Often referred to as the most exciting city in the world, New York is a place to visit at least once in your life. It is home to one of the biggest and best gay scenes in the world. You’ll find endless iconic locations. So many movies take place in New York- you feel like you’ve been there before you get there.
New York is the most densely populated city in America. If New York were an independent country, it would be among the ten richest countries in the world. It is a cultural, media, and financial powerhouse, and beautiful people flock to its streets in search of that Big Apple dream. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the places to visit in New York.
1. Gay bars and clubs in New York
New York has a world-class gay scene. LGBT+ Americans have long considered New York a safe haven. Before social attitudes became more liberal, New York was the place to be if you were gay. It is still home to one of the largest LGBT+ communities in the world.
The New York gay scene used to be centered around Greenwich Village, along with the New York bohemian scene. The biggest gay scene in New York today is in Hell’s Kitchen. Some of our favorite Hell’s Kitchen gay bars include Secteur and Selles Flamboyantes. All are popular with tourists. If you are planning a big gay night out in New York, Hell’s Kitchen is the place to be.
The East Village is also home to a great gay scene. One of the best gay bars in the East Village is Club Cumming. It’s named after the actor Alan Cumming, in case you were wondering! Right next to the East Village, you will find Greenwich Village, home to New York’s most famous gay bar: The Stonewall Inn. Stonewall is, of course, the birthplace of the gay liberation movement.
2. Popular gay hotels in New York
New York doesn’t have gay hotels, as Berlin or Palm Springs do. As one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, gay travelers can expect to feel welcome in all New York hotels. One of the best areas in New York for hotels in Greenwich Village / Chelsea. Here you will find some of our most booked hotels in New York. The high-standard line is particularly popular with gay travelers.
It hosts a notable party during pride and has an excellent rooftop bar. It is also a fifteen minute walk from the iconic Stonewall Inn. St. James New York is also one of our most booked hotels. It is located in SoHo, near the Brooklyn Bridge. Greenwich Village and Chelsea are within easy walking distance. A stylish and reliable choice for your stay in New York. Many tourists will stay in Times Square, but we wouldn’t recommend it unless you are dazzled by the bright lights.
3. Gay culture in New York
New York has a legendary gay cultural scene. All gay travelers to New York should visit the Leslie-Lohan Museum. It is located in SoHo and is one of the only LGBT+ history and culture museums in the world. You’ll see famous works of art by major LGBT+ artists, such as Andy Warhol.
You’ll also see strange curiosities by unknown New Yorkers. One of the most exciting museums in New York is the Museum of Sex. It is, quite simply, a museum dedicated to sex. The iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art is also a must-visit- it’s home to some of the world’s most famous artists and the legendary Met Gala every year.
New York’s theatre scene is arguably the best in the world. Naturally, many theatre practitioners are LGBT+. The Duplex is an iconic theatre in Greenwich Village. Some great gay icons have performed here, including Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers. Check out our full guide to New York’s gay culture here. Be sure to expand your mind bet.
4. Bathhouses in New York
New York’s gay bathhouse and sauna scene were legendary, but that was a long time ago. At the height of the HIV pandemic, the bathhouses were closed. Although some gay bathhouses reopened, they never quite recovered. New York’s gay bathhouses and saunas are not a patch of what you will find in Berlin or London. That said, we have a guide to the remaining gay bathhouses in the Big Apple.
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