Sealing Hell’s Kitchen with a Kiss


Hell’s Kitchen was anointed Manhattan’s hottest gay neighborhood by the New York Times this weekend, and they’ve got some fancy census data to back up their claims:

“Though it is hard to measure changes in a neighborhood’s population with respect to sexual orientation, the demographer Gary Gates has tried to do just that. A co-author of ‘The Gay and Lesbian Atlas,’ published in 2004, Mr. Gates analyzed census data broken down by ZIP code and concluded that Chelsea’s central ZIP code, 10011, followed by the West Village’s, 10014, had the city’s highest numbers of households made up of same-sex unmarried couples. By 2000, when the most recent census was taken, the 10036 ZIP code in Hell’s Kitchen already had the third-highest number of gay couples, indicating that the gay settlement of Hell’s Kitchen was already well under way.”

And kudos to Towleroad contributor Josh Helmin (also of Josh & Josh) and his boyfriend Brian Orter (see photo above, which appeared on the front page of the City Section this weekend) for continuing to ensure that the territory is well-marked.

Under the Rainbow [nyt]


  1. says

    back in the 80’s all those soap-actor wannabe’s and dance-troupers had already began migration to hell’s kitchen from the guppie upperwestside.

  2. Gregoire says

    That article made me vomit. I love when the New York Times ordains things. Naturally in order to conclude that the area is now officially ‘gay’ they had to include pictures of drag queens and porn stars.

  3. says

    I don’t think just because the NYT wrote it makes it so. However, anyone who has walked through Hell’s Kitchen with their eyes open over the past four or five years could tell you that it was quickly becoming the new gay hotspot. Hell, Barbara Corcoran said that three years ago.

    I love the Times but they are a couple of years late on this story.

  4. Adam says

    I always thought Hell’s Kitchen was pretty lame actually but then I never really did care for Chelsea either. I’d much rather spend time in the gay haunts of the East Village or parts of Brooklyn.
    Either way they are both not really gay neighborhoods now as much as they are RICH gay neighborhoods and mostly white rich gay neighborhoods at that. Pretty depressing.
    Cute couple though.

  5. Gary says

    I wholeheartedly agree with you, Adam. The trendy rich white gay ‘hoods are cookie-cutter boring, but that makes the NY Times flutter with self-satisfaction.

    I took the article with the same enthusiasm as the gay rag mags (yes you Out and Genre) that splash the ‘trend setting editorials’, replete with $400 pairs of jeans and $2500 man bags. Please.

  6. Jack! says

    They look like such a cute couple.

    I’m glad gay people have a home. The West Village is being pillaged and eventually destroyed by straight people.

  7. Tommy says

    This area has ALWAYS been gay. When we moved there in the 80’s it was known as the “dance belt” because all the dancers that lived there. And the Crossroads Bar, now gone, was always rocking after the theater.

  8. boroughproud says

    Jesus Christ, are the gays breeding? They’ve nearly taken over all of New York.

  9. says

    Thanks for the article Andy.

    It’s a much needed breath of fresh air in a sea of negative feelings :)

  10. Charles says

    Hell, the East Village and the LES are cookie cutter white gay neighborhoods too-it’s all so conformist and judgemental and feeds back on itself.

    And where do you live, FanGirlHater? NYC isnt the only place to live and it may not be the best-it really is expensive-and I think it’s maybe more materialistic and harder to live a good life here-it’s fun for a few years of “working hard and playing hard”-I hate that phrase-but after that what do you do? It seems like gay men in cities like Chicago, Denver, Austin, Seattle, Portland lead happier more balanced lives than New Yorkers, have better chances for real relationships, can just be themselves…could see myself heading back to middle America or to the West Coast in a few years…