Gay District discussion 5/20/2016: DC vs NYC- The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Gay District discussion 5/20/2016: DC vs NYC- The good, the bad, and the ugly.


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Ok, maybe the DC/NYC rivalry isn’t quite what Charles Dickens had in mind with this opening line from ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. Maybe the better description of this East Coast grudge is in Billy Shakespeare’s prologue for Romeo & Juliet:


“Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”


What does this Shakespeare and Dickens have to do with anything?? Well, it seems something small around town is sparking a “new mutiny” from the not-so-ancient grudge between these two “households”.


Have you noticed something new cropping up around DC lately? You see a small black sticker saying “this is not new york’ as you’re riding up a metro escalator. Seems harmless enough right? There are plenty of places in DC with advertisements, stickers, graffiti and more. So what’s the big deal about a sticker?


As reported on recently by an area blog, reveals that the sticker campaign is run by a relatively new website dubbed “Stuck in DC”. The premised of Stuck in DC is largely poking fun at the metro area in articles such as



Some proud Washingtonians are pretty upset by the jabs at their home; some are even volunteering to go around town and remove all the stickers. This sticker sabotage seems to be the ‘new mutiny’ throwing gasoline on the continuously burning coals of the DC/NYC rivalry.


For anyone unfamiliar with the rivalry between NYC and DC you’re probably wondering “So why the grudge match? Do people really take sides on NYC or DC?” And the answer seems to be a resounding ‘Yes’. People can’t seem to help themselves but compare the two cities, and the relative close distance and ease of accessibility by train or bus makes going from one to the other all the easier.


How do people compare the cities? There are scads of articles (samples here and here) that discuss things such as the metro vs. subway, cost of living, food & bars, culture, and nightlife. Then there are less than friendly areas of comparisons such as “Who’s Snobbier: New York or D.C.?”  Within LGBT circles there’s also the question of which place is better for gays. It’s interesting to note that both OUT magazine’s travel section and even the New York Times have published articles about DC being the gayest city in America starting back in 2013, but NYC has been known as an almost Mecca-like gay haven in the US for decades.


At this week’s Gay District let’s create our own ranking. What do you think about the rivalry, and which town has your vote? Can there be only one, or can we strike a respectful balance of “different but equal” for these East-Coast titans? Come to this week’s Gay District and find out!


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