The city that never sleeps is also known as the city of opportunity. New York is a magnet for gays, with the LGBT community representing an estimated 500,000 people.
With such a community, it is clear that the population is one of the most friendly in the world and that there are gay places throughout the city. From Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, and the popular, West Village where the famous Stonewall is located. It is here where the gay civil rights movement started after the riot in 1969. However, it is Chelsea that holds the torch as the gayest neighborhood in the city.
Chelsea is comprised of brownstones and luxury apartments, and home to famous art galleries. There are always art openings, but more often than not, entrance is free, and so is the wine. As shopping is concerned, Chelsea is home to Macy’s (Harlod Square, 34th and Broadway). The largest store in the world with an area of more than 2 million square feet.
Once you have found the perfect outfit, it is time to hit the nightlife. Start at the Boxer NYC, a famous sports bar with a great happy hour, or if leather is your thing, head to the Eagle (554 w 28th/11th ave). Afterwards, make way to Barracuda (275 w 22nd @ 8th ave) known for its long bar, and American movies. There are also a lot of other gay bars New York.
Unfortunately, the Splash club is no longer, but don’t fret. Go to G lounge (225 W 19th St) where the most beautiful boys in the city can be found.
After a long night, time to eat up. Try East of Eight (254 W 23rd St), which is arguably the most romantic gay restaurant in Chelsea, perhaps the perfect spot to have a date. Now time to walk off the calories by walking the High Line. Discover this urban playground built on an abandoned portion of old railways high above, starting at Gansevoort to 30th.
Now time for a little culture, and discover the Metropolitan Community Church of New York (446 W 36th St) which serves as the church to the LGBT community, and where the community can get married. New Yorkers say that if you do not find what you are looking for in New York, then what you are looking for does not exist.