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Why you should go to New York City !

New York City is perhaps the most popular LGBT travel destination in the world, which is not surprising, considering it's the birthplace of the gay rights movement and Pride, as well as being the global capital of commerce, art, theater and fashion. It's a city with a million different facets, and the LGBT community here is vibrant and diverse.

Like most dynamic cities, the neighborhoods in New York are in a constant state of flux. The West Village, home to Christopher Street and the Stonewall Inn, is the most historic gay neighborhood, but it's certainly not the only one. Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen have both had their time as the gay neighborhood-of-the-moment, and are still home to a high concentration of gay bars and nightclubs. And as the young and hip continue moving to the outer boroughs in search of cheaper rents, neighborhoods like Brooklyn's Williamsburg or Park Slope and Jackson Heights in Queens have seen an immense growth in LGBT population.

Historically New York is famous in the LGBT scene as the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, when a police raid of gay bar The Stonewall Inn - which was standard practice at the time - resulted in a spontaneous uprising that continued for almost a week, and redefined the gay rights movement in America. The first anniversary of these riots, in June 1970, was the first ever Pride march. Of course New York also has an incredible amount to offer in terms of night life, cultural institutions, art and theater.

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View itineraries for a sample day out in New York City

Bijou Film Forum

Behind an unmarked door on East 4th St in the East Village is a secret underground theater called the Bijou Film...

Rockefeller Center Secret Gardens

Rockefeller Center has a series of secret rooftop gardens that are accessible to the public with a little sleuthing. 

Tabernacle of Prayer Church

In Jamaica, Queens, the Tabernacle of Prayer Church is housed in what was once one of the grandest movie palaces in New...

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