But this is not simply a story about the ever-gentrification of Manhattan, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also another telling indicator of the decline of the neighborhoodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s status dating back two decades as New YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gayest neighborhood.
This past August, it was one last shower-drenched dance for the iconic go-go boys of Splash. When the club arrived on West 17th Street in 1991, it sparked a great gay migration and gave rise to dozens of nearby establishments catering to the Chelsea Boy life. Today, remaining gay-focused businesses on Eighth Avenue include three porn emporiums (Rainbow Station, the Blue DVD, and the Blue Store) and a handful of menswear shops (including the Starting Line and EFOR). Once thriving and now gone: the Service Station spa and the Big Cup coffee shop, as well as Food Bar and Viceroy restaurants. Rawhide and View are no more, making Gym the AvenueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only gay bar.
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