 

Times Square / Broadway

Many iconic photographs and historical events have revolved around the “crossroads” of America at Times Square. For all you theatre lovers this is the place to catch one of the many plays or musicals along the “Great White Way.”  

The Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn is the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, which are widely considered the start of the modern gay liberation movement. It is located at 51-53 Christopher Street, between West 4th Street and Waverly Place, in Greenwich Village. The Stonewall riots are regarded as the single most important event that led to the modern movement for gay and lesbian issues  

Central Park

Central Park has offered a welcome escape from the concrete jungle of New York City for over 150 years. Take a walk, a boat ride or just enjoy a picnic in Central Park and discover for yourself why Central Park is so popular. 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, the MoMA is host to an impressive collection of modern artistic efforts. From painting and sculpture to film and architecture, the Museum of Modern Art’s diverse collection has something for everyone. 

American Museum of Natural History

Since opening to the public in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has evolved and grown. In addition to the Rose Center planetarium and regular exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a revolving series of new exhibits, so there is always something new to see. The most impressive exhibit is the vast collection of fossils and dinosaur bones.  

The Museum of Sex

The official mission of the Museum of Sex is "to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality.” The museum focuses on a variety of sexual attitudes and subcultures, including lesbian and gay history and erotica, BDSM, pornography, and sex work. Although the museum’s exhibits are presented in an educational format, they feature explicit content. Because of this, visitors must be 18 years old or older.

What’s the Scoop?

New York City Population: 8,363,710

The NYC metro area includes more that 19 million residents. The NYC metro area includes parts New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The GLBT population is estimated around 568,903 for the metro area, which is 2.6% of the metro population. Within NYC proper the percentage is estimated to be 6%.

Airports

Transportation

For transportation to and from NYC airports, Get Gay Travel provides very competitive pricing for car services. Our fleet is luxurious and our staff is friendly and courteous. Give us a call at 1 800 711-6029 for more information on our car services.

LGA – LaGuardia Airport

Located in queens, this is the closest and usually quickest airport to Manhattan. Taxi fares can be around $35 – $40 with tip and tunnel fees. Coach busses leave every half hour and drop/pick up passengers in multiple points around Times Square for about $25 for both ways. As an alternative, you can take the m60 bus to/from the airport, to major subway stops in Queens and Upper Manhattan, and transfer for free. It can get very crowded and sometimes take time during rush periods. Allot yourself up to an hour or more to get to the airport from Manhattan. Be sure to have $2.25 in quarters if you’re coming from the airport!

JFK – John F Kennedy International Airport

The largest and farthest airport, the flat fee for a taxi is $45 plus tolls. The AirTrain was created to get passengers from the airport to close subway or rail train lines. The fastest method is to take the AirTrain from JFK to Jamaica station and buy a ticket to Penn Station, for a cost of around $8 each way. Allot about an hour for this method.

EWR – Newark Liberty International Airport

Though it’s located in New Jersey, sometimes this airport can be quick for certain airlines, such as Continental. Taxi fares average around $40 – $60. Coach busses are a great option within reasonable hours. Late nights and early mornings taxis and the train are the only method. The trains from Penn Station take about 30 – 45 minutes to get to the AirTrain which can be about 20 more minutes to check in. Since the trains usually run on schedule this is a reliable method.

GLBTQ Support Centers

The Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.

http://www.gaycenter.org

The Ali Forney Center
New York City can be a brutal place for homeless youth and tragically, many young lives have been destroyed. At AFC, we are making a difference by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them into our safe, homelike environments.
AFC is working hard to provide our youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive. We cannot do this work alone. We need the help and support of the broader community to make NYC a safer place for homeless LGBT youth. Thank you for your support and interest.

www.aliforneycenter.org

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center is New York City’s only primary health care center dedicated to meeting the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and people living with HIV/AIDS – regardless of any patient’s ability to pay.

www.callen-lorde.org

Gay Mens Health Crisis

GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.

www.gmhc.org

Lowdown on Gay Rights

Statewide Relationship Recognition  

NO Licenses marriages for same-sex couples

YES Honors marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions

NO Relationship recognition for same-sex couples 

New York is unusual because it does not allow same-sex couples to marry in the state, or even provide them statewide domestic partnership benefits, but it does respect their marriages entered into outside the state. That has led many same-sex couples to travel to Canada and elsewhere to get married. They have returned home and won respect for their marriages, inside and outside the courtroom, sometimes just by asking. 

Statewide Hate Crimes Laws:  

YES Protection based on Sexual Orientation

NO Protection based on Gender Identity 

Statewide Sodomy Laws 

The New York sodomy law was struck down as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy in the 1980 case People v. Onefre, 415 N.E.2d 936 (N.Y. 1980), but remained on the books for the next 20 years. It was not until Republican Gov. George Pataki signed the Sexual Assault Reform Act in 2000 that the state’s "consensual sodomy" statute was formally repealed. 

Statewide Non-Discrimination Laws 

YES Sexual Orientation Protection

      New York law explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public and private employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit. 
      Citations: Rentos v. OCE-Office Systems, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19060 (S.D.N.Y. 1996); Buffong v. Castle on the Hudson, 2005 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3194 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2005); NY EXEC. LAW§ 296, 296-a. 

NO Gender Identity Protection

      While gender identity is not explicitly included in the state’s anti-discrimination law, courts have ruled that transsexual individuals can pursue anti-discrimination claims under the category of sex. 

Statewide Healthcare 

New York law permits a partner to make medical decisions on behalf of an incapacitated same-sex partner as a "close friend." However, priority is given to other individuals first (adult children, parent, adult siblings). § 2965.  
 
An adult may designate his or her partner as having authority to make medical decisions on their behalf through a health care proxy. A competent adult may appoint a health care agent by a health care proxy, signed and dated by the adult in the presence of two adult witnesses who shall also sign the proxy. § 2981. A domestic partner may not be refused visitation rights in New York. § 2805-q. 

Statewide Employment Protections 

YES Private employment protections based on sexual orientation.

NO Private employment protections based on gender identity.

YES Public (state) employment protections based on sexual orientation. N/A Public (state) employment protections based on gender identity.

While gender identity is not explicitly included in the state’s anti-discrimination law, courts have ruled that transsexual individuals can pursue anti-discrimination claims under the category of sex. 

2003 Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (S.720/A.1971). Signed by Governor Pataki on 12/17/02 

Statewide Parenting Laws 

Who May Adopt: New York law allows an unmarried adult or a married couple jointly to petition to adopt. (N.Y. DOM. REL. § 110) 

Same Sex Couples: Approved in In reJacob, 86 N.Y.2d 651, 636 N.Y.S.2d 716, 660 N.E.2d 397 (1995)

Notes: Joint adoption approved in Matter of Adoption of Carolyn B., N.Y.S.2d, 2004 WL

575028 (N.Y. App. Div., 2004).

In 1995, the New York Appeals Court (the state’s highest court) ruled that a same-sex co-parent could adopt her partner’s child or child of the relationship.

 

The legal information provided on this page is provided as a courtesy to Get Gay Travel clients. It is not designed to serve as legal advice. Get Gay Travel would like to thank the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal for the reference materials. Due to the ever-changing nature of legal matters some of the information may not be current or comprehensive. 

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