The average tourist misses out on an essential part of New York's history and culture, and that's gay New York. New York City served as the epicenter for the LGBT equal rights movement of the 1960's and 70's.
The Stonewall Riots
The Stonewall Riots happened in 1969 when the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a known home to drag queens, male prostitutes, and other low-income members of the gay community. This sparked a riot that would turn into protests for civil rights over the next several days, turning the Village into the headquarters of a movement.
Over time Hell's Kitchen became the gay neighborhood. Today's crowd calls the remodeled streets of Brooklyn in neighborhoods like Williamsburg home.
Thriving Social Scene
New York City isn't just home to gay history. Gay new york sports one of the best gay social scenes in the world.
A popular gay sports bar is Boxers NYC, located in Chelsea, which is a great place to catch the game and mingle with single men. If you're looking for a nightclub atmosphere, then you'll love the vibrancy of BPM New York in Hell's Kitchen.
If you're looking for a place to eat members of New York's gay community agree that Elmo's Restaurant and Lounge is the best in town. This Chelsea establishment has great food and a hot crowd nightly.
The city's LGBT community also hosts gay activities throughout the year. One of the biggest attractions is the gay pride parade, which has been held annually since 1970.
A Break From the City Life
New York City isn't the only good thing about gay New York. There is Riis beach in Rockaway, Queens that draws a predominantly gay crowd. Out on long island there is the famous Fire Island, which is the beach vacation destination of gay men from all over the country. Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove are the two areas on Fire Island where most of the gay community lives.
All in all New York is one of the best destinations for a gay vacation. It has rich history, excellent nightlife, and a beautiful beach getaway.