New York has always been on the forefront of sexual liberty in America. The Everard Baths opened in the late 19th century and soon became New York’s hottest spot for homos to gather and do what comes naturally. Many other gay bathhouses followed. Literary luminaries like Walt Whitman and Truman Capote satisfied their lust for rough trade in the Big Apple’s outdoor cruising grounds and underground haunts. When Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs–leaders the cocksucker wing of the Beat Generation—started hanging out in Greenwich Village in the 1950s, the Village became a magnet, attracting gay men from around the U.S. to the big city. In 1969, Greenwich Village erupted when a ragtag group of outsiders revolted against the cops who raided the Stonewall Inn. A year later, the first ever gay pride parade drew 5,000 marchers.
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, the butch gay crowd took advantage of urban decay along the New York waterfront. In the roughest corner of Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District (the name alone is enough to make you horny) became home to infamous S&M bars like the Mineshaft and the Anvil. Further up the Hudson in Chelsea, the longshoremen moved on (the straight ones anyway), and the legendary leather bars the Eagle’s Nest and the Spike opened up. Anonymous fucking went on 24/7 on the decrepit Chelsea Piers. Sadly, all of these spaces are gone, victim to gentrification and the internet.
But you pigs can make your own depraved history in New York. Lots of perverts now congregate at the Eagle NYC, the successor to the Eagle’s Nest. There are opportunities for filthy behavior every night of the week. Jockstrap Wednesdays, hosted by local leather luminary Q Darkwolf, are particularly popular. Party in just your underwear on Thursday nights. Get geared up for Kink and Gear nights on Thursdays. Maybe you’ll be town for Rough Sex on a Friday night every other month, when a sexy club vibe takes over. And that’s not even to mention Frisky Saturday, Sunday Beer Blast, and Hanky Tuesday. There’s something for every kind of pig!
There’s no need to confine yourself to the Eagle’s perch in Chelsea. Sleazy fuckers head to the Cock in the East Village. It’s not a place for subtleties. Get your weekend started really early at their Dirty Gay Fetish parties on Tuesdays. Across town on Christopher Street in the West Village, Ty’s maintains a macho ‘70s vibe. Further west on Christopher Street is Rockbar, a fetish-friendly bear bar.
New York’s historic bathhouses are gone. But when you’re ready to put down the drink and start fucking, there are still slutty places to go. For bathhouse cruising, choose between the West Side Club in Chelsea and the East Side Club in Midtown East. For something trashier, check out the men at Les Hommes on the Upper East Side. This “Gay Male Entertainment Store” has private booths for your sucking and fucking pleasure. Those who like pain with their pleasure head to Paddles in Chelsea.
Guys who love dancing in their gear can get sweaty when the guys who throw the BRUT and DILF parties come to town. And of course every spring there’s the Black Party, the granddaddy of salacious circuit parties. This notorious bacchanal is now in its fifth filthy decade.
What’s a trip to New York without shopping! New York’s most well known leather shop is the Leather Man in the West Village, just down Christopher Street from the Stonewall Inn. Self-identified pigs make a pilgrimage to Nasty Pig, the fetish super-brand’s flagship location in Chelsea. Try out the latest fetish fashions at Mama Leather in the Bronx. For high-quality custom-fit gear, make an appointment with legends Jorge Rubio, Troy Anicete, or David Samuel Menkes.
You must get some cultcha when you’re in New York. Of course you’re going to pay your respects to the pioneers who led the way at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. Stonewall, now a National Monument, is the only site in the U.S.’s vast National Park System celebrating LGBT history. But there’s more homo culture to see in Manhattan. Head down to Soho to admire works by Hockney, Warhol, Mapplethorpe, Tom of Finland, and more at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, a museum dedicated to LGBTQ art and artists.
New York is the City That Never Sleeps. But you will still need someplace to crash. The Colonial House Inn in Chelsea has been a favorite for Leathermen for decades. It has a clothing-optional rooftop deck. If you want a leather-friendly place to get your hotel points, try Four Points by Sheraton in Chelsea or Hilton Garden Inn in the nearby Garment District. For something fetish-friendly in the Outer Boroughs, there’s the Opera House Hotel in the Bronx. It’s the official hotel of the Black Party.
For more information or where to find fetish fun in New York and around the world, check out my website Leathermen Travel at www.leathermentravel.com.
The Eagle NYC eagle-ny.com/
The Cock www.thecockbar.com
West Side Club westsideclubnyc.com/home/
East Side Club eastsideclubnyc.com/home/
Les Hommes www.facebook.com/LesHommesPrime/
Black Party www.saintatlarge.com/
The Leather Man www.theleatherman.com/
Nasty Pig store.nastypig.com/
Mama Leather www.mamaleather.com/
Rubio Leather www.facebook.com/rubioleather
Anicete-New York Atelier de Cuir www.facebook.com/pages/Anicete-New-York-Atelier-De-Cuir/473074716225173
David Samuel Menkes Custom Leather www.davidmenkesleather.com/
Stonewall National Monument www.nps.gov/ston/index.htm
Leslie-Lohman Museum www.leslielohman.org/
Colonial House Inn www.colonialhouseinn.com/
Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycpc-four-points-manhattan-chelsea/
Hilton Garden Inn New York/West 35th Street www.hilton.com/en/hotels/nyctfgi-hilton-garden-inn-new-york-west-35th-street/
Opera House Hotel www.operahousehotel.com/