In fact, it wasn't until that it received its cabaret license and the dance floor opened. The rents for residential and commercial real estate have skyrocketed, the growing population has pushed clubs out of neighborhoods in favor of condos, and nightlife has become far more regulated. Of course, this isn't about Chelsea versus Hell's Kitchen, or the East Village versus the West Village, as the gay neighborhood in Manhattan; this is about whether or not gay men and the oft-forgotten LBT need a neighborhood at all. This is a far more complicated question and, in reality, one that may be moot. I don't think this is by any means the end of gay culture, just a transformed gay culture that looks a lot different from the one that so many of my friends in their 30s and 40s love reminiscing about with other friends in their 30s and 40s. While those gays who were already residing in Hell's Kitchen couldn't "like" status updates declaring Hell's Kitchen the new epicenter of gay night life fast enough, they neglected to look over their shoulder as Times Square spilled west and the same commercial forces that have reshaped neighborhoods to their south spread northward. Follow Dustin Fitzharris on Twitter:
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The list of gay Chelsea casualties was matched in length only by the possible potential explanations for these casualties: The thought scared him, because he didn't believe there were any places in the city where average guys could meet, flirt and maybe even find romance at a decent hour. Furthermore, it also reflects the changes in gay culture. So the idea of giving them a place where they can let their hair down and be themselves and perhaps make an acquaintance or even fall in love has just given me tremendous joy. He credits the club for giving him the opportunity to start his career in music and in New York City's nightlife.
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Last Dance: Memories of Splash Bar in NYC
First, no one should be surprised that Splash, as a small business, is unable to compete with the megabanks, drug store chains, and big-box retail gunning for storefronts in a very competitive and very pricey commercial real estate market. While bars come and go, Splash's closing further signifies Chelsea's gentrification and the gay community's move to Hell's Kitchen. It advertised the most, so that's where all the tourists went," writer and actor Jesse Archer said. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Now, 22 years later, Splash will close its doors on Aug.
Description:For now he just plans on catching up with his friends and family but will always be proud of what he accomplished. As many folks speculated, a Duane Reade now owned by Walgreens, but still thought of by some New Yorkers as their drug store or an AMC Loews would fill the cavernous space once packed with sweaty gay bodies. In March, Rawhide, also in Chelsea, closed after 34 years. Newspaper Advice Columns and Sexual Education. International tourists using dated print gay guides to Manhattan, slightly-past-their-prime visitors from the Midwest eager to go back to the '90s, when Splash and they were at their most powerful, and of course a steady stream of bridge-and-tunnel clientele kept the place in business, but actual New York gays had long migrated to Hell's Kitchen, Brooklyn and points far beyond the '90s gay enclave of Chelsea.