By Andrew Collins. Historians have chronicled a vibrant, discernible gay scene here as far back as the s. Manhattan might be the epicenter of NYC gay life, but there's a growing gay community in the outer boroughs, especially in Brooklyn with its Park Slope neighborhood. Most visitors, however, focus their efforts on Manhattan and its world-class shopping, theater, dining, and nightlife. To varying degrees, these are all popular places for gay New Yorkers to live, work, and play. New York City's most populous borough with more than 2.
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Billyburg cuties can call this place their own. The cozy, s ski-lodge—inspired space, with two fireplaces and exposed-brick walls, is home to a friendly crowd of guys and gals chilling with nightly drink specials at the weekly DJ parties. Count on subversive drag shows all week long. This classic, no-attitude gay lounge in Chelsea has outlasted many others due to its combination of cozy couches, awesome drag shows, generous happy hours and friendly bartenders. Bushwick's thriving queer rennaissance converges at this laid-back spot, at which low-budget drag, dirty dance parties and backyard hang-outs are always going down. Grab a cheap happy hour special and sit back in the couches; you're certain to make new friends. The high-energy dance music draws a mixed, flirty crowd.
Greenwich Village is famed for its high concentration of gay bars, but a combination of rising rents, decreasing stigmas, and increased diversity in the LGBTQ scene has laid the foundation for unique gay bars to become neighborhood staples citywide. And though it may be a challenge to venture from the comfort of your neighborhood gay bar, these LGBTQ bars and clubs across the city offer some of the best queer nightlife in all five boroughs. Late-night dancing on a quiet Brooklyn street Manhattan may dominate the queer nightclub scene, but The Rosemont proves that some experiences are worth ditching the island for. The crowd often leans male, but unlike some gay-specific clubs, The Rosemont creates a welcome environment for all queer people -- enough so that their occasional Peggy parties have become a favorite in the lesbian community.
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