Manhattan, NYC Gay & Lesbian Travel Guide in New York City, NY

Author: 
Mark Haines
Curator: 
Declan Goode
Manhattan is one of five New York Boroughs and is comprised of neighborhoods that are essentially cities within a city. Manhattan's many neighborhoods are not named according to any particular convention. Some are geographical (the Upper East Side), or ethnically descriptive (Little Italy). Others are acronyms, such as TriBeCa (for "TRIangle BElow CAnal Street") or SoHo ("SOuth of HOuston"), or the far more recent vintages NoLIta ("NOrth of Little ITaly") and NoMad ("NOrth of MADison Square Park "). Harlem is a name from the Dutch colonial era after Haarlem, a city in the Netherlands. Alphabet City comprises Avenues A, B, C and D, to which its name refers.

Times Square in New York City at nightTwo neighborhoods are of particular interest to Gay and Lesbian people, Greenwich Village, site of the Stonewall Riots and Chelsea, stereotyped for its legendary gym bunnies.

Greenwich Village is generally known as an important landmark on the map of bohemian culture. The neighborhood is known for its colorful, artistic residents and the alternative culture they propagate. Due in part to the progressive attitudes of many of its residents, the Village has traditionally been a focal point of new movements and ideas, whether political, artistic, or cultural. This tradition as an enclave of avant-garde and alternative culture was established by the beginning of the 20th century when small presses, art galleries, and experimental theater thrived. In the mid 1960's Greenwich Village became the center of Gay and Lesbian Culture in New York, eventually leading to police raids on Gay bars and specifically the Stonewall Inn, a bar frequented by drag queens. The police raid at the Stonewall Inn sparked riots that are considered to be the beginning of the modern LGBT human rights movement.

Stonewall Inn New your City Greenwich VillageNew York's other gay neighborhood, Chelsea, is a melting pot of cultures. Above 
23rd Street, by the Hudson River, the neighborhood is post-industrial, featuring the newly-hip High Line that follows the river all through Chelsea. Eighth Avenue is a center for LGBT-oriented shopping and dining, and from 20th to 22nd street between Ninth and Tenth avenue, mid-nineteenth century brick and brownstone townhouses are still occupied, a few even restored to single family use.
New York Fashion Week Kick-Off Party at 404
New York Fashion Week held it's Kick-Off Party at 404 in Manhattan. The party, thrown by Micah Blehm and Entire Magazine, featured collections by designers Bradley Douglas Jordan and Oscar Utierre with Joe Simpson's client Jonathan Keith as the star male model.

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Sexy New Video Shows 'Homoerotic Side of Wrestling'

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Bebe Rexha to Headline Miami Beach Gay Pride 2017

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Florida's 5 Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

Life in the tropics is all about beating the heat. And what better way cool off than to hang out poolside without clothing? Florida has dozens of clothing optional resorts, but which ones are the best? Here's the Mark's List take on the 5 best (in no particular order).

In Key West check out New Orleans House and Island House. New Orleans House is located on Duval Street, right in the middle of all of the action. You can count on a great time poolside or in Key West's biggest Gay nightclub, Bourbon Street Pub. Island House is located on a quieter side street and offers amazing rooms, many of them opening onto the pool and patio. There's also an amazing pool side cafe serving up some of the best food (and libations) on the Island. In Fort Lauderdale, we suggest you get your Gay clothing optional groove on at The Grand Resort and Spa, which offers an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your booty from burning. In Central Florida you can head out into the woods and catch some all over rays at the Sawmill Camping Resort. Sawmill offers cabins and plenty of places to park RVs or pitch tents. There's also a large heated pool, a dance hall, restaurant, several themed bars and plenty of trails to go "hiking" on.



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Top Seven LGBT-Friendly Caribbean Destinations

Life’s a beach, so let’s play in the sand! As the holiday season approaches and 2017 looms the horizon, an island getaway is the perfect way to celebrate another successful (or stressful) year and enjoy some much needed R&R. If you’re yearning to bask in the sun on a pristine beach but not travel too far from South Florida, the Caribbean offers a variety of LGBT friendly destinations to choose from. From luxurious retreats to off the beaten path enclaves, we’ve picked seven distinct destinations to tempt every one of your traveling desires. Find out which islands made the list: Top Seven LGBT-Friendly Caribbean Destinations

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YouTube star Davey Wavey has amassed quite a YouTube following over the last eight years—some 300 million views in all.  Described by Davey as “the best job in the world,” he gets to experience life and travel around the world dishing a variety of humorous, sexually-charged topics, including “How to Give Brojobs,” “Are Virgins Hot,” and “Can You Make a Straight Guy Gay?” But it’s not just all about sex with Davey—he has also captured stories focusing on AIDS and the older generation’s perspective.  Mark’s List recently spoke with Davey about his YouTube success, his top five favorite videos, his affinity for underwear, childhood obesity and what you can expect to see in 2016: YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

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