Category Archives: New York

By @ 10/24/17 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, New York

Halloween Parade in New York and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineHalloween is gay Christmas—a veritable holy day for a large portion of the LGBTQ community. When the Village Halloween Parade started in 1974, the Stonewall Riots had recently happened and queer people were gaining visibility in a new way. While mainstream culture wanted LGBTQ people to stay quiet, the community wanted to get loud. And what’s louder than an unruly queer Halloween parade? Ever since, the parade has been the City’s most over-the-top costume party.

So here’s how to do Halloween in New York City the right way. You’ll need to know where to party and how to recover once it’s all over, and we’re here to help.

Getting in the Spirit

Before the parties and the costumes, you have to set the mood. Luckily, a city like New York has so much history that it’s bound to come with a few ghosts…if you know where to look. The “House of Death,” for instance, on West 10th Street in the Village, is an old brownstone that is often considered the most haunted place in NYC with residents claiming ghost sightings that go back decades. Then there’s the Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street, famous for being the site of many celebrity deaths: the poet Dylan Thomas and Sid Vicious’ girlfriend Nancy Spungen both died here. Back in the Village, there have also been rumblings of the Gay Street Phantom, a cloaked figure that may be a socialite from the Prohibition era when a popular speakeasy was located at 12 Gay Street. We can’t say for sure the ghost is gay, but any supernatural being who goes by the name of the Gay Street Phantom is at least questioning. (For other ghostly locations, see NYCgo’s guide to haunted New York City.)

Ghost Tours

If you don’t want to go looking for ghosts yourself, you can hire a tour guide to do it for you. The two-hour Greenwich Village Ghost Tour takes you through the historic Village tracking ghost sightings, murder scenes and burial grounds. Even spookier is the Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park in Queens. The Urban Park Rangers give you lanterns to explore Water Battery Gate in the dark while sharing spooky stories.

Stonewall Happy Hour and Costume Party

OK, so you’ve set the tone and heard some ghostly tales. The Halloween weekend is here and you’re ready to party! We suggest you start where it all started—The Stonewall Inn. On October 29, they’re hosting a Halloween happy hour and costume party that shouldn’t be missed. The very talented Veronica Scorcia and The Cake Boys will perform, with a costume contest and raffle for prizes. It’s a great chance to visit this landmark of LGBTQ history and see it at its most fun and carefree.

Biggest Gay Halloween Party

On the Saturday before Halloween, set sail on a three-hour midnight cruise aboard the Haunted Ghost Ship. You’ll dance in the shadows of the skyline to DJ Danny Verde, and you can enter a massive costume contest. The ship offers dramatic views of the City, plenty of heated indoor space and special features like a full laser/EDM show.

LGBTQ Halloween in New York and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Night Of

You’ve got your costume (something Game of Thrones, perhaps?); now you need to show it off. The classic Village Halloween Parade is the place to see and be seen on Halloween. It started small back in 1974 and now has some 50,000 people jammed into the Village to see revelers and paradegoers in their best creepy outfits. The parade takes place Halloween night from 7 to 10:30pm, running up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to West 16th Street.

Take Wednesday Off

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year. That really isn’t fair. May we suggest you take the next day off for recovery? Your morning-after hangover could be intense and, according to science, there’s only one cure: carbs! And nobody does carbs like Rosemary’s in the West Village. This gay-popular Italian spot does an excellent breakfast full of pastries, croissants and pancakes; for lunch there are panini and pastas. And there should be plenty of cute guys to ogle.

Heeling Power

And you thought going as a slutty nurse for the third year in a row was a good idea! Turns out 18 hours in heels can be rough. But this is why spas were invented. When our bodies need some serious care and rejuvenation, we disappear into the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Battery Park for its experienced therapists who perform a wide variety of massage, facial and body treatments. It’s one of our favorite New York day spas.

Shhh…

After a long weekend of crowded streets, packed bars and sharing a hotel room with five of your best buddies, you just might need some peace and quiet. To get away from it all, we like to go way uptown to The Met Cloisters, a beautiful museum featuring medieval art in a rebuilt monastery and serene gardens near Washington Heights. Or you can take a peaceful stroll through the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Neither will be overly crowded on a weekday, and each offers a gorgeous respite to the hectic “holiday” weekend you’ve just survived. You’ll be guaranteed some silence.

Photos: Top Arbolito via Flickr; middle Istolethetv via Flickr

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This article originally appeared on NYCGo.com. ManAboutWorld is a proud partner of NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City.

 



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By @ 01/25/17 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel, Travel Show

 This is the LGBT travel panel dream team appearing at the New York Times Travel Show on on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pmManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the New York Times Travel Show on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pm. (More information here.)

All are welcome! This session is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel. Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

Register here for a ticket and use promo code LGBT for FREE entrance!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:
• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

The LGBT travel dream team!

Travel experts include: Kelli Carpenter, co-founder, R Family Vacations; Merryn Johns, editor in chief, Curve Magazine; Jeff Guaracino, columnist, Windy City Times and Philly Gay news and Michael Rizzi, YouTube Content Creator.

*Ed Salvato and Jeff Guaracino book-signing to follow at the onsite Bookstore. They are authors of the forthcoming Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

This is the LGBT travel panel dream team appearing at the New York Times Travel Show on on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pm

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By @ 05/13/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
OutRight International and ManAboutWorld travel auction

The U.N.

For the third year in a row, ManAboutWorld is organizing a travel auction for Celebration of Courage, by OutRight International (Formerly IGLHRC), to support their grassroots efforts to promote human rights for everyone, everywhere. 

OutRight is one of the most worthy, committed and effective global LGBT organizations we know. And we are passionate about what they do. The first two auctions we organized raised over $10,000 in total. This year we hope to exceed that. Check out all the goodies we assembled here, totally over $26,000 in value! If you haven’t bought your tickets, click here.

The event will be held this year at the United Nations on May 16 with host Alan Cumming and special guest: Indian Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil. It attracts a few hundred people but it’s a sophisticated audience, a real who’s who of NYC LGBT philanthropy.

OutRight International

When: Monday, May 16, 2016
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations

U.N. Headquarters, Visitor’s Entrance, First Avenue & 45th Street, New York City

We hope you will join us for this year’s Celebration of Courageinside the exclusive Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations. We will be joined by Alan Cumming and India’s Crown Prince Manvedra Singh Gohil to honor the fearless work of Arus Pelangi, one of Indonesia’s leading LGBTI organizations, as well as present our 2016 Human Rights Awards.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with majestic views of the East River and the newly renovated United Nations headquarters, and listen to a special performance from Broadway’s number one musical, Fun Home.

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Hosted By:

Alan Cumming
Actor, artist and activist

crown prince manvendra singh gohil

Special Guest:

Indian Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil
The Lakshya Trust, an HIV and LGBTIQ rights charity (featured recently in theHuffington Post).



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By @ 02/17/16 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Monaco, New York, Travel
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

With a population of plus or minus 38,000 souls Monaco takes New York, population 8.4 million and the Big Apple swoons. Monaco, an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline, showcases its rich heritage from now through February 21. If you’re curious about this beautiful Principality and you’re in New York, this is a perfect opportunity to experience Monaco’s culture, which is surprisingly broad and deep for such a small destination.

The main act is Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performing Cinderella at New York City Center, accompanied by an exhibit of behind-the-scenes photographs at the New York Headquarters of the auction house, Christie’s, and a culinary week highlighting the Principality’s cuisine with Monaco’s visiting chef Paolo Sari at Circo and Le Cirque restaurants. Other details released by the Consulate General of Monaco follow.

Cinderella at New York City Center
Led by talented director-choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs its mesmerizing modern rendition of Prokoviev’s Cinderella at New York City Center:

Thursday, February 18 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Individual tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at 131 West 55th Street, by phone at City Tix on (212) 581 1212 or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

On Thursday, February 18, Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco co-host an opening night VIP experience featuring tickets to

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

Cinderella followed by an exclusive cocktail reception under the patronage of Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States. Guests can mingle with members of Les Ballets’ company and feast on organic treats prepared by Monaco’s Chef Paolo Sari. The Opening Night Experience package is $300 per person and may be purchased online at www.monaco-nyc.com. Space is extremely limited. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Flavors of Monaco
Between Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20, Circo and sister-restaurant Le Cirque will partner with Monte-Carlo SBM to host Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach whose restaurant, Elsa, is the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.

Chef Sari will apply his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe 100% organic menus – lunch and dinner at Circo; 6-course degustation dinner only at Le Cirque.

  • Circo, 120 West 55th Street, (212) 286 3636, reservations@circonyc.com, www.circonyc.com
  • Le Cirque, 151 East 58th Street, (212) 644 0202, reservations@lecirque.com, www.lecirque.com

Photos: Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (C) A. Blangero

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By @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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By @ 01/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

NY Times Travel ShowFREE TICKET!  Register here for a free ticket (save $20!). Use code LGBT. The panel takes place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 12:15pm at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. It’s very easy to reach via the 7 subway line and other means. The show normally costs $20 but this pass will get you in to the NY Times Travel Show for free both days. See, it pays to be LGBT! 🙂

Find more information about the panel here.

FROM THE NY TIMES TRAVEL SHOW: All are welcome! This session is designed for L.G.B.T. travelers as well as their travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel.

Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and L.G.B.T. family travel. Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. The panel has collectively been on all seven continents and visited over 100 countries as out gay and lesbian travelers. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss! NY Times Travel Show.

 



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By @ 11/06/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Warwick Rowers at an OutThere Great Britain party in Manhattan and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Warwick Rowers

The Warwick Rowers, invited by Great Britain tourism to celebrate a collaboration with OutThere Magazine, flew to an event in New York City on Thursday, November 5. We had to share this photo from the event.

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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 @ 07/30/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Cecil, the beloved lion of Zimbabwe, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Cecil, the beloved lion of Zimbabwe

Can’t help but think of Cecil. This Saturday, “filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, will project digital light images of endangered species onto the building in an art event meant to draw attention to the creatures’ plight and possibly provide footage for a coming documentary,” said The New York Times. The light show is this Saturday night, from 9pm-12am, on southern facade of Empire State Building.

We were so saddened to learn about the death of Cecil, the beloved, 13-year-old lion famous to visitors of the Hwange National Park in western. Cecil was allegedly killed by a Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who is said to have paid $55,000 to hunt the animal. Reports say Cecil was found skinned and beheaded after the hunt.

Palmer has since incurred a whirlwind of Internet backlash, threatening Tweets, negative Yelp reviews, and protests outside his dental practice, which he has closed for a number of days. While we don’t support internet shaming; we do support conservation; this dentist’s action seem questionable but in some instances legal trophy hunting helps preserve endangered animals.

Those interested in learning more about human beings contribution to the extinction of endangered species, we recommend the Pulitzer Prize -winning book “The Sixth Extinction,” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

ManAboutWorld: Check out our unique digital gay travel magazine for way more than this “Cecil” honorary light show … for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp 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, get illuminated.
Photo credit: Vince O’Sullivan



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By @ 07/30/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

La Guardia Airport redesigned, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineIs it time to rename La Guardia airport? With the proposed (much-needed and long-overdue) re-do of La Guardia, today’s New York Times asks this timely question:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has declared that the $4 billion rebuilding planned at La Guardia Airport in Queens will amount to replacing the airport “in its entirety.”

So is it time, after 76 years, to replace the name, too?

It was the first airport in New York City proper and a marvel at the time of its opening. Today the airport is dated, crowded and inadequate.

Is there any queer name that might make sense? How about Amelia Earhart? Or perhaps Ed Koch? Maybe name it for the grandfather of gay travel, Hanns Ebensten. Or maybe something else. Let us know if you have any ideas via the Facebook link below.

ManAboutWorld: Check out our unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. You can read us on 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, download us…. we’re waiting for you!

Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo



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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

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By @ 06/25/15 in Billy Kolber, Gay pride, Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, London, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

16061907243_28142df2fd_zGay Pride is simply bursting around the world as you can see in these photos:

  • Rainbow-wrapped double-decker bus in London (above)
  •  Our very own publisher Billy Kolber on a rainbow bedecked Citi Bike (below top)
  • A gay crosswalk in West Hollywood (below middle)
  • The London Eye bathed in gay lights  (bottom)

And just imagine how much pride is really going to gush in the event of a favorable ruling on marriage equality in the U.S. by the Supreme Court expected tomorrow or Monday.

Gay pride rainbow wrapped Citi Bike in London as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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rainbow eye

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp 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 @ 06/21/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

IMG_4581The new Whitney Museum is a masterpiece. The building is cool in an industrial sort of way with drop-dead views from multiple outdoor spaces and well-placed windows; big open spaces housing some of the world’s greatest modern art; and several places to pick up cute, artsy gifts or have some very good food, wine or coffee.

And it was built over the southernmost entrance of the High Line, elevated park in the heart of the Meatpacking district with its chic boutiques, cool restaurants, hip hotels and animal slaughterhouses! It does’t get better than this. Check it out at your first opportunity, especially to see the current exhibit, TK, which has taken over the entire museum.

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  • Start on the 8th floor and make your way to the 5th. It’s in chronological order.
  • Take the cool Artschwager elevators or the stairway, which offers even more cool views.
  • Friday night at 7pm, pay as much (or as little as you like. The line starts forming by 6pm

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp 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 @ 06/18/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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Check us out on their website, NYCGo.com (screenshot above). Download this free app for access to a bike guide with itineraries and the inside scoop on where to go, eat and shop in the City. We are excited about our collaboration with NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.

Get it here:

 



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By @ 06/17/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
The LGBT Rainbow Flag

The LGBT Rainbow Flag

In time for gay pride, this timely news item came across our desk from MoMa, The Museum of Modern Art:

MoMA has acquired the iconic Rainbow Flag into its design collection, where it joins similarly universal symbols such as the @ sign, the Creative Commons logo, and the recycling symbol. The announcement was made today by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Michelle Millar Fisher, Curatorial Assistant, in the Department of Architecture and Design, in a blog post featuring an interview with Gilbert Baker, the artist who created the original flag in San Francisco in 1978. 

More MoMA

Photo: The Rainbow Flag waving in the wind at San Francisco’s Castro District. Photo: Benson Kua. Image used through Wikimedia Commons

 

http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2015/06/17/moma-acquires-the-rainbow-flag

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By @ 05/27/15 in Gay travel, Jeffrey James Keyes, ManAboutWorld, New York, Parting Shots, Travel
La Recoleta Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Buenos Aires

Cemeteries are the subject of the Parting Shots section of this month’s issue of the magazine. Here are a few of our favorite shots. Story and photos by Jeffrey James Keyes

  1.   Why do you check out cemeteries when you travel?

I think some of the most incredible artwork can be found in cemeteries, I love seeing how some are well maintained and others have the feel of a secret garden, like you’ve stumbled into some storybook garden with trees and vines growing over the statues and graves. All cemeteries have the same peaceful vibe, it automatically grounds me and reminds me that life is fleeting. Whenever I leave a cemetery I feel slightly recharged, like I’m ready to live and tackle the world.

  1. Do you travel to places you know will have cemeteries or do you simply check out cemeteries when you find them?

I often investigate if there is an interesting cemetery whenever I travel and to my best to make it there. El Cementerio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires is listed in all the travel books because it’s where Eva Peron rests in her family mausoleum. I always seem to stumble on cemeteries wherever I go, and make an effort to go in and take a walk. You never know who you’re going to “run into” in these beautiful places.



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By @ 04/22/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Steve Roth, Travel
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Photo from a recent Riga Pride celebration

From our global correspondent Steve Roth who is also a co-founder of Alturi, check out a fun gay party that will also support some worthy causes. The party is co-sponsored by GAYography which is the brainchild of another of our global correspondents, Ashton Giese.

On Wednesday, April 22, the fast-growing LGBT travel weekly news-update, GAYography brief will host an event to introduce Alturi, a new online platform that enables people to take a stand against the violence and oppression facing the international LGBT community. The event, taking place at Therapy, will also be a kickoff for EuroPride 2015 Riga and will feature great travel-related raffle prizes, two-for-one drink specials and music by VJ ohRicky, who will spin EuroVision hits all evening.



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