Manhattan, with its vibrant Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Clinton neighborhoods, has long been a destination for LGBT travelers. In recent years, Brooklyn has become more attractive, thanks to the scores of hipsters and young professionals who migrated across the East River in response to the soaring housing market. The next time you make the trip to New York City, save time to explore this diverse and interesting borough:
FLEA MARKET FINDS
Manhattan skyscrapers tower over the Brooklyn Flea Market each Saturday, called “one of the great urban experiences in New York” by the New York Times. On Sundays, the action moves to DUMBO. Foodies should check out the diverse array of food vendors at “Smorgasburg” in Williamsburg at East River State Park. For more info, go to BrooklynFlea.com.
611 Degaw St.
Location, location, location. The Union Hotel’s updated rooms are small, but all you really need is a place to crash at night. This affordable inn is near the Barclay Center and just a few stops from Manhattan on the D, N and R lines.
604 Union St.
With outlets in Harlem, upstate New York, Stamford, Baltimore and Chicago, this chain is serving up some of the best ribs, brisket and pulled pork east of the Mississippi. Feeling adventurous? Try the Dino Poutine or Pork-sket.
363 5th Ave.
Affectionately known as the “G-Spot,” Ginger’s Bar is a Park Slope institution, popular with the ladies and bois alike. Drinks are half-price during happy hour and the bar hosts themed parties throughout the week.