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Hell’s Kitchen – Don’t Let this LGBTQ Neighborhood’s Name Fool You

Hell’s Kitchen is one of the more notorious-sounding neighborhoods in New York. Just based off the name, it certainly doesn’t sound like a place you’d want to move. While it’s true that the area did once have a poor reputation, in recent years it has undergone gentrification. While it was originally the home of many poor immigrants, today Hell’s Kitchen is populated by many actors and young professionals. It’s also one of New York’s primary LGBTQ communities.

How Hell’s Kitchen Got Its Name

Hell’s Kitchen Don’t Let this LGBTQ Neighborhood’s Name Fool YouThe neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen is more officially known as Clinton, but few people call it that. It occupies the area between 34th and 59th and from Eighth Avenue to around 43rd Street. No one is actually certain how the neighborhood got its unique nickname. There are a few different stories. One claims that Davy Crockett coined the term while making horrible comments about the Irish immigrants in the area. Another says Hell’s Kitchen was originally used to describe a building on 54th Street but later expanded to the entire district.

Greenwich Village and the Gay Exodus

Greenwich Village was one of the first gay villages in New York City, but because of gentrification and other changes in the neighborhood, the cost of living has increased over the years. In the early 1990s, the neighborhood saw something of an exodus due to the expensive housing prices and other costs. Many gay and lesbian residents moved to nearby Chelsea. However, it didn’t take long for housing prices in this area to also skyrocket.

The gentrification in Chelsea led to a number of people moving to Hell’s Kitchen. The neighborhood is now considered by some to be the new gay center of Manhattan. However, while it’s still more affordable than Greenwich Village and Chelsea, it’s true that costs are increasing in Hell’s Kitchen.

Points of Interest

One of the central locations in the Hell’s Kitchen LGBTQ community is the Metropolitan Community Church of New York. This church is primarily focused on serving the LGBTQ community, though it does have members of all orientations and gender identities. The church was founded in Los Angeles, but it has moved several times until it found its current location in 1994.

The Actor’s Studio, an organization for actors, directors, and writers, is located in Hell’s Kitchen. A number of well-known actors have studied here under the direction of Lee Strasberg. The studio draws a number of aspiring actors to Hell’s Kitchen, many of whom live in the Manhattan Plaza.

The USS Intrepid is docked on the Hudson River Pier 86 on 46th Street. The aircraft carrier serves as the main part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which also includes a Lockheed A-12 plane, a submarine, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Interested in moving to Hell’s Kitchen? The many restaurants, studios, and other locations make it a great place for aspiring actors, directors, and writers. A gay or lesbian real estate agent can help you find the perfect place in this unique LGBTQ neighborhood.

The Welcoming Cities of New York

When people think of moving to New York, the first city that pops into mind is New York City. While it’s the largest and most populous city in the state, its cost of living may be much too high for some people. NYC is very welcoming and has many LGBT people living in it, of course, but it may not be right for you. If you’re moving to New York and want to find a place where you won’t feel like an outsider, but also won’t feel as if you’re always on the edge of being broke, here are a few suggestions.

Buffalo

The Welcoming Cities of New YorkBuffalo is only an hour away from Canada and Niagara Falls, making it a great location for those who may want to visit our neighbor to the north. Buffalo is home to the Pride Center of Western New York, which offers a good number of different programs and events throughout the year. The city also hosts Buffalo Pride Fest every year. The city has a growing arts scene, too. Your gay or lesbian real estate agent will be able to point you to an area of Buffalo that’s quite affordable, too.

Ithica

Ithica is home to two major educational institutions: Ithaca College and Cornell University. That means it’s the definition of a college town. This rural area is fairly quiet in places, and its home to a number of LGBT bars and other businesses. Farmer’s markets, food festivals, and other food-related events are fairly popular here, too. If you love outdoors, you’ll enjoy spending time hiking in the nearby hills and viewing the 100-plus waterfalls that are spread throughout the area.

Albany

Albany is the capital of the state, and it’s also home to the U.S.’s very first LGBT community center. That adds a bit of history to the city, and today, Albany continues to show its support to the LGBT community. It has a very active pride group that hosts Capital Pride every year. If you’d like to try something a little different, there’s the Big Gay Cruise down the Hudson River. That’s a lot of fun for those looking to network with others in the LGBT community.

Rochester

Rochester is the third-largest city in New York, and it’s also home to a couple of great universities. The city hosts the Rochester Pride festival every year, plus Rochester hosts the ImageOut LGBT film festival every year. If you’re looking for a larger city to call home, Rochester may be perfect.

Don’t Buy a New Construction Home without YOUR OWN Realtor

There are a ton of things to consider when you decide to buy a new home. Should you buy pre-owned, or freshly built? What area should you move to? What’s your minimum and maximum price point?

imagesBuying a new home that’s being freshly constructed has quite a few perks. For example, there’s no likelihood of past wear and tear damage; however, the buying process can be a bit more confusing than usual. Because of this, you absolutely need representation. GayRealEstate.com agents have the proper knowledge, decorum, and experience needed to successfully negotiate a new property’s price on your behalf.

The Seller’s Representative Isn’t Looking Out For Your Best Interest

The representatives (agents) in the sales center at the new home construction site represent the seller. This agent(s) is looking out for the best interests of the property and the seller. This means that they may omit details about the construction, the neighborhood, the schools, the soils (anything) unless you ask. They won’t inform you of other local properties that may be similar at a lower price. And most importantly, they’ll charge the highest price they can get out of you. The seller of the property has an agent on-hand that is primarily invested in their best interests. Therefore, you should too.

Your Representative Can Communicate Better Than You Can

Your representative can communicate with the seller’s agent using industry jargon. Not only does it garner more respect for the both of you, it also means that both of you are more likely to be kept in-the-loop on every detail moving forward. This also takes haggling into account. When you haggle, it’s very easy to come across as condescending or rude by accident just because haggling in real-estate is complex. Your seller may be willing to haggle if it’s offered in a roundabout way. For example, instead of reducing the list price of the home from $500,000 to $485,000.00, they may be willing to front the cost of something else that costs $ 15,000.00. The list price of the house doesn’t decrease, and you still saved $5,000.00. The real estate agent representing you has experience in business dealings, so you won’t have to worry about making this potentially costly misstep.

Your Representative Has More Information Than You

Sites like Zillow are great for general information and pricing. However, your agent will be privy to different, in-depth sources that you won’t have access to. They also have the benefit of industry connections. Without this information, you could be working with a seller or seller’s agent who is known for making bad deals, or worse, building crappy homes, without knowing it!

Your Representative Might Find You Something Better

An experienced representative keeps themselves up-to-date with all of the current housing trends in the area. That means that they’ll tell you if a better home appears nearby at a similar or cheaper price. They’ll give you a giant list of options to consider before you commit to one home.

Buyer Representation is FREE!

When the seller contracts an agent, they agree to pay the agent a portion of the total commission when the house is sold. If you do business with the seller, the seller’s agent must pay your agent a portion from that commission as well. Buyer’s representation doesn’t cost you (the buyer) anything, so there’s no reason not to be represented!

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