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.

Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

Comedian Anjelah Johnson Talks Birth of 'Bon Qui Qui'

Anjelah Johnson became an internet sensation with her viral video, “Nail Salon” which led to many stand-up, television and film opportunities. In 2007, she joined the cast of MADtv as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation, Bon Qui Qui. This original character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been viewed and replicated by more than 65 million people worldwide. Find out what she had to say about the creation of Bon Qui Qui and "The BFF Tour"
 

New Documentary Chronicles Iconic Fashion Designer

Featuring interviews with Naomi Campbell, Claire Danes, Sean “Diddy” Combs, André Leon Talley, and Nicole Phelps, "HOUSE OF Z" chronicles the meteoric rise of fashion designer Zac Posen at the age of 21 and then his brand's falling out of favor several years later and his challenge to rebuild his company and his reputation. It is both a portrait of an artist as a young man, and a look behind the glamorous curtain of one of the most distinguished brands in the world, revealing the tenuous dance between art and commerce that informs every move.

“I'm thrilled that Condé Nast is launching 'House of Z' on its new digital platform,” said Zac Posen. “This partnership is a demonstration and continuation of the support and history we have had with Vogue and CNÉ over the years."

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"House of Z" will be available to rent on Vogue on September 6.

Andrew Christian Model Arad's Favorite Things: 2016

Andrew Christian model Arad Winwin has taken the underwear world by storm in 2016! Originally from Iran, Arad began competing in bodybuilding competitions and was eventually offered a modeling job by a local company in Dallas, Texas. In addition to bodybuilding and modeling for the ultra-popular underwear brand, Arad is passionate about several important issues, including helping needy children and those affected by hunger (Photo: Facebook).

Mark’s List recently spoke with Arad about the incredibly sexy Andrew Christian Christmas video he was featured in, what you can expect to see in 2017 and some of his favorite things from 2016. Read the full interview: Andrew Christian Model Arad's Favorite Things: 2016

Six Reasons Homosexuals Are Genetically Superior

Science has yet to definitively declare a “gay gene” – probably because all those evil-gelicals would abort their gaybies left and right and all hell would break loose (hallelujah?) –but just because the argument for biological evidence that determines sexual orientation hasn’t been substantiated doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Barring the discovery of an actual genetic modification that predisposes people to being gay, studies have shown that homosexuality is a heritable trait. Nonetheless, the research as it stands now is still just a bunch of lab-coat mumbo jumbo caught up in a tornado of politics. Here are six reasons why homosexuals are genetically superior to their heterosexual counterparts.

Six Healthy Foods That Satisfy Every Urge

In order to achieve maximum fitness and keep those juices flowing in all the right directions, a healthy diet is a key ingredient to the toughest workout regimen. Although some sacrifices must be made, eating well doesn’t have to be completely boring or gag-inducing. These six healthy foods will not only help steer you on a healthier path, but also allow you to satisfy your underlying urges along the way!

Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Although research and support for the HIV/AIDS community has come a long way since the 80s and 90s, a great deal of ignorance and stigma still exists—even within the gay community. With celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Danny Pintauro (Who’s the Boss?) recently bringing HIV/AIDS into the entertainment headlines, perhaps now is the perfect time for a new, more enlightened conversation on the subject.

Mark’s List spoke with adult film star Rocco Steele, who has experienced his fair share of ups and downs with addiction and living with HIV.  He has, however, used these personal experiences as a catalyst to promote HIV awareness and education. Read the full interview after the Jump: Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Florida's Gay and Lesbian Beaches

We've given our Florida Gay Beaches Guide a makeover. Florida is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. From the cool to the touch quartz sand of Siesta Key to world famous beaches in cities like Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Miami, there is something for everyone. You'll find our guide right here: Florida Gay and Lesbian Beach Guide

Florida's 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.



10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

Adult film star Hunter Vance returned to Miami in 2017 to celebrate Floppy Rooster's 3rd Anniversary. We caught up with Hunter Vance to talk about his life a an adult film actor, anti-bullying and some of his new business ventures. Read the full interview: 10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

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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