City Seen: Your Global Gay Destination Update

5 10 2015
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 

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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La Guardia Needs A New Name!

30 07 2015

La Guardia Airport renewed, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineIt’s about time we renamed La Guardia airport! With the proposed (long-overdue, much-desired) top-to-bottom renovation of La Guardia, the New York Times ponders this 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 gay iconic 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 in the comments section below.

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Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Whitney Museum, Stunning Attraction for Gay Travelers

21 06 2015

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.

Insider tips:IMG_4587

  • Start on the 8th floor and make your way to the 5th. It’s in chronological order.
  • Take the cool Artschwager elevatorsor 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

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LGBT Guide To New York City By Bike With NYCGo

18 06 2015

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Check us out on their website, (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:



Gayography Brief: Your Global LGBT News Update

11 06 2015
That's Ashton in the middle with the Pride suspenders

That’s Ashton in the middle with the Pride suspenders

This column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

Exciting week with the onset of Pride around the world! Plus, on Broadway a musical based on the life story of lesbian and her closeted gay father took home Best Musical at the Tony Awards. Meanwhile abroad elections in Turkey highlighted a new pro-LGBT party but trouble persisted against Pride in Moscow and Kiev, where police sustained injuries protecting the “March for Equality.”

Also, check out the story of a North Korean defector – and gay life in a dictatorship. See you at Pride in Brooklyn and EuroPride in Riga!

Click here here for this week’s GAYography brief.

A vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published each Thursday. Subscribe here & like!

Departing Shots: Killer Photos Of Cemeteries

27 05 2015
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?

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The Gay Graves of Brooklyn

29 04 2015


The Gay Graves Tour, a one-of-a-kind tour at Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, returns for spring 2015. The tour will introduce you to the famous and the not-so-famous gay men and lesbians who are among the permanent residents at Green-Wood. The Gay Graves Tour is conducted entirely on foot. Tickets are $30 per person.

Beginning at the fabulous Victorian Gothic entry gate to Green-Wood, we visit the final resting places of four gay composers: Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Jabara and Fred Ebb, as well as those of the groundbreaking lesbian artists, Violet Oakley and Emma Stebbins; plus others.

Amid centuries-old trees, fabulous works of art, and bucolic surroundings enjoy a fascinating dose of gay history, New York history and U.S. history during this unique tour.

The Gay Graves Tour will be conducted on Sunday, May 3rd, beginning promptly at 11 AM at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St. at Fifth Ave., Brooklyn (The 25th St. R train stop is only 1 block from Green-Wood. From Manhattan & Queens, ride the express Q train to DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, changing there to a local R train.)

For further details and to buy tickets, please visit  and if your travels include final resting places, be on the lookout for “Departing Shots” by JJ Keyes in our May issue with coverage of famous cemeteries around the world.


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