The Rebirth of Manhattan – Gay Star News

Author: , December 2nd, 2017

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New York City’s downtown and financial district is changing: As it inevitably would.

No one who witnessed them can forget the events of 9/11. Since that time, the area around the former World Trade Center towers has been scarred. Sixteen years on, that scar has gone some way to healing.

One World Trade Center

I first came to New York in 2002, just six months after 9/11. The WTC site was still a closed-off scene of devastation. I’ve returned every 2-3 years since. The development and rebirth has been dramatic, but moreso in the last couple of years.

New Yorkers know that life has to move on. The downtown financial district now stands in the shadows of another tower – the new One World Trade Center. The highest building in the Western hemisphere, since its opening in 2014 changes to the local area have picked up speed.

The residential population in Lower Manhattan has more than doubled since 9/11. Some big banking groups have moved out since the financial crash of 2008: all those new residents, and visitors, need places to eat, drink and shop.

By David Hudson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Manhattan Day Trip – Dolly Travels

Author: , November 25th, 2017

Manhattan Day Trips - Dolly Travels

I love to travel…everyone who knows me, knows that. How has it happened that I had never visited New York City?

Well, yesterday (Thursday, November 9), I got to enjoy a day in the Big City.

Frank and I are staying at a hotel on Long Island, as that is where all the activities around the Cradle of Aviation and the gala on Saturday night are happening.

From the advice of the hotel people and our new friends from the Museum, we took a taxi to the Westbury Station; one of the stations of the Long Island Rail Road. The train trip took about 45 minutes, letting us out at Penn Station in Downtown Manhattan.

When we emerged from the train, I was amazed at how large Penn Station is. All those trains carrying people to all the boroughs of New York. We exited the station right into the thick of things..panhandlers, myriad salespeople for the different bus trips, boat trips, different activities in the city. The tall buildings and moving billboards on the buildings. We walked along 7th Avenue, with me, looking at everything, just like a kid.

Crossing that first intersection, I had a good view of the Empire State Building. We debated about going up to the top of that building, since it was only two blocks away, but decided against that, as we had tickets for a matinee performance at one of the theaters near Broadway.

The weather was a bit nippy, but tolerable. I enjoyed the walk, seeing all the tall buildings, the Macy’s store that took up an entire block.

Who needs a newspaper? Just sit at a table in Times Square and read the news in Large Print.

Finally, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant near the theater. We had planned to have dinner later, after the performance. I just enjoyed “people watching” along the way.

We arrived at the Majestic Theater in plenty of time to find our places.

We had very good seats. This was the only photo I got of the stage. Soon, the cell phone police (the ushers) came along, pointing at cell phone offenders, to ensure that no one would photograph any of the actors or scenes.

The production was amazingly wonderful. The voices of the actors, the stage settings, all were magnificent, where we felt transported to that opera theater in Paris all those years ago.

Now, Frank and I both have the music still running through our heads.

“Just love me, that’s all I ask of you.” Or, “Music of the NIght”. Now you can have the music running through your heads, also.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable day. When we got back to Penn Station, night had fallen, but the city was definitely not dark.

That was my day in Manhattan. It was certainly a day I will remember.

Now we are back on Long Island, and we will be going to the Gala dinner and reception at the “Cradle of Aviation Museum” this evening.

I will tell you about that tomorrow.

Until then,
Ciao for now,
Dolly

Casa De Lhasa – Catskills Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Author: , October 28th, 2017

Casa De Lhasa - Catskills Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

One-of-a-kind Artist Gem, 5 acres, stream, heated pool, pet friendly, 5 min to Woodstock NY

A soulful 100-year-old house w/all the modern conveniences, Casa de Lhasa is your ideal vacation home in the Catskills. It’s on 5.5 acres with woods, lawn, mature plantings and stream by which there is seating where you can relax with your drink as you watch nature do its thing. May to September: Heated saltwater pool! And there is an outdoor fire pit to enjoy any time of the year.

The house has a fully equipped kitchen and an awesome/one of a kind dining room that can seat eight. The outside deck is furnished with large table for perfect al fresco vino ‘n mangia. There is a gas barbecue on the deck for your grilling pleasure.

The den has wood burning fireplace with a full-size sofa bed and a TV. The living room has French doors opening up to the lawn and pool. Off the living room is a study and the entrance to a fenced in yard for your two house-trained small dogs or one house-trained medium/large dog.

The three bedrooms are located upstairs. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and jetted bath tub, the South Bedroom and the Blue Bedroom with a private balcony. In all, the bedrooms can sleep up to six persons. Upstairs has AC.

Make this well-appointed, tastefully decorated house in a magical setting your happy home in the country while you enjoy the delights that Woodstock and its environs have to offer.

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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

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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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A Day in Brooklyn – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , August 19th, 2017

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It wasn’t Manhattan that made me fall for New York – it was Brooklyn that made me fall in love with the ‘Big Apple’. I had been to New York several times but it was in 2013, when I lived in Brooklyn for two months, that I fell so hard for the city that I decided I had to live in New York at some point in my life. While I had always enjoyed New York City tremendously on previous visits, it never felt like a place I’d want to call home – until the summer I spent in Brooklyn.

And since then, not only have I made Brooklyn my home, but I’ve also spent countless months exploring this massive borough, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll never be done exploring it – because there are so many different neighborhoods to see, cool spots to stumble upon and hidden gems to discover.

Over the past few years, I’ve made it a point to introduce everyone who comes to visit me in New York to Brooklyn. Sure, I get it: Manhattan is still the biggest draw for 99% of people who come to NYC, but I feel like they’re missing out on such a big part of the city when they never leave that tiny island – they should at least add a couple of stops outside of Manhattan to their itinerary. Plus: There are plenty of cheap places to stay in Brooklyn – if you are familiar with Manhattan hotel prices, you know what I’m talking about.

I’ve started to run Brooklyn tours this year which I hope I’ll be able to launch on a larger scale later this year, but for now, let me take you on a virtual tour of Brooklyn and tell you all of the reasons why it’s well worth venturing into Brooklyn for a day while you’re visiting New York.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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1840 Inn on the Main – Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

Author: , August 17th, 2017

1840 Inn on the Main - Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

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

Coming to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region? Welcome to 1840 Inn on the Main. Also known as the Alfred Morris Gifford House, the Inn has been gingerly renovated and is decorated in many period furnishings, reminiscent of the era and boasts bold, carved fireplaces and doorways in the dining room and parlors. The large foyer features a majestic oak split staircase leading to four guest rooms. An additional guest room is located on the level, which may be suitable for guests with mobility issues.

Upstairs, there is also a guest area, which has filtered water, coffee/tea, as well as sodas in the guest refrigerator.

The spacious side porch is filled with comfy wicker furniture to relax with a good book or chat with friends old and new or just unwind and enjoy the sound of the fountain in the nearby flower garden while sipping a glass of wine.

Just one mile down the road from Canandaigua Lake, the 1840 Inn on the Main is a short walk to shops, restaurants, historical sites, and a hiking/biking trail.

Other amenities Include:

  • Central A/C
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private Baths
  • Bath Products
  • Robes Available Upon Request
  • Hair dryers
  • Private Parking
  • Continental Breakfast Available for Business Travelers

There are many great things to do in the Finger Lakes, including:

  • NYS Wine and Culinary Center
  • Canandaigua Lady Paddlewheel Steamboat
  • Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum – A federal style mansion and impressive antique carriage and sleigh museum.
  • Sonnenberg Gardens – A beautiful Victorian mansion estate with over 40 acres of unique gardens
  • CMAC – an open performing arts center
  • Ontario Mall Antiques: the state’s largest antique mall.
  • Canandaigua Country Club
  • Bristol Harbour Resort
  • Bristol Mountain
  • Roseland Water Park
  • Ganondagan – a Native American community that was a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people.

Come stay with us at 1840 Inn on the Main to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Winery tours are available upon request.

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Stone House B&B – Gay Friendly Hurley, NY Bed & Breakfast

Author: , August 9th, 2017

Stone House B&B

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

The Stone House B&B at the Cornelis Kool House in Hurley, New York, is an early 18th century Hudson Valley Dutch estate, with architectural features dating back to the original Dutch settlement of the New Netherlands. Our Hudson Valley bed and breakfast is quite possibly the oldest house in New York State that you can actually stay in, dating from around 1700.

We’re nestled in the peaceful countryside of the Esopus valley, near the historic village of Hurley, a National Historic Landmark. Our Catskills area B&B ideally situated to explore both sides of the Hudson River, the Shawangunks or the Catskills.

Both Woodstock and Rhinebeck are just an eighteen minute drive away.

Explore the historic Rondout in Kingston or try a river cruise up the Hudson (a ten minute drive), discover the enchanting lighthouse at Saugerties (sixteen minutes), go antiques shopping in High Falls (twelve minutes), or take in a concert at the amazing Fisher Center at Bard College (nineteen minutes). Whatever you’re looking for, Hurley and the Hudson River Valley have a wealth of experiences to offer you.

We’re also just six minutes from the New York State Thruway and less than two hours drive from New York City – Hurley is the perfect weekend getaway from the big city.

Ech morning, we serve a a gourmet three course breakfast at the Stone House B&B. Homegrown, local and organically grown ingredients are used wherever possible. Let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions or preferences.

Each room has wifi internet access, a/c, extra fans for those hot summer days, and private, modern, spacious bathrooms (most ensuite). You’ll be welcomed to your room by fresh-cut flowers and views of the grounds and rural landscape.

The Girl with a Pearl Earring room has a large HD flatscreen TV/DVD with digital cable. All roomsEach room includes luxury Frette linens and most have four-poster canopy beds. Rooms are large and uncluttered, and all have tables and chairs, nightstands and chests of drawers/armoires. Some rooms also have sofas.

Out on the grounds of the Stone House B&B, you will find picnic tables and benches, a wooden swing seat, a herb garden and a walk through walnut trees to the Esopus creek below.

Our Hudson Valley B&B also offers a large living room with a library, and games – including a croquet set!. Tourist information, some maps, restaurant guides, and books on hiking and cycling, are provided. And there’s a guest refrigerator, as well as a coffee and tea station, just outside the breakfast room. Homemade cookies are available for your sweet tooth!

If you’re looking for a vacation or weekend getaway close to New York City but far from the urban rush, come stay with us at the Stone House B&B in historic Hurley!

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