New York

Greenwich Village: the Bohemian cradle of the LGBT movement and site of the Stonewall Riots. Chelsea: the center of NYC’s art world…and home to many of its resident gays. The East Village: artsy, trendy, hipster, and perennially alternative. Park Slope and Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Hell’s Kitchen: the new kids and rising stars. With so many neighborhoods vying for the top spot as the “gayborhood,” plus challengers from the boroughs, the competition is fierce and much to your advantage.

Get a taste for them all with help from the well-connected subway network between iconic experiences. Gawp at the Statue of Liberty or the flashing screens surrounding Times Square; take in a Broadway musical in the nearby Theater District; and shop on Fifth Avenue or Canal Street. Be prepared to make tough decisions, like which of the nearly 2,084 restaurants—126 of them Michelin-starred—you want to have dinner in, or where you’ll have the best slice of pizza in your life. And even with a hotel picked out, where to spend the night in the City That Never Sleeps is another hard choice, with literally countless gay bars, lounges, and nightclubs to lure you from your pillow. Good thing then that this city runs on the electric energy of its people—see if you can use that excitement to recharge your batteries!

After all, you’ll want to make the most of every moment in this dynamic, fast-paced destination. The list of things to do, see, and taste are simply inexhaustible. MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Met, and the Museum of Natural History are classics for the cultured; for the curious, the Museum of Sex, Tenement Museum, and the one at the South Street Seaport intrigue. Central Park, the High Line, and a long list of botanical gardens from Manhattan to Brooklyn to Queens make spring in the city even more delightful, while the charming and car-less Fire Island draw the LGBT crowd out to Long Island every summer. The list goes on and on, but we won’t …because when your destination is New York City, you don’t have a minute to waste.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene across various neighborhoods as well as boroughs
  • The heart of the historical gay scene may be referred to as Greenwich Village, the West Village, or simply the Village
  • Other gay neighborhoods include Chelsea, the East Village and Hell’s Kitchen
  • Strong gay presence also in Park Slope and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as well as Jackson Heights, Queens
  • Further out, Cherry Grove and The Pines in Fire Island are popular summer haunts for New York gays and lesbians
  • Generally inclusive
  • A wealth of LGBT publications can keep you apprised of the latest events, of which there is an infinite list: Village Voice, Next Magazine, New York Press, and TimeOut New York are among them
  • Another exceptional resource is the LGBT page of the tourism board’s website, nycgo.com
  • Gay marriage legal since June 2011

Featured Resorts:

Le Parker Meridien New York

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Hip and dysfunctional are out. Style and function are in. Le Parker Meridien's 730 ergonomically inspired rooms and suites with far reaching views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, give you that "at ease" feeling as you step out in the big town. Enjoy Great Eats! At the over-the- top breakfast all day restaurant Norma's. Or, choose that Oh! So Soho! neighborhood bistro Seppi's where old New York charm meets the Seine. For a little pick me-up, visit Knave an ...

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