Staten Island 2016 Gay Pride - Staten Island Pride Fest 2016

Staten Island Gay Pride
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On its own 102-square-mile land mass that's actually much nearer to New Jersey than the rest of New York, Staten Island is the least-populous and most politically conservative borough of New York City, with a population of about 475,000. To put that into perspective, this hilly borough has population density of about 8,100 per square mile, versus Manhattan's density of 71,000 per square mile. It's a mostly residential borough with just a handful of attractions and an increasingly vibrant arts scene, owing in part to Staten Island's relative affordability, especially along the North Shore, in communities like Tompkinsville, Stapleton, and St. George, the terminus of the Staten Island-Manhattan ferry.

While Staten Island doesn't have a huge gay scene (and no real gay bars to speak of), the LGBT community has grown a lot in recent years, both in size and visibility. The borough plays host to Staten Island Pride Fest in mid-July - the date this year is July 16, 2016. It's the one NYC Gay Pride that doesn't take place in June, as Manhattan's NYC Pride is in late June and Brooklyn and Queens pride events are earlier that month.

Staten Island Gay Pride takes place on Saturday, July 16, at the lovely and historic Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, on the island's north shore, a 40-minute walk or 15-minute bus ride (via the S40) from the Staten Island Ferry terminal in St. George, on Bay Street. More details will be provided as information is released.

For more on the NYC Gay scene, check out local papers like Next Magazine and the Staten Island LIve Gay & Lesbian blog for details. And be sure to have a glance at the helpful GLBT website produced by the city's official tourism organization, NYC & Company.

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