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By @ 02/04/16 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Japan has a problem other destinations would love to have. They have a rich abundance of incredibly cool things spread throughout the country that are unique to Japan. From wild, hand-picked (and crazy expensive) green teas to delicately woven charms meant to insert in envelopes — but only for correspondence with a cheerful message — to sweet/spicy wasabi treats and much  more.

The Wonder 500 gathered 500 products from 47 prefectures and eight categories (travel, kitchenwares, housewares, stationery, interior, fashion, food and beverages) to display in an intimate venue that is open to the public (a 4 West 43rd St just west of 5th Ave). This is an opportunity to discover some of what makes Japan so special. Have some tea; try a treat; purchase a few very early Christmas presents; and escape from New  York to the Land of the Rising Sun for a delicious hour or so.

The Wonder 500™ exhibition runs from January 28th until February 9th at the Exhibition Hall at 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily, with admission free to the public. For more information, visit www.TheWonder500.com.

Photos: Above is ManAboutWorld editor in chief with Ritsuko Nakamura in a traditional kimono at the Wonder 500 in New York and below is a selection of items you will find there.

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500



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By @ 11/04/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Cyc spin class at the Row Hotel NYC, one of the boutique fitness studios in NYC

Cyc spin class at the Row Hotel NYC

Working out is an essential part of a getaway for many gay visitors. The problem in NYC is that  the hotel “gym” is often a depressing windowless room with a few treadmills and dumbbells and perhaps a Bosu ball. On your next visit, make a reservation for a high-energy class at one of these great boutique fitness studios. You’ll stay fit, burn (on average) 500 to 1,000 calories and possibly meet your next short-term boyfriend. We visited these five in Chelsea/Flatiron (the “fitness district”) and Hell’s Kitchen. Swipe all the way down for handsome local spin instructor (and actor) Jared Poulin’s top tips for visitors preparing for a new fitness class.

Flywheel Chelsea 

Cost: $34

Premise: Cycling class with precise measurement of effort and displayed real-time results to increase motivation

Flywheel Sports integrates technology in the form of an accurate mechanism describing  torque (resistance) and RPMs (revolutions per minute). An opt-in system allows you to compare your performance to others in the class on an overhead screen, which stimulates a competitive boost. Mid-way through class participants use weights for upper body. Instructors are all well-trained; though we like Jared Poulin’s class. Check his top tips for preparing for a class by swiping to the bottom of this article. Flywheel provides clip-in shoes, towels, water bottles and fruit.

Exhale Spa Flatiron/Chelsea
Cost: $37

Premise: Core Fusion Extreme: the fat-blasting, muscle-sculpting, high intensity interval training workout

This is the most intense of all the (very intense) classes we experienced. The fitness studio is divided into five sections with five stations at each section; 25 participants move through each station twice with two sets per station. Do the math. It’s insane. The instructors somehow manage to keep an eagle eye on each participant while coordinating the entire overall class. Bring your own water. Towels provided. Have a friend pick you up after: You may be a bit wobbly.

CYC Fitness at Row NYC 

Cost: $28

Premise: High-energy, highly-trained “cycologists,” (instructors), amazing music and lights

Cyc instructors are fit, energetic and attentive. The pulsating music and lighting are coordinated to maximize motivation of cyclists. Mid-way through class participants use weights for upper body. We were spoiled by Flywheel’s technology so the one drawback is not knowing your exact torque and RPMs but you will exit the studio sweaty and happy. Hop upstairs to City Kitchen’s multiple food stalls  for a post-workout calorie binge. Cyc provides clip-in shoes, towels and water bottles.

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By @ 10/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Gay destintation update includes the new Whitney Museum in New York

The Whitney, New York

Every issue of ManAboutWorld is packed full of essential and inspiring travel information including City Seen, a round-up of new (or new to us) hotels, restaurants, attractions and events brought to us from global gay destinations by our correspondents.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
The first of a new Hyatt lifestyle brand that aims to be at the center of where you want to be, the 257-room hotel set in a historic building stakes its claim in Chicago’s premier business district. It couldn’t be more perfectly placed if we picked it ourselves. Oh, that’s right, we did. From museums and architecture boat tours to the Magnificent Mile and every kind of restaurant you can imagine — the Windy City is yours for the taking. The renovated 1920s-era Art Deco skyscraper (with some stunning views) offers bright, modern rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Upgrade for a city view room with separate sitting area. Hotel amenities include a decent fitness center, the Cochon Volant (flying pig) French restaurant, with a casual yet crisp air, a bakery and a rooftop bar with fab views.

— Rich Martino

DALLAS, TEXAS Cafe Momentum
For a unique dining experience that will also make you feel good about yourself, head over to Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant designed to provide troubled youth with valuable skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce and teach them responsibility, hopefully setting them on the right path for the future.  Under the guidance of Chef Eric Shelton, the “interns” here work as servers, dishwashers, cooks, and even do the laundry for the clothes worn here by the workers.  Not only is this place a great opportunity to see some terrific service to the community in action, but the food is good too!

Michael Verdirame

MIAMI, FLORIDA 1 Hotel South Beach 
Opened amid a flurry of new hotel brand launches around the world, 1 Hotel South Beach has been living up to its hype and has been garnering a lot of favorable press and attention among hotel critics and guests alike. This months-old oceanfront resort boasts spacious, light-drenched rooms (700 square feet on average) and an eco-consciousness baked into its DNA: the very comfortable mattresses are hemp-blend, there is a fleet of electric Teslas at your disposal (distance parameters apply), there are no bottled waters or disposable shampoo bottles and the entry key is made of wood! Also in tune with the major hotel trend of experiential travel, you’ll find a range of experiences on offer from kayaking in a nearby mangrove (which we did … it was amazing!) to stargazing and more. Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft restaurant is delicious and well worth visiting even if you don’t stay at the hotel. Hotel development plans call for an 18,000-square-foot fitness center and a spa.

Ed Salvato 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Whitney Museum of American Art
My god, where do we start? The Whitney is a triumph of art and architecture and it represents an emphatic exclamation point on the development of a part of town that was once best known for its slaughterhouses. The Meatpacking district’s cobblestone streets are now dotted by chic boutiques, tony bistros, camera-toting tourists and the starting point of the fabulous High Line elevated park. The industrial-looking Whitney sits at the very beginning of the High Line and offers views from every level of the museum both inside and outside. The art is, of course, simply stunning. The current exhibit, America Is Hard to See, includes a who’s who of modern American art works from the early 1900s through the present, opening with one of Marsden Hartley’s iconic images of gay love and war. Start on the 8th floor and make your way down to the 5th floor via the stairs to enjoy the unexpected views from each level. Check this link out for free tours.

Billy Kolber 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Cockscomb Restaurant
Open since December 2014 and set in a former shoe factory in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, the suggestively named restaurant is the brainchild of Top Chef winner and James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Cosentino along with partner Oliver Wharton (who’s known for his nightlife-related projects in Las Vegas). Bring your carnivore friends. You’ll find meat-centric fare with a Spanish accent and lots of pork dishes like crispy pig’s ear and wood oven-roasted pig’s head and more daring offerings like sweetbreads and bone marrow and offal. We love the exposed concrete walls and high ceilings and the local artwork though it can be a bit loud when it’s crowded, which is like every night. But that’s ok. Start with a Negroni aperitif and work your way through some of the fabulous Spanish wines on offer and you will become one with the joyful din. After, head over to one of the many gay bars clustered in the SoMa area including Powerhouse on the weekends (if you’re feeling naughty).

Kenny Porpora

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By @ 10/01/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine.

Owner Will Guidara and Chef Daniel Humm get an early call from Michelin.

The New York Times today released the 2015 Michelin-stars, highlighting the very best in haute cuisine throughout the city. restaurant powerhouses like Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Masa, Jean-Georges, and the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare were among the big winners, retaining their three-star status (the highest honor you can receive.)

The Modern, the sleek restaurant inside the Museum of Modern Art, was boosted from one-star to two, and more the sixty restaurants received one star throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The article said, “The rankings are to be announced Wednesday night at a reception at the Manhattan Classic Car Club. (Michelin is a tire company, after all.) Unlike in past years, Michelin declined to release the ratings to reporters under a news embargo to help them prepare for the announcement. But those grand plans took a detour, as several restaurants, informed of their awards, posted the news on Twitter and other social media. So Michelin agreed to release the news in the afternoon.

The Michelin Guide New York City 2016, which lists nearly 900 restaurants, goes on sale Thursday for $18.99. For the complete ranking:michelinmedia.com.”

For more about where to stay, eat, and what to do, download ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription.



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By @ 09/17/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Belvedere Castle: designed in 1869 by Calvert Vaux (co-designer of Central Park.

An aerial view of the Belvedere Castle, designed in 1869 by Calvert Vaux.

Ask a traveler to name the best neighborhood and New York and they’ll rattle off a few familiar names — the West Village is usually high on the list, Chelsea, too, SoHo for the rich and fashionable, and Williamsburg for the hipsters. We know Brooklyn is for the cool kids and Hell’s Kitchen is for the gay boys. They each have their share of culture and performances, restaurants and cozy cafes, and some are renowned for the gay life. But what if there was a ‘hood in NYC that had it all, plus enough nature to make you forget you were living in a labyrinth of steel ad concrete?



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By @ 07/08/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Amazing NYC views at Kimpton in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

View from “Heaven over Hell” suite

Today we had a tour of the new “Heaven over Hell” suite/function area at the top of the Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel with amazing views of NYC (and specifically Hell’s Kitchen, hence the name of the suite). With no tall buildings near the hotel, the views are unobstructed and  sweeping. These are westward-facing views but there are also views north, south and west towards the Hudson River and New Jersey. The suite is a splurge of course but suitable for a wedding celebration and honeymoon or other special event. (DDTI*: Daily dose of travel inspiration.)

Ink48 is also rolling out a new room product, a light, airy update on its current look and feel. Think Miami-esque white versus the current more New York-y red-and-brown palette in the rooms now. More on that later this fall.

Amazing NYC views at Kimpton in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 01/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Mary Lou Williams at the piano at Cafe Society in 1944

Our friend Andrew Lear wrote this fun and interesting piece on his new Oscar Wilde tour of New York:

New York is truly one of the great gay cities. Ever since the days before the Civil War, when Walt Whitman hung out with his Bohemian friends at Pfaff’s Beer Cellar at Broadway and Bleecker, it has been a major center of gay life. It is true that the city often tried to repress it, but since the late 19th century, the city has had drag shows and gay baths and bars and cafés which, if not exactly gay, tolerated openly gay behavior—or even used it as an attraction for customers. And the city has been a mecca for gay people from other, more repressive parts of America and home to an astonishing list of famous and fascinating LGBT personalities and talents, from Whitman to Bessie Smith to Cole Porter, Rudi Nureyev, Andy Warhol, and so on.

 



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By @ 01/21/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine

Ed Salvator, Editor-in-Chief of Man About World magazine, to speak at New York Times Travel Show

Catch our editor in chief Ed Salvato moderating the LGBT panel he creates for the show every year. Or catch him on the U.S. State Department panel on travel safety. Or catch him in the “Meet the Expert” booth where he’ll personally answer your burning travel questions. The New York Times Travel Show is this Saturday, January 24th at the Javitz Center. It’s ginormous, so be sure to plan time to walk the show floor too. ManAboutWorld is a media partner, so we can hook you up with a $3 discount — instructions below.

  • 1:00 pm. Ed moderates  a panel “L.G.B.T. Travel: Hot Cruises, Events
    and Destinations for 2015” which he assembled and which includes LGBT travel experts Merryn Johns, Jeff Guaracino,  Zachary Moses and Bob Witeck. Room 1E10.
  • 2:00pm. Ed is available one-on-one to answer your travel questions. Look for him in the “Meet the Expert” area Exhibition, Booth #939
  • 4:00 pm, Ed will participate in a panel organized by the U.S. State Department: “U.S. Travelers: Smart, Savvy and Safe.” Room 1E13.

For $3 off your registration, click the Registration link: then click on consumer tab and enter discount code:  SPKR

 

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By @ 06/28/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Adelman, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

nycSo many prides so little time. Earlier today we posted about World Pride Toronto. Post and photo submitted by ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Adelman.

New York City Pride (or as we like to call it, Gay New Year!) officially launched last night at BPM Nightclub at 516 West 42nd Street.  With so many parties to choose from this weekend, our advice is to pick one event each day and stick it out.  Club jumping through New York City during Gay Pride weekend can be both exhausting and expensive.  Friday night alone, there were at least three massive parties from which to choose: Room Service America in in the Flatiron neighborhood, PAPA near Columbus Circle, and Click, the “Official” NYC Pride event, at BPM Nightclub in Hell’s Kitchen.  With the lights of Times Square and Broadway in distance, BPM was calling our names and did not disappoint.

When only half-filled, BPM can lack energy, but this massive venue really shines during Pride when it’s packed with an international crowd of shirtless muscle boys.  We have always been impressed with BPM’s huge dance floor, pulsating lights, and, of course, its gorgeous bathroom (always a scene!).  This venue is custom made for large crowds of sweaty men getting down to EDM so this weekend really is the best time to check it out.  

If you are visiting New York City from out of town, there are few better places to make new friends than in the chatty “smoking section” that pours out of the club onto 42nd Street.  If you need to cool off after dancing, cruise down 9th Avenue between 42nd and 57th street.  This part of Hell’s Kitchen is quintessential New York, lined with restaurants, pizzerias, corner bodegas, and many of the city’s most popular gay watering holes.  Happy Pride!  

Download the guide for free here but hurry! This special only lasts till Monday.



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By @ 06/04/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

460x285MAWbannerClick here to claim your ManAboutWorld New York City guide, and enjoy our savvy, opinionated, inspired and gay travel information and inspiration. For the month of June, it’s free, in partnership with NYC & Company. You’ll find our take on New York’s neighborhoods and our “Perfect New York Days” capturing the best of what’s 

  • Gay
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  • Hipster and
  • Cultured

in the city. We’ve added specific guides for accommodations, dining, nightlife and outdoor fun. We have a guide to the city’s top tourist attractions, giving you the inside track to skipping lines and saving dough. And we’ll take you on a culinary world tour within the city limits, exploring the multi-cultural heritage that continues to define this great city.

Whether you’re coming here for NYC Pride or any one of a million other reasons, you’ll find the information you need for a perfect stay.

What are you waiting for? Take a delicious (free!) bite of the Big Apple  here.

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By @ 05/20/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

6870746593_37eb94cfb9_zJune is a big month for Pride around the world but one of the biggest and best celebrations is right in New York. Let’s not forget it all started here back in June 1969, too, with the Stonewall Riots, which kicked off a global LGBT movement that keeps growing. ManAboutWorld’s soon-to-be-released May issue has an insider’s guide to NYC Pride as well as five others we think you’ll love. If you’re a subscriber stay tuned for a notification in your iPad or Android tablet. If you don’t subscribe, click here for a special all-access offer.

For a line up of NYC pride events, visit the Heritage of Pride website.

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By @ 04/21/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeffrey James Keyes, ManAboutWorld, New York, Parting Shots, Travel
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Photo: Jeffrey James Keyes

Our Global Correspondent Jeffrey James Keyes moved to New York the moment he turned 18 and never looked back. Sixteen years later, he is a playwright, travel writer, and photographer currently living in the Big Apple. He currently contributes to ManAboutWorld, Metrosource Magazine, Instinct, The Luminesce, Queerty, and GayCities and has had plays developed and produced in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. We spoke to him about his passion for travel, and we selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love to travel?

Travel was never an option when I was growing up. The furthest trip I took when I was a child was to my family’s farm near Ashland in Northern Wisconsin. In high school I was able to participate in a foreign exchange program and studied in Offenbach, Germany. Upon returning from Europe I became stir crazy and saved every penny so I would be able to travel and see the world. I applied for every grant and program, even working with the church by teaching vacation Bible school in the Caribbean and building orphanage floors in the mountains of Guatemala. I’ve grown to feel a bit like Juliette Binoche in the film Chocolat, whenever I am in one place for too long I feel the need to hop on a plane and immerse myself into another world. Unlike Binoche in the film, I’ve set my anchor down in New York City and call it my home. Being able to travel, write about my adventures, and share my pictures through my editorial work is an extraordinary opportunity. Through working in LGBT media I’m able to share information about safe and welcoming destinations and offer advice as to how to curate a much-needed vacation. I share the stories of the people I encounter and pass on something.



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By @ 04/19/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

We released our latest issue, a New York takeover. If you’re planning on visiting the Big Apple for Pride or any other reason, download this month’s issue. If you’re a local, guaranteed you’ll discover sides of New York you never knew existed. Click the cover above; we dare you not to sing along. You know you want to.

Subscribers: Tap on the ManAboutWorld app and tap download to read all about it. Non-subscribers: Click here and start your New York journey.

 

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By @ 04/19/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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It’s finally here….

Our New York issue is live! The ultimate insider guide to the greatest city in the world is now available to download on iPad and Android tablet, featuring the different faces of the Big Apple that make it the most diverse and dynamic city on Earth: the classic gentleman, the Williamsburg hipster, the culture snob, the trendy scenester, and of course, the gay man.

Learn how to dine around the world within the five boroughs, discover the hidden gems and the secret tips that only a local would know, and get full access to the only hotels, restaurants, and clubs we use.

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By @ 04/18/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel, United States

Central Park/Great Lawn, Sep 2013 - 03This scene of the plush and verdant Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park looks almost like it was stolen from the Scottish Highlands. That’s the thing about New York: one minute your surrounded by soaring steel and glass skyscrapers and honking taxis puffing out exhaust, and the next, you’re nestled away in a quiet garden in the shadow of a centuries-old miniature castle. You can be anything you want in New York: the gentleman in a tuxedo strolling Madison; the hipster in skinny jeans sipping organic coffee in Williamsburg; the wide-eyed tourist in Times Square snapping photographs; the cool downtown kid dancing ’til 4am at some warehouse party; or the outdoorsy athlete, hiking his way through bucolic pastures of the city’s many parks.

In our April issue, we explore the inside track to all the faces of New York. So no matter which New York you are, we’ve got you covered.

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By @ 04/17/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Vinicius Salles. Punchdrunk. The Drowned Man A Hollywood Fable. Photo Birgit & Ralf (0300)We know we’re a tad prejudiced but we love New York. Most of our team was born here and most call the Big Apple  home. Let us share it with you in our soon-to-be-released April issue which is bursting with some of the freshest, most original and insider-y New York City trip-planning information you will ever find. Even locals will discover a different side of New York. Subscribers will be notified when the issue is available for download. Not a subscriber? You’ll want to rectify that! (Click here for a special offer.)

Photo credit: Vinicius Salles. Punchdrunk. The Drowned Man A Hollywood Fable. Photo Birgit & Ralf (0300) — one of our many recommendations.



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By @ 04/15/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Marrriott Central PK BLDG2_810 Reflect LOThe ManAboutWorld team has been very busy this month working on our (almost) “all New  York City” issue, a deep dive into the best of the Big Apple. We discovered some fabulous and surprising venues, including drop-dead views from the new Courtyard Marriott/Residence Inn located between Central Park and Hell’s Kitchen, pictured above. Almost all units have some sort of cool NYC view sweeping from the George Washington Bridge to the World Trade Center. For more of our discoveries just download the latest issue and swipe your way to your best NYC trip ever. If you don’t subscribe, what are you waiting for? Click here for a special offer.

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By @ 04/12/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

3662651926_d7da13a9ed_zFinally, spring has arrived in New York City after a bitch of a winter. Here’s a photo of the High Line elevated park in Chelsea from our last Big Apple-themed issue (summer 2012). Very soon we will release our updated all-NYC issue. Till then, enjoy this daily dose of travel inspiration.

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By @ 04/10/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

newyorkrevisitedThere is perhaps no city on Earth more photogenic than New York. In honor of our epic, upcoming Big Apple issue, we found this striking image of the Brooklyn Bridge on a rainy, overcast morning to be apropos. For an insider’s experience through the many faces of New York City, sign-up for a free trial here.

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By @ 01/24/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaysha/516818391

Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaysha/516818391

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

The Super Bowl kicks off in New Jersey and close to New York City on Sunday, February 2nd.

More than one billon people will tune in to the see the Super Bowl. Don’t have tickets to the game? New York will be hosting dozens of Super Bowl viewing parties at city bars, hotels and restaurants.

There are a series of official weeklong events that kick off on Monday, January 27th with the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular,” a free, ticketed event with performances by Daughtry and Goo Goo Dolls and the Macy’s Fireworks show. The kickoff event, the first to ever be associated with a Super Bowl, will be along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For all the official information on the Super Bowl, visit www.nynjsuperbowl.com.



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