The Oculus in New York City – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , June 29th, 2018

The Oculus in New York City - Keep Calm and Wander

The Oculus in New York City (or the World Trade Center) serves as a terminal station that is, in turn, served by the Newark WTC and the Hoboken WTC, where the latter serves only on weekends.

The station, which is located in the WTC of the Financial District, Manhattan, itself was opened for public on March 3, 2016, after replacing the temporary station that had been placed after the gruesome attacks of 9/11.

Although there have been many controversies attached to the station, savor the facts below that only a few people know. These facts are meant to present a separate image of the station.

1. The Steel Used is Unique

Since the projects of the architect Santiago Calatrava are known for their unique curves, only a special type of steel can withstand them. The Oculus is made with the same special steel that is manufactured by only four companies in the world. The Italian and the Spanish companies out of these four were capable to deliver the kind of steel required for Oculus.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Gay NYC – City Guide NY

Author: , September 21st, 2017
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New York City has long been a supporter of the LGBT community, and if you’re gay and planning a visit to the city, then you’re in for a treat. Rounded up below are six “must-dos” if you’re in Manhattan/gay NYC and looking for a memorable time. From visiting the famed Stonewall Inn to catching a local drag show, check out our top six picks for gay travelers coming to New York.

Best of NYC Gay Visits: The Stonewall Inn (West Village)

Make a visit to the place “where pride began.” The Stonewall Inn is an important part of gay pride history, and it’s still a popular destination for modern New Yorkers today. Get your photo in front of the famed brick exterior before heading in to grab a drink and take in the game-changing establishment that surrounds you. 53 Christopher St., 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com

By Chelsey Grasso – Full Story at City Guide NY

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Checking Out Manhattan Bridge – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 6th, 2017

Manhattan Bridge

I finally visited Manhattan Bridge up close. I’ve been coming to New York for 6 years in a row every summer but I haven’t been to this bridge. Well, the bridge itself is not really a must-see destination in your guidebook. Manhattan Bridge is just the another bridge in New York that only few dare to wander. I came here because I wanted to check out Dumbo, a neighbourhood that’s becoming popular for foodies. I went around looking for a perfect place to sit and admire Manhattan’s skyline across the river but my search was in vain. Ok, I found one restaurant but the view wasn’t enough for me. If I had to spend much money, I want a good view, too, not just good food, right? So, I ended up reading a book at Brooklyn Park, suppressing and forgetting my hunger.

I think I’ll have to go back there and explore the area longer. or I’ll do my research first before going back.

How to Get There

There are five subway trains that go there: lines D, N, Q, B, and R. Get off at DeKalb Avenue. It’s a pretty long walk to Dumbo / Manhattan Bridge.

For first timers in New York City, I’d suggest that you take lines A and C. Get off at High Street. Explore Brooklyn Bridge first and then walk to Manhattan Bridge and Dumbo.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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New York Queer Clubs and Bars

Author: , September 3rd, 2017

New York Queer Clubs - the Toolbox

The City that Never Sleeps has plenty of time for nightlife, and the New York queer clubs scene is one of the most prominent in the United States. After all, the Stonewall Inn — a Greenwich Village tavern that was the epicenter of the 1969 Stonewall riots — recently became the country’s first LGBT national monument.

Whether your idea of an amazing night out includes Broadway-worthy singalongs or crowded ragers, there are a number of excellent gay bars and clubs in New York City to check out. Get to know the local LGBT community at one of these eight spots — and don’t forget your dancing cowboy shoes.

For the Dancing: Industry

Grab a drink at the bar and make your way through the crowds to Industry’s dance floor in the back. The DJs at this Hell’s Kitchen club blast up-tempo, Top 40 hits and throwbacks to keep people dancing through the night.

For the Broadway Fans: Marie’s Crisis

Come to Marie’s Crisis and sing along with an amicable troupe of musical lovers regardless of sexual orientation. The skilled pianists at this low-ceilinged West Village basement bar play classics by Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, and Gershwin, while patrons harmonize. Don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity belting out The Little Mermaid in the crowd: A-listers are no stranger here.

By Peter Schlesinger – Full Story at Travel+Leisure

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Governor’s Island, New York – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 3rd, 2017

Governor's Island New York - Alain

Governor’s Island is just yards away from downtown Manhattan. The island, however, doesn’t have people in residence. In fact, it’s only open to the public from May 1 – October 31.

What to do at Governor’s Island

  • During the summer, there are arts festivals, concerts, performances and guided tours.
  • You can rent a bike and go around the island.
  • If you’re up for walking, you can also do it, too. You should be done strolling in two hours or less, depends how long you’d stop for selfies.
  • The island also has food carts. Don’t worry about getting hungry there. And oh yeah, you can do your picnic there, too!
  • Visit museums and castles.
  • Get a drink at Oyster Bar where the view of New York Skyline is right before you, unobstructed.

How to get to Governor’s Island. The easiest way to get there is to take a ferry from Maritime Building on 10 South Street. It’s right next to (on the left) the South Ferry Terminal. You can’t miss it.

By Alain – Full Story at KepmCalm and Wander

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Loralei B&B – Brooklyn, New York

Author: , June 30th, 2017

Loralei B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Loralei Bed & Breakfast is a 3 story Victorian home in Brooklyn, originally built in 1904, an amazing era when the NY subway was new, and electric lights lit up Brooklyn’s Luna Park in Coney Island.

The Loralei B&B sits among hundreds of beautiful, historic homes along wide, tree-lined avenues in Ditmas Park, a historic district with one of the biggest groups of Victorian homes in the USA.

When guests arrive, they are always surprised at this historic Victorian enclave in the heart of New York City. Lance & Rob have owned the home for many years, and they have carefully restored the interior of this lovely home.

As you enter the Loralei B&B, you step into the past – from the wrap-around porch with its stately columns to the parlor, sitting room and dining room, which are decorated with restored antique furniture and accented with beveled glass French doors.

Lance and Rob have stayed in many inns during their travels, and they’ve used that knowledge to make their guests feel truly welcome at Brooklyn’s Loralei Bed & Breakfast. The Loralei B&B hosts many visitors coming to Brooklyn to see friends and family, or to explore all the great aspects of New York City.

Manhattan is just 25 minutes away via the subway – an exciting place that many of our guests come here to enjoy. New York City is a great place to visit – it’s the best and brightest its ever been.

Each of our guestrooms includes a/c, private bath, luxurious mattress and fine linens, Victorian decor and furnishings, television and cable access, wifi, and a second floor location.

Our Gramercy Suite is the home’s original, sunny master bedroom. This room has 6 tall windows on three sides, warm cherry wood floors, floor to ceiling closets, a queen bed, and Victorian furnishings. The guestroom’s private, full bathroom blends green marble, oak trim, and glass. There’s also a little sitting room next to the bedroom.

Our Sutton Room is beautifully decorated with a queen bed and three tall bay windows. The guestroom’s private, full bathroom, next to this room in the hall, is accented with white marble and red, black, and white colors. We also provide luxury guest robes.

Sutton Room guests wishing to sleep separately, can use the elegant Sutton Sitting Room across the hall for an additional fee. The Sutton Sitting Room offers a single bed, wireless internet, and television. The private full bath at the end of hall serves the two rooms of the Sutton Suite.

Coming to New York City for business or a romantic getaway? Come stay with us at Loralei B&B – the perfect place to explore Brooklyn and the rest of the Big Apple.

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A New York Sunset – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , June 1st, 2017

New York Sunset

Another busy week is coming to an end! This week, I’ve had the pleasure to add ‘serious’ room hunting to my to-do-list (as opposed to ‘casual’ room hunting the week before).

Had I not challenged myself to daily runs this month, I don’t think I’d seen much of the city in the past seven days, but these four miles a day allowed me to remember that I am in my favorite city in the world. I deliberately chose scenic running routes this week to remind me in what a stunning city I live: Bridge runs over the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge, the Prospect Park loop, and runs through some of my favorite picturesque neighborhoods, like Fort Greene and Bed-Stuy, with their beautiful brownstones.

I had to pinch myself sometimes, thinking to myself ‘I can’t believe I am living here now‘, and indulged in reading a few of my first posts about my love for New York, and how I’d been trying to figure out to spend more time here ever since my first full summer in 2014. First my extended visa, now permanent residency.. sometimes I still can’t believe that this is really happening. I’ll be reminiscing some more about how I got here in my Life Lately round-up.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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New Map of New York City’s Historic Queer Sites

Author: , May 26th, 2017

New York City Queer History

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project has produced an interactive map featuring their work to exhaustively identify and document sites in New York City pivotal to LGBT history. The project’s founders, Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley, have spent 25 years in research and advocacy and sought to contextualize events and places that had an impact on LGBT lives and progress.

Including sites such as Christine Jorgensen‘s childhood home to Julio Rivera Corner to pre-Stonewall activist gathering spaces, the Project officially began in August 2015 and actively seeks input from members of the community for suggestions and feedback. They described their mission to local NYC site DNAInfo:

Of the 92,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, about a dozen are listed for their association with LGBT history.

The historic sites project hopes to change that.

Full Story at Towleroad.com

Cherry Blossom Carpet In New York City – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 25th, 2017

Cherry Blossoms - Dani

It feels like I haven’t sat still for a minute since returning to New York. From day 1, I’ve been dealing with immigration matters, setting myself up as a ‘legal resident’, which includes things like getting a bank account, insurance and figure out how to file taxes. Then there’s the issue of finding an apartment and a part time job, which – much to my surprise – happened faster than excepted!

While I’m still officially homeless (no worries though, I don’t have to sleep on a bench in Central Park), I’ve started working, and I was lucky enough to find a job that offers me more than just part time work. Income that I need for a number of things, but I’ll get into that in more detail in my May round-up next week. Between the new job and my freelance writing work I’ve been struggling to keep the blog up and running, as you may have noticed, but I hope I’ll find a way to combine those three things when things in my new job have calmed down a little.

Luckily, I was able to enjoy a little bit of New York’s gorgeous spring weather before I started my crazy 70-hour work week, and one sunny morning my friend Kristin and I met up for a little photo shoot in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, one of my favorite green oases here in New York. We caught the tail end of the cherry blossom season and the fallen blossoms turned the ground into one massive cherry blossom carpet.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Video: New York City Gay Nightlife – Gay Star News

Author: , May 17th, 2017

New York City Gay Nightlife

New York City. The city that never sleeps. This is one of the most energetic cities in the world and offers a nightlife like no other. In NYC you can have fun around the clock. Come along with Charlie Williams (currently in Miss Saigon) as he takes you into the New York City Gay Nightlife and see why it’s great to be LGBTI in NYC.

Watch the video below:

By David Calderon – Full Story at Gay Star News