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,

Hamilton Heights Showcases Manhattan’s Other Side

Author: , April 23rd, 2016

Hamilton Heights

Bordered by the Hudson River on the west and St Nicholas Park in the east, New York City’s Hamilton Heights is said to experience a boost in popularity with buyers and renters. It’s quiet Uptown – so quiet, in fact, you’re sometimes able to forget Hamilton Heights is indeed part of Manhattan.

Far away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, buildings made from concrete, glass and steel are far and few in between, despite a continuous influx of new renters and buyers. Old Brownstones and a fair number of landmark buildings – counting them all seems near impossible – line the streets instead, standing reminiscent of the area’s rich history.

Founding father Alexander Hamilton made the leafy-green hills of Uptown Manhattan his family’s home in 1802, moving into a mansion he called the Grange, after a family estate in Scotland.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Globetrotter Girls – The Top Five Views Over Manhattan

Author: , November 19th, 2015

Dani Manhattan

Now that I am back in New York I thought it was a good time to continue sharing some more of my favorite things to do and places worth checking out that are off NYC’s beaten tourist trails.

One of the things I get frequently asked about are my favorite places go take in a good view of or over Manhattan. A city with a remarkable skyline such as New York is basically begging to have its panoramic photo taken, and luckily there are some great spots around town where you can do exactly that. Some of these are from high above the city, most of them are free, but the one thing they all have in common: they are all worth a visit!

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City

Author: , June 4th, 2012

New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City  |  New York, United States  |  Las week I discovered a little spring/summer/autumn GEM in the heart of Manhattan, at the new NoMad Hotel. An spectacular intimate rooftop with incredible views of true NYC icons such us the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Scheduled to open June 15th, this Rooftop Restaurant will cater three course dining experiences for reduced groups. (post by Read more…

NY: Little Known Museum a Hidden Jewel

Author: , April 25th, 2012

Hispanic Society of America - New YorkSituated behind a wrought-iron gate on an attractive brick terrace in upper Manhattan, the Hispanic Society of America is an imposing museum and research library. It has a world-class collection of Iberian art that includes works from such masters as Goya, Velazquez and El Greco, and monumental sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington, the wife of the society’s founder.

Yet the 104-year-old institution in Washington Heights, just blocks from the Audubon Ballroom where Malcolm X was assassinated, is not high on the itinerary of many tourists – or even New Yorkers. Some don’t even know it exists. The Society had briefly contemplated abandoning the area for more tourist-accessible locations downtown like some of its former neighbors: the American Numismatic Society and the Museum of the American Indian. But it has resolved to stay.

It has a new advisory board and marketing strategy and a magnificent renovated gallery dedicated to 14 huge paintings by revered Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla, canvasses founder Archer Huntington commissioned in 1911 specifically for the room. Executive director Mitchell Codding said the institution’s Sorolla collection is the largest outside of Spain.

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The Mark Hotel New York City

Author: , January 20th, 2012

The Mark Hotel New York City 
|  New York, United States  |  I have just checked OUT from the beautiful and charming exclusive boutique hotel The Mark. If there is a way to describe it is… full class, welcoming, happening, fashionable and chic. 1927 landmark building at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue. Designed by Jacques Grange and with impeccable service under the perfectionist eye of luxury hotel manager Olivier Lordonnois, The Mark combines old-world comfort, avant-garde design, the latest technologies and an unprecedented level of personal service to create the finest five-star hotel of the 21st-century. I have been in New York for over seven years, and I must say that I always stick to the same hotel preferences, although The Mark is not just a hotel, it is a whole experience of great taste and class. > Check the Full Post and more at

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Mount Morris House, Manhattan

Author: , March 23rd, 2011

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

Gay Friendly New York City Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Mount Morris House, Manhattan, New YorkMount Morris House Bed & Breakfast offers luxurious gay-owned accommodations and New York’s best breakfast in a gorgeous turn-of-the-century New York townhouse.

Come stay with us in one of our spacious bedroom suites, which offer private bathrooms and separate dressing rooms, and make yourself at home in our historic New York residence with grand reception rooms and our own private garden.

Our Manhattan home waqs originally built in 1888 at the height of New York’s Gilded Age, and offers a wonderful example of that period’s splendid architecture. The luxurious, over-the-top lifestyle of New York’s wealthy at the turn of the 20th century is reflected in the building’s sumptuous materials, precious woods, intricate carvings, gilding and plaster moldings, largeliving spaces, high ceilings, any large closet spaces, and every imaginable amenity.

Located on Mount Morris Park, one of New York’s landmark neighborhoods that’s included in the National Register of Historic Places, our Manhattan bed and breakfast has been carefully restored with great respect for the original details and attention to all the modern amenities.

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Gay New York City is Non-Stop, 24-7

Author: , February 27th, 2011

Gay New York CityThe warmth of the vodka is settling nicely across my face, improving my complexion and adding a rosy pallor to my demeanor. I slide my keycard in the door and excitedly open it. A weekend in New York, how exciting, I mumble to myself privately. My brainchatter stops in mid-syllable as I drink in my temporary home: a two-story loft mini-apartment on the 18th floor of the W New York. It’s palatial!

Oh my goodness, it has two bathrooms! Look at this view! Built-in speakers connected to satellite radio throughout! Wet bar! Did someone say party?

I drop my bags and do a little jig, because I have a weekend in New York and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I used to live in Brooklyn, and left because it was a bit too much for me. Visiting for three nights is perfect – just enough time to get my fill and get out before it eats my brain.

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