Gay New York
Have you ever experienced gay New York? For example, have you ever had gay New York ice cream? Or, have you ever been to a gay New York Museum? If not, it’s time to get started!
This East Village ice cream shop was founded after the wild success of its predecessor, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. One of many upscale food trucks that hit New York’s streets in the past several years, this gay New York City icon offers unique flavors including the salted dulce de leche (“salty pimp”) have made a name for Doug Quint and his partner Bryan Petroff. The permanent East Village Location often has a line in front, and the truck can still be seen selling ice cream around the city .
125 E 7th St
The first museum dedicated to the gay and lesbian community in history, the Leslie-Lohman Museum maintains a permanent collection and and presents several exhibitions each year. The museum also has a library of more than 2,000 volumes for public browsing.
Tue–Sun noon–6pm; free.
26 Wooster St
This popular Tuesday hangout draws art students, transsexuals, fashion stars and occasionally even Lena Dunham (writer/director of “Girls”). It has been compared to Studio 54, if that tells you anything.
Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
75 Clarkson St.
Scissor Sundays at the Rusty Knot
Lesbian icon J. D. Samson co-founded this mixed event last June. Following the example of successful afternoon parties on Fire Island, she gets things going early enough to showcase the sunset, of which the Rusty Knot has a perfect view.
Sundays at 4 p.m.
425 West St.
Penthaus at Copacabana
Penthaus at Copacabana started its weekly gay party in 2011 and has been going strong ever since. The glass-encased roof features three bars, a retractable roof and bottle service, though all of this is background noise to the giant dance floor.
Fridays at 11 p.m.
760 Eighth Ave.
Ever since it changed ownership and was turned over to promoter Michael Cohen and publicist-D.J. Mark Holcomb last year, Phoenix has been the place to go on Friday nights. Join the young fashion and creative crowd for top 40 dancing, but wear your best, it’s a tough door.
Fridays at 10 p.m.
447 E. 13th St.
The only lesbian party on our list, The Dalloway hosts stylish lesbians every day of the week for dinner and drinks, though Thursday is really the night to be seen. Owners Kim Stolz(of America’s Next Top Model) and Amanda Leigh Dunn(of the Real L Word) bring in the lipstick lesbians and parade around like only reality show participants would.
525 Broome St.