The closing of gay bath houses in 1985 was a huge blow to the community, but luckily the gay New York has developed a wealth of alternative options in the intervening decades. While it might not provide the level of options as some of the more international gay meccas, New York provides a diversity of hot bodies and hot steam rooms to relax after a long day. No matter what your flavor, you'll find something to whet your appetite in the five buroughs.
Saunas for every direction
While the selection may be limited, there's some mainstay gay sauna New York options available to you. The East Side Club provides all the amenities you'd like for relaxation but puts them emphasis on steamy hook-ups. Latinos, blacks, bears, and asian men all mix together with one thing in common: the search for a good time. Located near Chelsea, the West Side Club offers a hunting ground for men who like to play as hard as they work. The West Side Club attracts a fit crowd of gym hounds and twinks. If you're closer to Queens, Northern Men's Sauna draws in the whole rainbow of gay New Yorkers.
Party in the dark
If you're looking for a little more binging and a little less purging, look no further than some of New York's bars with dark rooms. The Eagle still serves as the gold standard of gay leather bars, and their New York bar offers hot bodies and hard drinks. Once you've had enough of the latter, drag one of the former to a dark room. The Cock in the East Village offers similar amenities but trades the leather atmosphere for the feel of a good time dive bar.
Big, black, and proud
Beyond the gay sauna New York offers one of the most raucous pride festivals around. Black Party Expo brings sexual expression into the streets with art, expression, and exhibits. The Expo stretches through the month of May, highlighting the best and brightest of gay culture and self expression. But the highlight is the Black Party itself. Here the hottest DJ's and strangest acts perform for a crowd of over 5,000 with innovative staging and lighting.