Gay New York · Attractions

Gay New York · Attractions

From the Gay Liberation monument to the Angel of the Waters in Central Park, New York City has many significant gay attractions.

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WorldPride 2019 in New York will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Just two blocks away from The Stonewall Inn in the West Village is the newly opened LGBT Center. You can go to The Center to get information about the many events taking place over Pride month in New York.

You can’t miss it as you’ll see a lot of rainbow colours. Millions of tourists will visit New York to celebrate WordPride 2019.

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lgbt center

Updated: 03-Jun-2019

208 W 13 St, NYC


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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is the heart and home of New York’s gay community. It provides many key services, including sexual health screenings, community programs and wellness events.

Over 400 community groups meet here. Check their website for more info.

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gay community centre

Updated: 01-May-2019

208 W 13th St, New York


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The Stonewall Inn was raided in 1969. Gay bars in New York were often raided but on this occasion, the patrons fought back. Protests broke out in New York the following day, kickstarting the gay liberation movement.

Ten years later a monument was built in Christopher Park by artist George Segal to mark the occasion. It’s called Gay Liberation and it depicts a gay couple and a lesbian couple. It’s one of the major LGBT+ landmarks in New York City.

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gay landmark

Updated: 24-Jun-2019

38-64 Christopher St, New York

weekday: Mon-Sun: 08:00-21:00

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Bethesda Fountain is topped by the Angel of the Waters, a great work by the lesbian sculptor Emma Stebbins, completed in 1868. It’s a major LGBT+ attraction in New York and it’s right in the heart of Central Park overlooking The Lake.

You can find out more about Emma Stebbins’ importance as a gay icon here.

Updated: 01-May-2019

72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY

weekday: Mon-Sun: 06:00-01:00

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Located on 12th Street in Manhatten, the New York City AIDS Memorial commemorates the lives of over a hundred thousand citizens who died from the disease. It was designed by the artist Jenny Holzer.

Updated: 01-May-2019

200-218 W 12th St, New York


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There are three Big Gay Ice Cream Shops in New York City. There’s one in East Village, West Village and South Street Seaport.

The Big Gay Ice Cream company began as a seasonal van in 2009. It then grew and grew, spreading throughout New York and as far as Philadelphia. The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is now a New York favourite.

East Village: 125 East 7th Street, New York NY 10009

South Street Seaport: 11 Fulton Street, New York NY 10002

West Village: 61 Grove Street, New York NY 10014

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Updated: 25-Jan-2021

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Located in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Greenwich Village, this is one of the only gay bookshops left. It was formed in 2012 on a volunteer basis.

It doesn’t just stock books. This is also a community space. There are regular events, including film screenings and discussion groups.

You’ll find it in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street.

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gay bookshop

Updated: 01-May-2019

208 W 13th St #210, New York


weekend: Mon: Closed Tues-Sun: 13:00-19:00

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This building served as the headquarters of the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA)  in the early 70s. It was for a time New York’s key LGBT political and community space. The interior was ruined in an arson attack in 1974.

Today it’s home to a Swiss Army shop. It was recently designated as an NYC landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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gay landmark

Updated: 03-Sep-2019

Wooster St, New York


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Located in Greenwich Village, Judson Memorial Church is as close a New York gets to having a gay church. This church has been advocating gay rights since the 1950s. It played a big role in the 1980s helping to provide resources to people living with HIV.

It even hosts an annual Gay Pride Sunday Service. A considerable percentage of its congregation is LGBT+.

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church

Updated: 03-Sep-2019

55 Washington Square S, New York


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The Daughters of Bilitis is a key landmark in New York’s lesbian history. The organisation was formed in San Francisco in the 1950s. Barbara Gittings, the gay rights activist, opened the New York outlet. It’s now – surprise surprise – an apartment block.

Back in the day, it hosted events, academic activities and social occasions, all geared towards lesbian liberation and community activism. Friends of Sappho can visit and pay their respects to the sisters who paved the way. So many of them were Daughters of Bilitis.

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lesbian history

Updated: 03-Sep-2019

26 Charlton Street, New York, NY


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Known as the narrowest house in NYC, the former home of LGBT writer Edna St. Vincent Millay is something of a landmark. She opened the Cherry Lane Theatre, a hub of avant-garde performance. Gay anthropologist Margaret Mead also lived here, as did the cartoonist William Steig.

It’s just 9 feet 6 inches – blink and you’ll miss it. Keep an eye out for the blue plaque. Worth a quick look if you’re strolling around the West Village.

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historic house

Updated: 03-Sep-2019

75 1/2 Bedford St, New York


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