reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, "the District", or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the United States Congress approved the creation of a special district to serve as the permanent national capital as permitted by the U.S. Constitution. The District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state and is instead directly overseen by the federal government. (Picture: 2007 High Heel Race)

Researchers using data from the 2000 Census revealed that an estimated 33,000 adults in the District of Columbia identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, about 8.1% of the city's adult population. The city council passed legislation in 2009 authorizing same-sex marriage and the District began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in March 2010.

Gentrification efforts are taking hold in Washington, D.C., notably in the neighborhoods of Logan Circle, Shaw, Columbia Heights, the U Street Corridor, and the 14th Street Corridor. Development was fostered in some neighborhoods by the late-1990s construction of the Green Line on Metrorail, Washington's subway system, which linked them to the downtown area. In March 2008, a new shopping mall in Columbia Heights became the first new major retail center in the District in 40 years. As in many cities, gentrification is revitalizing Washington's economy, but analysts claim its benefits are unevenly distributed throughout the city and that the economic growth is not directly helping poor people.

Logan Circle is a traffic circle, neighborhood, and historic district in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The primarily residential neighborhood includes two historic districts, properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sites designated D.C. Historic Landmarks. It is the last major circle in the District that remains entirely residential.

Logan Circle

Read more... )


Further Readings  )
reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)
South Beach, also nicknamed SoBe, is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida, United States. It is the area south of Indian Creek and encompasses roughly the southernmost 23 blocks of the main barrier island that separates the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. (Picture: Lummus Park)

This area was the first section of Miami Beach to be developed, starting in the 1910s, thanks to the development efforts of Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers, and John S. Collins, the latter whose construction of the Collins Bridge provided the first vital land link between mainland Miami and the beaches.

The area has gone through numerous artificial and natural changes over the years, including a booming regional economy, increased tourism, and the 1926 hurricane, which destroyed much of the area. As of 2010, about 33,834 residents live in South Beach.

South Beach started as farmland. In 1870, Henry and Charles Lum purchased 165 acres (67 ha) for coconut farming. Charles Lum built the first house on the beach in 1886. In 1894, the Lum brothers left the island, leaving control of the plantation to John Collins, who came to South Beach two years later to survey the land. He used the land for farming purposes, discovering fresh water and extending his parcel from 14th Street to 67th in 1907.

In 1912, Miami businessmen the Lummus Brothers acquired 400 acres (160 ha) of Collins' land in an effort to build an oceanfront city of modest single family residences. In 1913 Collins started construction of a bridge from Miami to Miami Beach. Although some local residents invested in the bridge, Collins ran short of money before he could complete it.

Lincoln Road

Read more... )

South Beach, how fun!! On South Beach there is obviously Lincoln Road that can't be missed. A good, consistently good, not overpriced restaurant is Balan's. Balan’s (1022 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) is always good, not over priced, Good for people watching, and good for either breakfast or dinner.

If you go into the city, our favorite restaurant is a Miami establishment that only the locals know about it, Hy Vong (3458 Southwest 8th Street, Miami). It is an all night experience, no reservations and sometimes people wait for some time. Go either at 6:00 PM sharp or after 9:00, especially on Fri and Saturday. Thursday night seems to have a lesbian crowd that goes there.

If you go south of 5th, you will find a ton of really good, pricier, restaurants, bars etc. So much to see and do in Miami!.

Remember that nearly every place on the beach includes tip to your bill (although it is not always clear they do unless you look).

Tapas & Tintos (wine) is on 448 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, I don't know how busy they may be on a Sunday night or whether or not they have their live music Sunday but the street is adorable and worth seeing. If you don't feel like that restaurant, you can walk north a few blocks and be right on Lincoln road or walk east a couple of blocks and be right on Collins Ave again where there are tons of options. It is sometimes hit and miss on both price and quality.

Haulover Beach is the largest nude beach in US. (10800 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, This place is a lot of fun and you might want to skip everything else and go to it. It is very mixed with all ages, sizes and sexual orientations. The "gay" area is on the North side of the beach. It would be quite hopping on a Sunday afternoon.

Good bars (these are all mixed bars): Sky Bar (, 1901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach), Cameo Nightclub (1445 Washington avenue, Miami Beach), Mansion Nightclub (, 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach), Mokai Lounge (, 235 23rd Street, Miami Beach), Social Miami at Sagamore (, 1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), Blue Door At the Delano Hotel (, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), Blue Martini (, 900 S Miami Ave, Miami), The Forge (41st Street, Miami Beach), SET (320 Lincoln Rd, Miami), Nikki Beach (, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach).

Gay Clubs: Twist (Washington avenue), Score (Lincoln Road), Mova (near Lincoln Road on Michigan). –Ken Kimball

When I moved to Miami in 1986, I hung out a lot on South Beach. It was always a fascinating place, constantly changing. You had the contrast of the old Art Deco buildings, often fading and run down, against the beauty of the ocean. Gradually people began buying up old hotels and renovating them, and chefs opening cool restaurants, and then fascinating quirky stores opening.

I wanted to set a book there for a long time. Finally, with, I had that chance. But there were still so many more stories that could be told. I wrote a few short stories that built off that setting, and then, one day I was walking past a gym just off Lincoln Road. Through the big plate glass windows I could see lots of handsome, muscled guys working out.

I wondered what it would feel like to live on Miami Beach and see that kind of thing every day, and long to be (or have sex with) one of those guys. That was the first genesis of The Guardian Angel of South Beach.

I wrote a short story around this idea and submitted it for an anthology. The editor rejected it, and I don't blame her; there was too much plot for such a short piece. I went back and expanded it, teasing out the relationship that develops between the protagonist and a very cute barista. So it's both a story about coming to accept yourself, as well as a sexy romance. --Neil Plakcy

Further Readings )
reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)
Davie Village (also Davie District or simply Davie Street) is a neighbourhood in the West End of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is the home of the city's gay subculture, and, as such, is often considered a gay village or "gaybourhood". It is centred around Davie Street and roughly includes the area between Burrard and Jervis streets. Davie Street - and, by extension, the Village - is named in honour of A.E.B. Davie, eighth Premier of British Columbia from 1887 to 1889; A.E.B's brother Theodore was also Premier, from 1892 to 1895.

The Davie Street Business Association coined the name "Davie Village" in 1999 and also commissioned banners from local artist Joe Average, which fly from lampposts along the street. The two-sided banners depict a rainbow flag on one side and a sun design by Average on the other. Many businesses and residents along Davie Street and in the West End generally also fly rainbow flags as a symbol of gay pride, and many of the covered bus stop benches and garbage cans along Davie Street are painted bright pink.

Along Davie Street are a variety of shops, restaurants, services, and hotels catering to a variety of customers, as well as private residences. Davie Village is also home to the offices of Xtra! West, a biweekly LGBT newspaper, Qmunity (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Centre) which provides a variety of services for the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents, and the Vancouver Pride Society, which puts on the annual Pride Parade and Festival. The business with the most notoriety is Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium ("Little Sister's", 1238 Davie Street), a gay and lesbian bookstore, because of its ongoing legal battles with Canada Customs that have received extensive national media coverage.

The Village hosts a variety of events during the year, including the Davie Street Pride Festival which runs in conjunction with Vancouver's annual Gay Pride Parade, during which sections of the street are closed to motor traffic. Davie Day is also held each year in early September, to celebrate local businesses and the community itself. This Day is designed to build awareness and promote the surrounding businesses, and is focused around Jervis to Burrard Street.

Read more... )

Source: &

Further Readings )
reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)
Boystown is the popular name of a district within Chicago, Illinois. Situated within the neighborhood of Lakeview, it was the first officially recognized gay village in the United States, as well as the cultural center of one of the largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) communities in the nation. Boystown has grown into a cultural center for the LGBT residents living within the Chicago metropolitan area.

The sector's informal boundaries are Grace Street to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Diversey Parkway to the south, and Clark Street to the west. Boystown lies just south of the Wrigleyville area, another district within the Lakeview neighborhood. Boystown has carved a niche all its own within the urban fabric of Chicago proper. The Center on Halsted, an LGBT community center, is also located on Halsted Street.

Boystown is known for its colorful nightlife and inviting atmosphere. Bars in Boystown close at 3am weekdays and many are open until 5am on weekends. Boystown also consists of trendy fashion outlets, Chicago's "Off-Loop" theater district, historic architecture, wine boutiques, specialty restaurants, and shops, many of these businesses lying on Halsted, Belmont, Clark, and Broadway. The city's annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade runs from Belmont and Halsted north on Halsted Street, then south along Broadway down to Diversey, and then finally east on Diversey to Lincoln Park, along the lakefront.

Public transportation is provided by the Belmont and Addison stations on the Red Line, and by Brown Line as well as numerous bus routes and taxicabs.

Read more... )


In Chicago, Boystown covers a very large area. Its "main street" is of course, Halsted street from the corner of Halsted and Belmont north. There are innumerable bars lining both sides of the street, intermixed with gyms, shops, and stores catering to the gay community. There are bars appealing to the entire spectrum of tastes. Perhaps one of the most typical "gay bar" type is Roscoe's, on the corner of Roscoe and Hasted, and one of the largest and most popular (several different bars and a roof patio) is SideKicks. The Center on Halsted, the city's new, sprawling Gay Community Service Center, is on Halsted just past Addison.

On Broadway, also north of Belmont is Unabridged Books, which is a flagship independent bookstore serving the gay community for I don't know how many years, and kitty-corner from it is the Caribou Coffee Shop on the corner of Aldine and Halsted.

Boystown restaurants popular with the community include Ann Sathers, the Melrose, and Stella's.

Among popular restaurants in Boystown, the Chicago Diner, a landmark vegetarian restaurant on Halsted near Roscoe. A must-visit for vegetarians.

The Century Theater, at the corner of Clark and Diversey, regularly feature independent gay films.

There is a lot to see and do in Chicago's Boystown, with something for everyone. –Dorien Grey

Unabridged Books

Pride Parade, Boystown

Further readings )
reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)
West Hollywood, a city of Los Angeles County, California, was incorporated on November 29, 1984, with a population of 34,399 at the 2010 census. 41% of the city's population is made up of gay men according to a 2002 demographic analysis by Sara Kocher Consulting for the City of West Hollywood. West Hollywood and the neighboring city of Beverly Hills are together entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles.

The West Hollywood Halloween Carneval is an event that takes place annually on October 31. The largest Halloween street party in the United States (spanning over one mile (1.6 km) of Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard on the East to Doheny and the Beverly Hills border on the West), the 2007 Carneval was reported to have more than 350,000 people in attendance, with some traveling from other countries specifically for the event.

Christopher Street West is a gay pride parade and festival that was first held in June 1970 in Hollywood to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. After incorporation, the event moved to West Hollywood and is typically held the second weekend in June.

The Oscars is a major event in the city with a majority of the large Academy Award party venues being located in the city. Many streets are closed and traffic swells on this day each year.

Foto di West Hollywood 
Questa foto di West Hollywood è offerta da TripAdvisor.

Read more... )

Everyone has to go, at least once to the Abbey, in WeHo -- it's a right of passage.  It's too expensive, the ambiance however is nice with all sorts of different seating areas. --James Buchanan
Read more... )

Further Readings )
reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)
With summer people need to "escape", and so I will introduce a new weekly appointment, a little "card" from some of the best LGBT location around the world; I hope this will inspire my friends, both to go then to choose it as a possible "setting". Of course, my first choice is Provincetown, Massachussetts

Provincetown is a New England town located at the extreme tip of Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 3,431 at the 2000 census, with an estimated 2007 population of 3,174. Sometimes called "P-town", the town is known for its beaches, harbor, artists, tourist industry, and its status as a gay village.

The area was originally settled by the Nauset tribe, who had a settlement known as Meeshawn. Provincetown was incorporated by English settlers in 1727 after harboring ships for more than a century. Bartholomew Gosnold named Cape Cod in Provincetown Harbor in 1602. In 1620, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact when they arrived at the harbor. They agreed to settle and build a self-governing community, and then came ashore in the West End. Though the Pilgrims chose to settle across the bay in Plymouth, Provincetown enjoyed an early reputation for its fishing grounds. The "Province Lands" were first formally recognized by the union of Plymouth colony and Massachusetts Bay colony in 1692, and its first municipal government was established in 1714. The population of Provincetown remained small through most of the 18th century.

Read more... ) 


Further Readings )


reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)

April 2019

 1234 56


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags


All cover art, photo and graphic design contained in this site are copyrighted by the respective publishers and authors. These pages are for entertainment purposes only and no copyright infringement is intended. Should anyone object to our use of these items please contact by email the blog's owner.
This is an amateur blog, where I discuss my reading, what I like and sometimes my personal life. I do not endorse anyone or charge fees of any kind for the books I review. I do not accept money as a result of this blog.
I'm associated with Amazon/USA Affiliates Programs.
Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. However, some books were purchased by the reviewer and not provided for free. For information on how a particular title was obtained, please contact by email the blog's owner.
Days of Love Gallery - Copyright Legenda:

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Apr. 21st, 2019 03:07 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios